Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Book Review - Arms of Love


By Kelly Long


Although the Patriots and British are still at odds, Lena Yoder believes that she will marry soon, perhaps even before the year 1777 comes to a close. Lena's father Samuel is imprisoned, but she is hopeful he'll be released soon and things on their Amish farm near Lancaster, PA can return to normal.

The recipient of Lena's affections, Adam Wyse, has entertained thoughts of joining the war efforts despite his Amish upbringing. He is willing to settle down, though, and marry Lena, whom he has loved for as long as he can remember. Everything changes, however, when Adam makes an unusual promise to Lena's mother.

Lena struggles to regain her equilibrium as Adam withdraws from their relationship. Isaac, Adam's brother, desires to become an Amish bishop someday, and expresses interest in Lena. Hurt and confused, Lena reluctantly accepts Isaac's marriage proposal to please her father.

Meanwhile, Adam again considers enlisting while wrestling with dark memories from his past. He befriends a prisoner of war, a British soldier who is detained in Lancaster. The unlikely pair forge an interesting bond that brings comfort and light in unexpected ways.

This book illuminates an aspect of the Revolutionary War period that isn't often discussed. The Amish, as a peace seeking community, sought to stay out of the fray, desiring instead to foster harmony between men. The Patriots viewed them as cowards, unwilling to fight for freedom. Both sides were in need of able bodied men, and the competition for soldiers, Amish or not, was fierce. Even John, Lena's preteen brother, entertained thoughts of joining up. This book shares a glimpse of how hearts and convictions were sorely tested during this epic time in American history.

Kelly Long brings an interesting tale of heartbreak and loyalty to life. Her characters' situations show us that, whether from the past or present, we must seek honor and truth. This book provided a wonderful introduction to Kelly Long's skill and storytelling ability. I look forward to reading more of her books. 

Note: I received this book free of charge from Thomas Nelson for review purposes only.


Do you enjoy historical fiction? What have you been reading lately?


Happy writing,
Karen 

11 comments :

  1. I don't read a lot of historical fiction but I have to say this novel sounds really good. :-)

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  2. Your review made this book sound interesting and intriguing. Thanks for posting about this book.

    Riya

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  3. Hi Karen,

    Thanks for a thorough review. This is definitely a book I want to read.

    Yes, I enjoy historical fiction although I've not read much in this time period.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  4. I read some historical, but mostly romance. :) this book sounds good though.

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  5. I have to agree with the others, this book sounds intriguing. Thanks, Karen and Kelly.

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  6. Diane,
    It really was interesting on many levels. You just might like it! :)

    Riya,
    There is a bit of intrigue within the pages. It was a bit different than I expected, but in a good way!

    Susan,
    You are welcome! Yes, I think you need to read this book. :)

    Jessica,
    Well, there is an element of romance in it. I didn't highlight that much in the review, but it's there! Thanks for following!

    Joylene,
    There were a few segments that might get your attention, as an author of the thriller type books. :)

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  7. Karen:
    I haven't read much historical fiction lately. But, I plan on changing that.
    We don't think of the Amish or the Quakers taking part in the Revolutionary War. A family friend did her genealogy and discovered one of her ancestors, a Quaker, had supplied grain to one of the units or just to one of the soldiers.

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  8. I like historicals, especially when there's romance. ;-) I knew the Quakers avoided war but didn't realize the Amish were here during the Revolutionary war.

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  9. Cecelia,
    You might like this one; I found it very interesting. Your friend's family sounds like it has some interesting history too!

    Jessica,
    Me too. :) There is a romantic element here. I know, you don't think about the Amish then, do you?

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  10. This looks really good! I also don't think of the Amish as being around during the Revolutionary War!

    Thanks for a wonderful review!

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  11. Cheryl,
    Yes, I know, you really don't! Glad you enjoyed the review. You might like this one!
    Blessings,
    Karen

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