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The Wounded Heart by Adina Senft

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
When a business offer turns into something more personal, Amelia is torn between what logic tells her is right, and the desire of her heart. A widow with two small children, Amelia Beiler is struggling to make ends meet. She is running her late husband's business, but it's not what she was raised to do, which is run a home. When she gets an offer for the business from Eli Fischer, she's only too relieved to consider it-especially when it looks like Eli's interest might include more than just the shop. But when she begins to experience strange physical symptoms and is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it's difficult not to question God's will. If she pursues the treatment she believes in, she risks going under the bann. But how can she allow Eli to court her when she can't promise him a future?
Includes instructions to make the quilt block featured in the novel.

Goodreads Summary

This novel starts out with the main character losing her husband of ten years, Enoch.  They had two young boys.  Now, Amelia has to attempt to run a business herself while she is only equipped/prepared to run a home.  She is still in mourning, wearing the traditional Kapp, when she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  She doesn't know what to do, she even questions her faith-a rarity for her.  If she goes through with the necessary treatment, she will be going against the rules set by her community; if she doesn't, her livelihood is threatened. 

Eli comes into the story in the knick of time, he may even turn into a potential love interest.  Amelia has to make several hard decisions in the story, some that may threaten her place in her community. 

This book was fast-paced, intriguing, and offers the reader a view into a different way of life.  The main characters were likable and the plot was fun to read about, really draws the reader in.  This book is recommended to adults readers.

4 Stars