Thursday, August 16, 2018

"Through the Autumn Air"

Book Description from the publisher:

The third book in the beloved Every Amish Season series by bestselling author, Kelly Irvin.
"Kelly Irvin’s Through the Autumn Air is a poignant journey of friendship and second chances that will illustrate for readers that God blesses us with a true love for all seasons." —Amy Clipston, bestselling author of Room on the Porch Swing
The past filled her mind even as her heart yearned for stories yet to be told . . .
The mother of ten and a widow of seven years, Mary Katherine is a bundle of energy, always willing to step in and help her friends around her Amish community. Now that her last child is married, she pours her abundant creative spirit into writing stories, even as she speaks aloud to her late husband every day. Her dream is to open a bookstore with an English friend, but the church elders want this wayward widow to work in an Amish-owned store instead. When her old school friend, Ezekiel, offers her a position as a cook in the restaurant he opened after his wife died, she knows she should accept. But does she really want to spend her time working over a hot stove?
When a mysterious English stranger breaks into her house to make himself a sandwich one autumn night, Mary Katherine doesn’t call the sheriff. She turns to Ezekiel. They both see that Burke is need of more than a meal, and Ezekiel offers him the job at the restaurant.
As they set out to care for their new friend, Mary Katherine and Ezekiel find themselves often working together. Mary Katherine is drawn to Ezekiel, but she remembers the terrible risk of giving her heart to someone. Can two people in the autumns of their lives and so well-versed in the pain of loss put the past behind them and trust in the hope that comes with each new season?
“A moving and compelling tale . . . that reminds us how we become strongest in our most broken moments.” —Library Journal review of Upon a Spring Breeze
My Review:
Kelly Irvin has written another beautiful book, one that is full of adventure, hope and love.  "Through the Autumn Air" shares Mary Katherine's story, just like the seasons change, her life is changing and she is not sure how she feels about it.  Mary Katherine's youngest child, number 10, has just gotten married and her oldest son is trying to convince her to move out of her house into the smaller home at his place.  Mary Katherine knows this makes sense; however she cannot bear the thought of moving out of her home, the home she shared with her deceased husband.  Mary Katherine's English friend also wants the two of them to go into business and Mary Katherine is not sure she can commit to that at this time or ever, and Ezekiel wants her to work for him.  So many options, so many decisions to make, so many changes, but is she ready to move forward and make these changes, putting the past behind her?  
Kelly has done an incredible job with writing this book as the characters are relatable and so lifelike they become real throughout the book.  The love the style of writing as well as the storyline flows nicely, and there is humor sprinkled throughout.  I highly recommend this book for those whom enjoy Amish fiction as it is a wonderful story!
*Thanks to the BookLook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

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