2/27/14

Susanna's Dream - Marta Perry (Review & Giveaway!)

4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
As young girls, three Amish sisters were separated and told nothing about each other. When the long-held secret of their parentage came to light many years later, two of the grown women reconnected. Now they reach out to the third…

Susanna Bitler’s life is in complete turmoil. Still reeling from the death of her mother, she is further disheartened when her business partner hints that she is going to quit the gift shop they run together in a town near Pleasant Valley. But the biggest revelation is yet to come.

Grateful for their own hard-won relationship, Lydia Beachy and Chloe Wentworth are eager to reveal themselves to Susanna as her long-lost sisters. But their news utterly distresses Susanna, who is heartbroken to learn that the woman she’s been mourning was not actually her mother. Despite Lydia and Chloe’s best efforts to make amends, Susanna resolves to keep them at arm’s length. It may take a force of nature to sweep away her fears. Will that storm demolish all that the three women most value…or unite them in bonds of deep and abiding affection?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People who add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than fifty inspirational romance novels, including the Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley: Lydia’s Hope; and the Pleasant Valley series: Naomi's Christmas, Hannah's Joy, Katie's Way, Sarah's Gift, Anna's Return, Rachel's Garden, and Leah's Choice. She lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse. 
Visit her website - HERE

MY REVIEW -
I really liked this story a lot! This is the second book in the series. I felt like it was ok to start with the second book but really did feel like I should have read the first so I would know what was going on instead of playing catch-up - my bad. The author did a great job though, keeping those of us "second bookers" up to date.

There were great descriptions in this book! Our second home is in PA and I know of the Susquehanna floodings, it was devastating! I saw first hand. A couple years ago it was flooded so bad whole homes (whole towns!) were under water. People and business' lost everything. My husband, daughter and I drove around and I just had tears in my eyes, and I didn't even know those people. It was so sad.
I don't believe I had ever read a book about a flood especially one that was real.

The character development was good, but... I do think there were almost a few too many to keep track of. Again I kinda wanted a list. Again, probably reading the first book would have helped. But I did get to know the main ones. And I honestly liked them all!

If you love Amish fiction with a touch of modern history you will really love this one!
This was my first by Marta Perry, but I am SURE it won't be my last!

Thank so much Berkley for sending me this great book to read and review!

Get your copy from -
Amazon - HERE
B&N - HERE

GIVEAWAY -
I am giving away a copy of this book!
* To enter to win - fill out the form below.
* Please only enter once -  (I go through and delete double entries).
* Leave a comment for an extra entry.
* Winner will be chosen on 3/15/2014.
* Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond. 

16 comments:

  1. I love reading Amish fiction! This sounds like a great book.

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  2. Oooo yah it's hard when you need a list. Sometimes I make my own.

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  3. Susanna's Dream sounds like a fantastic book. Good authors write good books! Thank you for the giveaway.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  4. This sounds really good. I look forward to reading it.

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  5. This sounds wonderful! I would love to win a copy! Thanks for giving us the opportunity!
    kcrouse1950 at verizon dot net

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  6. I enjoy Amish fiction. Must add this to my tbr.
    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  7. It sounds like a great story, and I'd love to find out if the three sisiters can work things out. I love the pretty cover. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    ayancey1974(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I tried to post earlier and something messed up with google so here I am again, love to read this authors books and would love to be in your drawing. Marta writes good amish stories. thanks for sharing.
    enjoyed your comments today.

    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  9. I would think that it would be a tremendous shock to be mourning the death of your mother and then learn that she is not your birth mother! I do love Amish fiction and history makes it all the better.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. Susanna's Dream sounds like a great Amish story. I love that a touch of modern history is included! Thank you for sharing your great review and giveaway.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  11. I love this kind of book -- I've always found the Amish life fascinating.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  12. She's from my home state...and her books sound marvelous!

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

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  13. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  14. This sounds like a really good book! Fingers crossed!! :)
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. I love reading Amish fiction. Marta is a new author to me and I would love to read this book.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Maryann

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  16. I love Marta's books - so inspired. jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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