Emma Blooms at Last - Naomi King

4 Stars

Romance is in the air during the fall wedding season in the Amish community of Cedar Creek. But while one loving couple prepares to tie the knot, Amanda and Wyman Brubaker’s large family faces a threat from outside their happy circle…and must learn to pull together.

Recently wed Amanda and Wyman Brubaker are thrilled that their children from previous marriages have blended together to form a strong family. But when the construction of Wyman’s new grain elevator is delayed, making the project more expensive than anticipated, Amanda’s determination to rally the kids into taking on work to improve the family’s finances comes into conflict with Wyman’s sense of responsibility as head of the household….

Meanwhile, as James Graber and Abby Lambright prepare for their long-awaited nuptials, folks gather from far and wide. Amanda’s nephew Jerome has long been smitten with James’s sister Emma and wants to seize this chance to woo her. But Emma’s been burned once and is twice shy of trusting the fun-loving, never-serious Jerome. As Emma and Jerome struggle to understand each other, and find the courage to make a leap of faith, the Brubakers face a bigger challenge than they first anticipated and begin to discover just what it means to fight…the Amish way.

I’ve called Missouri home for most of my life, and most folks don’t realize that several Old Older Amish and Mennonite communities make their home here, as well. The rolling pastureland, woods, and small towns along county highways make a wonderful setting for Plain populations—and for stories about them, too! While Jamesport, Missouri is the largest Old Order Amish settlement west of the Mississippi River, other communities have also found the affordable farm land ideal for raising crops, livestock, and running the small family-owned businesses that support their families.

I recently moved to Minnesota when my husband got a wonderful new job, so now he and I and our border collie, Ramona, are exploring our new state and making new friends.
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I love Naomi's writing style. I believe this is my third book from her. I would say she is a relaxed writer. Its the kind of book that you just grab and settle in your favorite chair for the evening.

This is the second in the "One Big Happy Family" series. The first book being - "Amanda Weds a Good Man" which I loved (see the review - HERE). What I loved about the second book is that is doesn't just focus on another member of the family like so many series do, it introduced a new member of the family but also continued the story of Amanda. The book was just as much about her and her husband as it was Emma.
The character development was great, as usual. I loved all the people, even the men!

The reason for the 4 stars - Even though I really liked this book a lot, I didn't LOVE it like the first one. It felt a tiny bit slow in spots. But still a great book!

Thank you Berkley Books (Penguin) for sending me this book for my honest review!

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1 comment:

  1. I am an amish reader, I don't think I have met any of the authors that did not do a good job, guess the story content is such that makes a good book. Jerry Eicher is one that I was not real pleased with but even he has some good books. I have not read much of this author but am willing to do so. just because it is amish story.
    thanks for your comments, Hey the new office looks big and nice, Hope you are real happy with the move.
    Paula O