Written in Love by Kathleen Fuller (review)

writteninlove_fuller_thomasnelsonWritten in Love is a lovely story of two young Amish people finding each other because of misdirected mail. I adored how they grew to love each other, and how they finally meet.

from the publisher:

When a postal error creates pen pals of two young Amish people, can they put behind their past mistakes to see the bright future God has written for them?

Jalon Chupp has a past he isn’t proud to claim. He’s worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can’t help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person.

Phoebe, too, looks forward to every single one of Jalon’s letters. Living with her overbearing aunt, Phoebe doesn’t have too much to look forward to. But when Jalon suggests they meet, she panics—although she has shared some of the deepest longings of her heart with him, she hasn’t been entirely truthful about her past. But when Jalon shows up at her aunt’s doorstep, everything is revealed. And she can only pray he’ll forgive her for holding back the truth.

In order to reach beyond the errors of their pasts, both Phoebe and Jalon must put their faith in something—or Someone—bigger than either of them could pen.

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This is a sweet story of two people who have made big mistakes, but are turning their lives around. Phoebe is in a tough situation, complicated by the secrets she and Jalon are keeping from each other.  Following their story through misunderstandings, guilt, and insecurities into trust and faith was a delight. I also the secondary characters along with glimpses of characters from previous books.

While I find myself not fully engaging with the characters in this or the previous works I’ve read by this author, I think that may be in good part due to my being new to Amish fiction.

Recommended for those who enjoy Inspirational and/or Amish fiction, (partly) epistolary novels, and sweetly complicated love stories with heartwarmingly satisfying endings.   Full warning though, that you might join me in wanting a full story with Jalon’s impulsive and outspoken sister, Leanna, who works as a mechanic.

Written in Love, an Amish Letters novel by Kathleen Fuller | Thomas Nelson, March 2017 | paperback, 322 pages

This review refers to a finished copy received through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan’s Fiction Guild. All opinions expressed are my own.


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