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More Bethany House Reviews April 12, 2010

Levi’s Will by W. Dale Cramer

Summary: Dusk. An Amish farm in Ohio. Will’s father doesn’t recognize him at first–it’s been eight years–so he holds a match up to Will’s face to see him better. “I thought you were dead,” Levi Mullet says, then blows out the match and walks away.

This is not how it’s supposed to be. Where’s the fatted calf? The party?

For years, Will has worked to overcome the ban of his father and the Old Order Amish community. Only now, when the life of his own son hangs in the balance, does he begin to see the truth–that love is the proof of God, and forgiveness the peroof of love.

Levi’s Will is the mesmerizing story of an Amishman seeking to build a bridge across three generations.

Author Bio: W. Dale Cramer, author of critically acclaimed novels Sutter’s Cross and Bad Ground, lives in Georgia with his wife, Pam, and their two sons.

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Levi’s Will was awarded the 2006 Christy Award in the Contemporary Fiction (Stand-Alone) category. Levi’s Will was also recognized by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2005. Levi’s Will was named best Christian novel of the year by Booklist (Oct. ’04 – Oct. ’05). Levi’s Will was named Best Christian novel of 2005 by Christian Fiction

My Review: What an interesting tale of a man who wants to escape his Amish life and yet once he does he still cannot escape who he once was. I love Amish stories, and this one was not any different. I really enjoyed the characters throughout the story. I sometimes had a difficult time with the changing back and forth between the 1980s and the 1940s, but the story itself overall was definitely worth the read. I have always been fascinated by the life of the Amish. I would recommend this book and probably would seek out other books by this author for a comparison.

A Measure of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling

Summary: Eighteen-year-old Astrid Bjorklund has been studying medicine under Dr. Elizabeth Bjorklund’s direction and dreams of joining her practice in Blessing. But when a missionary arrives and tells of the need for medical ministry in Africa, he seems to look directly at her. Could God be calling her to go to Africa?

Joshua Landsverk left Blessing two years ago, but he’s never forgotten Astrid. Returning to town, he seeks to court her, and love begins to bloom. When the opportunity opens for Astrid to go to Chicago for fu rther training, she finds it difficult to leave home…and Joshua. They agree to correspond, but after receiving only one letter from him, she learns he’s left town–again. Believing Joshua no longer loves her, Astrid makes an impetuous heart-wrenching decision. Will she regret the choice she’s made?

Author Bio: Lauraine Snelling is an award-winning author of over 60 books, fiction and nonfiction for adults and young adults. Her books have sold over two million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers’ conferences across the country. She and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, a basset named Chewy, and a cockatiel watch bird named Bidley. They make their home in California.

My Review: I love to read historical novels. The settings of our country before what they look like now seem so serene. When I read this book I did not know that it was a continuing saga of this particular family. I was informed of this by a friend. I do believe you could read this book without having read the previous ones, but I also think you would get more details if you read the previous books. A Measure of Mercy is book one in t he Home to Blessing series.  It took me a few chapters to get engrossed in it, but once the storyline got going I did want to know more about the characters. I was disappointed by the end of the book, as I did not get the resolution I was seeking. It was left open for another book to follow, and that is what I was disappointed by.

I received a copy of these books from the publisher to read and review. My review is not biased by the fact that I was given these books. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.