By Kathleen Fuller
Published by Thomas Nelson
Treasuring Emma is the latest installment in the Middlefield Family Novels by author Kathleen Fuller, set in the Amish community of Middleford. This close-knit community has recently suffered a series of losses and changes. Specifically, Emma Shetler is facing some life-changing decisions. Having been rejected by Adam Otto, the only man she has ever loved, Emma has now buried her mother after a battle with cancer. With no income, no marital prospects, medical bills coming in, and her grandmother to care for, young Emma is unsure what her future holds. To add to Emma’s troubles, her sister Clara, herself disillusioned with her own marriage and family, begins to push Emma to consider building a family business that will require Emma to make changes she is not ready to make. When Adam returns to Middlefield for a visit, Emma is more confused than ever. Now Emma, Clara, and Adam, must each find their own peace with God in order to discover and follow His will for their lives.
Treasuring Emma is not only the first book I have read by author Kathleen Fuller, but also the first Amish setting novel I have read. I have to say I enjoyed the book. It is a quick-reading but intriguing love story that kept my interest all the way to the end.
Since the book begins with a “glossary” of Amish terms, I should have expected their frequent usage, which is exactly the case. Though these terms helped to saturate the reader in the Amish life, I also found their usage a bit distracting to the storyline itself. All-in-all, it is a delightful read.
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