Friday, April 15, 2011

A Time to Love by Barbara Cameron

Title: A Time to Love
Author: Barbara Cameron
Series: Quilts of Lancaster County #1
Rating: 5 Books

Review: A Time To Love, the first book in Barbara Cameron's Quilts of Lancaster County series, is a beautifully written, modern day inspirational romance that revolves around a war correspondent Englisher woman who falls in love with an Amish Man.

Jenny, a confident, strong-willed woman with a compasionate heart for children, has always had a special bond with her grandmother's Amish communtity ever since her summer visits as a teenager; eventhough her father, when he was a teenager himself, left the community, never to return. While filming a story over seas about innocent children living in war-stricken areas, a car bomb explodes - severely injuring her and sending her back to the states. Lucky to be alive, Jenny wakes up in a hospital bed and notices one of her grandmother's quilts wrapped around her. Reminding her of the two summers she spent at her grandmother's house, she decides to go back there to heal.

Once there, Jenny is re-acquainted with Matthew, her first love from those summers long ago, who is now a widower with three children. Matthew, consistently finding ways to spend time with her, is a big part of the healing process for Jenny – always reassuring her how beautiful and strong she is despite her emotional and physical scars. Once again, she falls madly in love with him and his three precious children. After agreeing to marry him, she recieves some news about her health which sends her back to the hospital in New York, where she has plenty of time to re-think her decision. Can she marry him and have him risk losing another wife and his children another mother? Or can this good-looking farmer, with the help of his precious children, supportive sister and Jenny's faithful grandmother, help her realize that God has different, better plans in store for her, if she'll just give them a chance?

I fell in love with this story from page one and plan to read it many, many more times. It is such a sweet, yet captivating story full of hope, healing, true love, second chances, faith and promise. After finishing it I was yearning for more and can't wait until the second book, A Time To Heal, comes out in March 2011.

Cameron's writing style is so eloquent that I felt as though it were alive and I was living it right along with the characters. The characters are believable and very easy to relate to. This is the first book I have read by Barbara Cameron and it definitely will not be the last. If I could, I would give it 10 stars instead of 5. This is a book that is sure to be talked about for a long time and I am honored to have had the opportunity to read this amazing story.

Warning: Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down until you finish!

Purchase: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

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