Saturday, April 9, 2011

book review: "beside still waters" by tricia goyer

Marianna feels she’s a constant reminder to her parents of the children they lost. She was born on the night her two sisters died and is unable to think they’re comparing her to them. “How can one replace two?” often runs through her mind. Her father has been talking about moving the family to Montana in search of a fresh start but Marianna doesn’t want to leave what’s familiar to her. Or Aaron Zook. Aaron has made his intentions clear of marriage but what will happen if she moves away? He tells her he’ll wait six months and if she hasn’t returned by then, he’ll know she won’t be coming back. Marianna is torn. She decides to go with her family long enough for her newest sibling to be born and then leave once her mother is back on her feet. She never expected to like Montana. Or to meet someone like Ben. Ben’s not Amish but Marianna is drawn to him. He talks about God differently than her father or the bishop. And he actually prays aloud instead of the silent prayers she’s used to. Entertaining thoughts of more than friendship would go against everything she’s known. Yet Ben continues to come to her rescue when she needs him. More than anything else, Marianna wants to find peace.

I really enjoyed this book! I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’ve not read any other books by Goyer but I found myself pulled into the story. I read an unedited version so I found that to be a little distracting but it didn’t take away from the story too much. I really liked Ben. One of my favorite scenes would be of him and Marianna as he’s showing her how to play the guitar. She mentioned feeling something as she listened to him sing and I love that! Music has this ability to convey what we’re unable to speak and that’s what I imagine Ben’s music did. I didn’t like the ending because she left several things hanging but there will hopefully be a sequel to continue Marianna’s story : )

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group and all opinions are my own.

To celebrate the release of the first book in the Big Sky Amish series Tricia is giving away 10 copies of Beside Still Waters and a pair of super cute antique Amish salt & pepper shakers. Details at Tricia’s blog, It’s Real Life. BONUS! Each person who enters the giveaway will receive a FABULOUS Montana Amish Calendar. Hurry, it’s only available while supplies last!

You can watch a trailer for the book or buy it online. Click here for other blogs in the tour.

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