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Hearts in Harmony (An Amish Journey Novel Book 1) (utgåvan 2019)

av Beth Wiseman (Författare)

Serier: An Amish Journey (1)

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Their love of forbidden music brings them together, but it could be what tears them apart. Musical prodigy Levi Shetler hasn't touched a piano since he secretly played one many years ago. His strict Amish community forbids instruments or the singing of any music not in their approved songbook. Levi asks God often why music tempts him when playing an instrument isn't allowed in his world.  One person knows Levi's talents: Mary Hershberger, the girl who promised years ago to keep his secret. Mary comes from a more liberal district than Levi, but she's facing family troubles of her own. The mutual care for an aging Englischer, Adeline, reunites Mary and Levi as young adults. They realize that, despite their differences, they have a shared love of music--and a shared confusion about whether their talents are God-given gifts or temptations luring them into the Englisch world.  The couple realizes they must compromise or part ways, but a tragic accident shakes their decision. Both Mary and Levi will need to reconcile what they love with what their hearts say is right.   "Beth Wiseman has penned a poignant story of friendship, faith, and love that is sure to touch readers' hearts." --Kathleen Fuller, author of The Middlefield Family novels "Beth Wiseman's Hearts in Harmony is a lyrical hymn. Mary and Levi are heartwarming, lovable characters who instantly feel like dear friends. Once readers open this book, they won't put it down until they've reached the last page." --Amy Clipston, bestselling author of A Seat by the Hearth  Full length contemporary Amish romance Includes discussion questions for book clubs Part of the Amish Journey series Book One: Hearts in Harmony Book Two: Listening to Love Book Three: A Beautiful Arrangement… (mer)
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Titel:Hearts in Harmony (An Amish Journey Novel Book 1)
Författare:Beth Wiseman (Författare)
Info:Zondervan (2019), 320 pages
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Beth Wiseman has long been one of my favorite Amish fiction authors, and after reading the first book in the Amish Journeys series, I know that I have discovered a wonderful collection of new-to-me stories. Hearts in Harmony was an endearing novel about caring for others, even if they’re outside our normal circle.

There were multiple characters in this first story which is standard fare with large Amish families. While not explained in too many details, there is a noticeable difference between Mary and Levi’s districts which affects how their families live and work. I felt bad for both of them when they didn’t want the other person to meet their families. Levi is ashamed of how primitive his family lives, while Mary is embarrassed about a situation that involves her sister.

In spite of their differences, they (along with another character named Natalie) are able to come together to care for an aging English woman, Adeline. I loved this part of the story so much because too often, the elderly don’t get as much of our time and attention as they should until it’s too late. We often take them for granted. In the case of Adeline’s character, she begins to have obvious issues with her speech, memory, and general health. It takes all three of them to make sure she gets the care she needs.

This tenderhearted story has the happy and the sad in equal measures, and I won’t lie by saying you might shed a tear or two before it’s all said and done. I love that there is some exploration into music and what is/isn’t acceptable in the Amish culture, but that isn’t the primary focus of the book. Amish fiction can easily become a stale backdrop for any story, but this author consistently writes fresh and unique stories for her readers. I’m excited to read the next book in the series to see what unfolds for Natalie.

Originally reviewed at blissbooksandjewels.com ( )
  blissbooksandjewels | Feb 20, 2021 |
This was such a refreshing book to read! I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I did not want to put it down! I loved all of the characters. Beth Wiseman did such a wonderful job portraying the characters that I felt as if they were part of my family. I would love to have been a part of the friendship between Levi, Mary, Natalie, and Adeline. She put a lot of research into the Amish communities and how they differ from district to district and how they differ from the English. I love how she uses Amish words throughout the book and she also gives us a translation guide in the beginning of the book. This story shows how God orders our steps and He has a plan for all of us. This book made me smile, but it also made me shed a tear at the end.
It was so nice to read a beautiful story with a great ending.
I highly recommend this book to those who want an uplifting story.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity. ( )
  vintage-series-Lisa | Apr 25, 2019 |
Title: Hearts in Harmony (An Amish Journey #1)
Author: Beth Wiseman
Pages: 320
Year: 2019
Publisher: Zondervan
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
The novel brings to the forefront how God can use even the worst moments of our lives to provide rays of hope, faith and love. Within the page’s, readers will discover how one older woman’s journey in her twilight years brings together three unlikely people. Together these young people discover a life well lived and loved, as well as how God may be bringing them the greatest of gifts.
The ending was somewhat hard to read having lost a loved one to cancer, so in that respect I didn’t enjoy it. It makes me wonder why other diagnoses aren’t used when desired in a story in climatic moments. This is not the first book I have read where this same disease is used to remove a character or brings climax to a plot.
Other than that, the story is a quick and enjoyable read. The tale ends with hope and new beginnings, plus the cover of the second book in the series was shown and is titled Listening to Love. I think readers will want to read the first book in order to really appreciate what is about to happen in the second installment. I love how the author showed God’s faithfulness and eventually filling up the holes broken dreams can leave behind.
The book will also be a good way to have people remember to love on the previous generation whether related by blood or not. This was the first full length novel of Beth Wiseman’s that I have read and plan on reading her future ones that have such faith filled themes.
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. ( )
  lamb521 | Apr 23, 2019 |
The newest book from the author is a like a sweet melody with words. Her characters blend well together and capture a story of friendship and love.

The Amish have very different beliefs than most and I found it amazing that they weren’t allowed to play an instrument. Levi has secretly played piano since he was a child. His hands sweep across the keys with compassion, but he starts to wonder if he is going against what the bishop has said. It would be so hard to have a gift but not be able to use it. I liked how Levi continually asked a God to show him if he was to play or walk away from it in order to be obedient.

Mary is a wonderful young woman who has known Levi since they were children. I liked how Levi and Mary reconnected after years apart. They have come back together to help out sweet Adeline. Oh how I loved this elderly woman. She was my favorite character because she had so much love to give. She has been lonely for awhile and when these young people show up to help her, it made my heart fill with joy.

Natalie is a little more complicated and I struggled at times trying to like her. She is sent by her mother to spend time with Adeline, who is related to them. It doesn’t hurt that she begins a friendship with Mary and Levi as they get together on Saturdays to do chores for Adeline. As she started to spend quality time with Adeline I could feel her heart soften .

The ending of the story is filled with emotion and shows how valuable it is to reach out to others in their time of need. Adeline not only brings three young people together but gains a family in the process. Her heart is happy as they bond and become like her children. I won’t spoil anything but I will say this is the best book I’ve read by the author. Her heart and soul went into this story and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion. ( )
  Harley0326 | Mar 30, 2019 |
Take a trip to Amish country with Beth Wisman’s new series, An Amish Journey! I’m telling you now that you will not be disappointed! Along with Wanda Brunstetter, Beverly Lewis and Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman is among my top five Amish fiction authors. She creates powerful stories filled with easy-to-love characters and intricately woven messages throughout. Hearts In Harmony is the fantastic start to this new series and every minute had me completely engulfed in the center of the simple life.

Wiseman’s characters are beautiful in this story. I loved Adeline, Mary, Levi and Natalie all so much! The way Wiseman wove their stories, and interlocked them was exquisite and captivating! Levi was my absolutely favorite among them. He has a passion that he has to hide because it’s forbidden but his heart wants to soar with harmony with it. I rooted for him for his passion and his growing affection for Mary through the story.

With a few twists and turns thrown into the story along the way, this plot line will leave you hungering for more amazing Wiseman talent. This is a story of finding God’s true will for oneself, and finding a little love and hope along the way. This story will fill your heart to overflowing with tender words and characters that become life long friends.

If you are a fan of Wanda Brunstetter, Beverly Lewis, and Amy Clipston, I highly recommend you seek this one out and then share it with all your book loving friends. Wiseman has another hit selling series on her hands, for sure. Four stars and two thumbs up, this one is a keeper in my book! Can’t wait for book two.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.* ( )
  cover2covercafe | Mar 13, 2019 |
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Their love of forbidden music brings them together, but it could be what tears them apart. Musical prodigy Levi Shetler hasn't touched a piano since he secretly played one many years ago. His strict Amish community forbids instruments or the singing of any music not in their approved songbook. Levi asks God often why music tempts him when playing an instrument isn't allowed in his world.  One person knows Levi's talents: Mary Hershberger, the girl who promised years ago to keep his secret. Mary comes from a more liberal district than Levi, but she's facing family troubles of her own. The mutual care for an aging Englischer, Adeline, reunites Mary and Levi as young adults. They realize that, despite their differences, they have a shared love of music--and a shared confusion about whether their talents are God-given gifts or temptations luring them into the Englisch world.  The couple realizes they must compromise or part ways, but a tragic accident shakes their decision. Both Mary and Levi will need to reconcile what they love with what their hearts say is right.   "Beth Wiseman has penned a poignant story of friendship, faith, and love that is sure to touch readers' hearts." --Kathleen Fuller, author of The Middlefield Family novels "Beth Wiseman's Hearts in Harmony is a lyrical hymn. Mary and Levi are heartwarming, lovable characters who instantly feel like dear friends. Once readers open this book, they won't put it down until they've reached the last page." --Amy Clipston, bestselling author of A Seat by the Hearth  Full length contemporary Amish romance Includes discussion questions for book clubs Part of the Amish Journey series Book One: Hearts in Harmony Book Two: Listening to Love Book Three: A Beautiful Arrangement

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