This novel had such heart throughout and I throughly enjoyed it. The characters were real, full of doubts, grief, family issues, love and friendship. A family tragedy brings Chris to his uncles house in Bird in Hand. His dad has hurt him terribly and he feels he is not wanted at his house. He learns a new trade at the hands of his uncle and his uncles partner and next door neighbor. The neighbor has a beautiful daughter, Emily, who realizes Chris is unhappy and has lots of things bothering him. She sets her goal to befriend him and try to break through his hard exterior.
I loved the character Emily. She was so giving, always thinking of others over herself. She goes out of her way to help and serve not only her family but Chris. She even plans early in their friendship to make him a quilt.
As their relationship grows, things are hidden that could cause heartbreak. Does Chris ever resolve his issues with his dad, or do his nightmares continue to eat him up? As Emily helps her middle sister plan her wedding, she begins to believe a special someone will never be sent into her life by God.
You may need a box or two of tissues to get through this book, but it will be well worth it. FYI: Don't read the epilogue if you have no intentions of reading the fourth and final book in this series, but why wouldn't you I ask? If it's even half as good as this one it will be worth every minute of your time.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through The Fiction Guild and was not require to write a review, positive or otherwise.