Title: The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars Series #1)

Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (Barbour Publishing)

Publication Date: 01 August 2018

Genre: Contemporary, Christian Fiction, Amish Fiction, Romance

Sarah Murray finds out that she has grandparents whom her deceased mother never spoke off. She contacts them with the hope of connecting with them and finding out more about her mother’s childhood and hopefully more about her real father.

Michelle Taylor had a tumultuous childhood that led to separation from her siblings when they were placed in foster care. Eager for a fresh start, she heads to Pennslyvania.  Upon arrival, an elderly couple mistakes her as their granddaughter, Sarah Murray. Michelle usurps her identity hoping that she can have the kind of family that she never had.   But what will happen when the real Sarah comes to visit?

The Hope Jar is easy to read that will be enjoyed by anyone interested in the Amish lifestyle. The dual storylines were enjoyed but the author focused on more on Michelle rather Sarah. This was a bit confusing since it is easily assumed that Sarah is the main protagonist. However, since this is the first book in The Prayer Jars series, we can look forward to both their character development. With themes of identity and second chances, characters will warm the readers’ hearts and egg them to re-evaluate their own relationships

Ms Brunstetter seems to a popular author whom I have never heard but it is obvious from this book that she has  the gift of storytelling. Personally, I was invested in the characters and the plot and I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Note: This book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley  but all opinions expressed are my own

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