Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Arms of Love by Kelly Long

Book Description:  The year is 1777. America is in turmoil.  And Amish life is far different than today.
Pennsylvania in the late 18th century, once called William Penn's Woods, was an assortment of different faiths living together for the first time in American history. Included in this tapestry was a small and struggling population called Amish.
Surrounding this peaceful people were unavoidable threats: both Patriots and the British were pillaging land and goods for the sake of the war, young Amishmen were leaving the faith to take up arms and defend freedom. A simple walk in the untamed forests could result in death, if not from bullet or arrow, then from an encounter with a wild animal. 
Amid this time of tumult, Adam Wyse is fighting a personal battle. To possibly join the war efforts and leave his faith, which would mean walking away from the only woman he's ever loved: Lena Yoder. But for that love he's made a promise that may keep them apart permanently.
When Adam withdraws from Lena, she's forced to turn to his brother, Isaac, for support. Must Lena deny her heart's desire to save Adam's soul? And will life in this feral and primitive New World be more than this peace-keeping people can withstand?
My Review:  Having read Kelly Long's Patch of Heaven Series, I knew that Arms of Love would be a great read, too!
Arms of Love is an interesting read about the first years of America.  
This story takes place in Pennsylvania, William Penn's Woods.  There are many different kinds of people...all seeking freedoms,especially religious freedom.
Adam Wyse is frustrated.  He is Amish but in the midst of a battle.  A different kind.of.Amish-faith seeking but yet wanting to be free in this territory. 
This is an interesting, from a man's viewpoint kind-of-read.  Which makes for an interesting read.
Then there's Adam's brother, Issac.  So, very different than Adam.  I found a correlation between the two brothers and their daad somewhat like the two brothers in the Bible, Jacob & Esau and their father.
Of course, there's romance to lighten the read.  
I found it interesting, too, that Adam didn't want to fight but he would trick the "enemy."  
This isn't your "average" Amish read....more like a historical Amish read.
THere is also a great "Novel Bible Study" at the very end of the book.  This is great for Book Clubs or even just for one reader.
*This book was provided for review by BookSneeze/Thomas Nelson*

Meet The Author:
Kelly Long was born and raised in North Central Pennsylvania. There was an Amish hitching post at the small grocery store in her town. She loves to write Amish romance and is the author of novel, Sarah's Garden, the novella Amish Christmas Expanded Edition with some other great Amish authors, Amish Love with Beth Wiseman and Kathy Fuller, and Lilly's Wedding Quilt--the sequel to Sarah's Garden. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and children.

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401684963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401684969

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