by Jennifer Beckstrand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jennifer Beckstrand has given readers a chance to meet three brothers in a new series she has created and Andrew Petersheim is the brother we meet first. He is a little arrogant in the beginning and very judgemental but before the book is over, we see a man who has been changed by love. Mary Coblenz is a wonderful young Amish woman who made some bad choices and is back home to face her family and community. She is also the object of both Andrew's judgement and his affection. Bitsy Weaver is the eccentric but lovable person who offers Mary a home and support as she waits for her baby to be born and Andrew's eight-year-old brothers are also great additions to the story. These boys and Bitsy gave me several laugh-out-loud moments and I am hoping that I will find them in the next books of this new series, The Petersheim Brothers.
This book has a lot of humor but it is the faith-filled message that will remain with me. I realized that my initial dislike of Andrew's actions and reactions were in fact things I may have once been guilty of myself! This story reminded me that we humans are eager to judge and we often concentrate on each other's faults and shortcomings; instead, we need to focus on encouraging and helping those who have fallen. Or, as Andrew so wisely decided, 'Maybe their sins were worse than his. Maybe his sins were worse than theirs. Only Jesus knew that. Their job was to love and forgive each other.'
Jennifer Beckstrand has written a sweet, romantic , and heartwarming book and I recommend Andrew to all who enjoy Amish and Christian fiction.
I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit Tours and NetGalley and I am voluntarily sharing my opinion in this review.