Saturday, July 16, 2011
Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller is a Middlefield Family series novel.
Emma is a 25 year old Amish woman who has spent her life taking care of others. As the story opens, she is mourning the death of her mother, who she nursed through her battle with cancer. Now Emma and her grandmother are left to take care of the family home. Emma's sister Carla and her husband Peter and their children live close but are struggling and unable to help Emma. In fact, the entire family is in need of a steady income.
Emma's heart was broken when her next door neighbor, the man she loved, decided that the Amish life was not for him and moved away. But now Adam is back, but why did he come back?
Peter's cousin Mark is visiting and expresses interest in Emma. But what exactly is his interest?
While Emma struggles with her grief of losing her mother and her confusion about Adam and Mark, she also must struggle with her confusion about Carla's desire to turn their grandfather's old workshop into a fabric store so both families can earn a living.
A beautiful start to a series. Most issues are resolved at the end of the story but enough things are left open to spark an interest in the next book.
My copy of Treasuring Emma was graciously provided by Book Sneeze for my honest review.