1.01.2013

Book Review ~ The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer @triciagoyer




Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors, Book 1
Fiction/Christian/Amish

Back of the book:

For five years, love has passed her up. For one moment, can she put down her guard?

Every year, a number of young Amish men descend on the cozy mountain 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 some go home with brides.

Sarah Shelter has live 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 saves 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. Until she meets Jathan Schrock.

Can this kind and gentle man break down her walls, and can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?



About the author:
Twitter: @triciagoyer






Author Tricia Goyer has written 17 novels and 8 nonfiction books, and has published more than 400 articles for national publications such as Today’s Christian Woman, Focus on the Family and HomeLife. She also is the coauthor of Mealtime Moments (Focus on the Family). She is a former teen mom and the founder and former director of Hope Pregnancy Center in Kalispell, Montana. Tricia and her husband, John live in Little Rock, Arkansas where John works for FamilyLife. They have four children, including a newly adopted daughter.



My thoughts:

I was enamored with this book from the start. Can you just imagine the commotion that these bachelors raise every spring when they arrive in this tiny community? I can just picture all those sweet young girls whispering and giggling together as they check out this year’s new crop of eligible men. It just makes me smile thinking about it.

Since this is a Tricia Goyer book there are a couple of different things going on that she has masterfully woven together to create a satisfying story. Both of our main characters have back stories that affect the budding relationship between the two of them. Sarah can’t seem to move past the loss of her best friend and Jathan has family obligations that he just can’t find peace about. 
One of my favorite aspects of this story is when the two of them have conflict they actually talk about what is bothering them. Many authors use misunderstandings to push the story along. I prefer Tricia’s approach to deepening the storyline and the characters themselves. By the end of the novel both Jathan and Sarah have matured in their walk of faith and in their relationships with others.

Let me give you a little warning . . . this book is going to make you hungry! Hungry for the delicious sounding cupcakes that Sarah is famous for and hungry for the next book in the series. The Promise Box is the title of book two and is scheduled to come out in May 2013. I will definitely be looking forward to it.

Ideas:

After reading The Memory Jar you may want to consider making your own memory jar. It could be as simple as obtaining a large jar like one pickles come in. (Just a tip . . . after washing it out, let a little baking soda sit in it to absorb the odors. Otherwise your memories may have a vinegar smell forever attached to them.) Use Mod Podge to apply some of your favorite photos to the outside of the jar. You can also pick up some glass paint at the craft store and try your hand at that. Spray paint the lid in your favorite color and add a drawer knob for decoration. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination. Check out Pinterest for some added inspiration!

So you’re not the crafty type. Well, have I got the perfect iPad/Pod/Touch app for you. Just follow this link and download the appto your device and enjoy!



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