Sunday, November 04, 2012

The Memory Jar: Blog Tour

Celebrate with Tricia by entering her Amish Kindle Gift Pack Giveaway and RSVPing to her Facebook party on November 7th. (And be sure to catch the fun video trailer or try your hand at one of the simple, keepsake crafts Tricia has put together on her website.)

One fortunate winners will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • Custom-made Memory Jar Kindle Cover
  • Amish-made decorative items {Wall hanging, horse/buggy and Amish houses}
  • The Memory Jar {Be swept away by this captivating series.}
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 6th. Winner will be announced at the "Memory Jar Author Chat Party on 11/7. Connect with Tricia for an evening of book chat, Amish trivia, and a live video chat! There will also be a chance to win gift certificates, books, and other fun prizes!

So grab your copy of The Memory Jar and join Tricia on the evening of the November 7th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 7th!

About the Book:
Every year, 30--40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive 'resident' status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she's also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart. Now she's met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?

My Comments:
Fans of Amish fiction will enjoy Trisha Goyer's newest addition to the genre.  Sarah is a little older than the average Amish single woman--an accident deprived her not only of her best friend but also of the guy she assumed she'd marry.  She has poured her heart into baking since then and is a valuable employee at a local eatery.  When the year's batch of Amish bachelors arrive, one catches her eye, but things don't always go as expected.  

One thing I like better about Christian romance when compared to many of the general market versions is that the Christian romances concentrate more on the relationship, and less on the physical attraction.  Sarah learns about Jathan's good qualities over time, particularly when faced with a crisis situation.  

Goyer's characters have to deal with the non-Amish world and I like the way she deals with that tension--not all characters handle it in the same way, things aren't black and white.

In short, The Memory Jar is an enjoyable piece of Amish fiction and those who enjoy these types of stories will probably enjoy it.  Grade:  B.

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