Change of Heart (giveaway)

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About the Book

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Lydia Esh’s younger sister Emma is running wild during Rumschpringe, causing the family major heartaches. Although it means risking her reputation, her job as a schoolteacher, and her courtship with Jakob Zook, Lydia attends parties to watch over Emma and protect her sister’s virtue.

When Emma begins a relationship with Kyle, an Englischer, Lydia teams up with Kyle’s older brother, Caleb, to keep the couple apart. As Lydia and Caleb spend time together keeping an eye on their siblings, Lydia falls for this forbidden love. Will she stay true to her faith even if it means giving up the man she loves?

My thoughts

When Lydia decides to try to protect her sister from heartache and wrecking her life.. She finds her faith being tested! First her sister, then her father wasn’t who she thought he was and then a new male friend causes her heart and mind to rethink her relationship with her intended.. This story had a lot of surprising twists that I was not expecting in an Amish story. I really enjoyed this young ladies story and wondered how this forbidden romance  would end.. I would recommend it to anyone  who enjoys a little more modern Amish story..

About the Author

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Rachel J. Good, inspirational author, writes life-changing, heartfelt novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. She is the author of Amish romances in the Sisters & Friends series. She grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her novels. A former teacher and librarian, she completed her MA from Vermont College while raising five children. She is presently an MFA student in Writing and Illustration at Hollins University. In addition to having more than 2200 articles and 30 books in print or forthcoming under several pseudonyms, she also juggles freelance editing and illustration careers. To buy the Amish Quilts Coloring Book: http://amzn.to/1T35q5p Visit Rachel at:

Website: www.racheljgood.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/racheljgoodnovels/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RachelJGood1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14661177.Rachel_J_Good

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/racheljgood1/

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Guest Post from Rachel J. Good

Hi, I’m Rachel J. Good, inspirational author of heartfelt tales of faith, hope, and forgiveness.

I’m excited to launch the first book in my Sisters & Friends Amish series, Change of Heart. Although I’ve been writing for many years and have about 30 books out now, this is my first inspirational novel. I’m busy editing book 2, Buried Secrets, and writing book 3, Gift from Above. And I’m planning the next three books in the series.

I’ve been asked how I came to write Amish novels. For that, I have to credit my agent Mary Sue Seymour, who suggested it to me. I loved the idea because I’d lived near Lancaster, PA, and had always been interested in the Amish. Although Mary Sue went to heaven a few months ago, just before the book launched, I feel her presence in my life as I write. She believed in me as a writer and encouraged me to work on this novel, which she quickly sold.

Lydia’s story in Change of Heart has several connections with my real life. The first is that I’m the oldest in my family and have two sisters, and so does Lydia. We both feel responsible our younger sisters. Lydia’s younger sister, Emma, gets in trouble during Rumschpringe. (And no, her wild sister doesn’t resemble either of my two younger sisters.)

The second connection with my life is the spiritual lesson Lydia learns in the book. I wanted Lydia’s journey to be not only a struggle between faith and love, but also a personal inner journey from self-righteousness to seeing with God’s loving eyes.

Oftentimes, goodness and spirituality can be a source of pride, and it can also be used to justify being judgmental. Lydia’s sister Emma points this out to her, but in my case, it was my young daughter who piped up, when I was complaining about someone at church, and said, “She sounds just like you, Mommy.” Ouch!

That day I came face to face with the truth that often what I criticize most in another person is often a flaw or a sin I’m overlooking in myself. As Matthew 7:3 (NIV) says: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” I wanted Lydia’s story to reflect that truth.

The Amish try to avoid the sin of hochmut (pride), but Lydia, without realizing it, is secretly proud of her own spirituality. It often saddens me that, as Christians, we spend more time criticizing others outside the faith or with different lifestyles or beliefs, but very little time examining our own unloving and judgmental behavior. I’d like to see us become more like Jesus, who ate with the “publicans and sinners,” and showed love to everyone, instead of condemning them.

Lydia is also forced to choose between staying in her faith or leaving it for love. I, too, faced a similar challenge many years ago, so I wrote those scenes from my heart. I hope Lydia’s story touches hearts, and that readers come away reassured that although we can’t always see the larger picture, God can, and He’s working out a wonderful plan for us. Our present circumstances might seem dark, but He knows the final results. We need to trust Him even during the challenging times, because “all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28).

Blog Stops

July 14: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

July 15: Bigreadersite

July 16: Blossoms and Blessings

July 17: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

July 18: Bukwurmzzz

July 19: Christian Bookaholic

July 20: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

July 21: Singing Librarian Books

July 22: Quiet Quilter

July 23: Texas Book-aholic

July 24: A Greater Yes

July 24: Carpe Diem

July 25: Red Headed Book Lady

July 25: Cassandra M’s Place

July 26: His Grace is Sufficient

July 27: cherylbbookblog

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To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away lots of fun prizes, including copies of her books and even a box of Whoopie Pies from Bird-in-Hand Bakery.

Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/9ed1

 

 

** I was gifted a copy for review and to participate in this book tour **

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37 Comments »

  1. Sarah Richmond Said:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

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  2. Diana Pugh Said:

    Have to get this book.

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  3. Marilyn R Said:

    A nice review for Change of Heart. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  4. Fay Grace Said:

    hope you gave a good Sunday also!!! Thank you for a chance to win!!!

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  5. Laurie Bergh Said:

    I love all things Amish!

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  6. Sandra H. Said:

    I just recently met Rachel Good during a Facebook party, and instantly liked her and what she wrote about her books. While I have not had the opportunity to read her books yet, I plan to start with her Amish series.

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  7. LYNN Said:

    I am so touched at the love and loyalty this lady gives too her sister.Caring for a bed bound individual is very difficult,but in doing so it shows the love of God!!I can’t wait foe boom two…..I am going to request my library also order it!!!

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  8. Pamela Pavkov Said:

    This was the first book I’ve read by Rachel Good and I enjoyed it alot. I posted to Goodreads and Amazon under reviews. I’m always alittle skeptical when it comes to new authors but Rachel proved me wrong with this book. Can’t wait for her next release!

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  9. Carol Daigle Said:

    I would love to be a winner. Great giveaway.

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  10. Maryann Said:

    Amish fiction is my favorite genre to read and this sounds like a wonderful book

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  11. Robin in NC Said:

    I can’t wait to read Change of Heart! Thanks for sharing review & being part of the blog tour!
    rw620 AT aol DOT com

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  12. Kelky De Lance Said:

    This is really good! Love the story

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  13. Ellen Wycuff Said:

    Can’t wait to read this book. Amish Fiction is what I normally read so I am sure I will enjoy it

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  14. Debora Wilder Said:

    This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  15. Debora Wilder Said:

    I tried commenting, but it didn’t show up. The story sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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    • DK Stevens Said:

      thanks for commenting Debora.. I have it set so I have to approve all comments.. A few spammers still like to visit 😦

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  16. Elaine Shorb Said:

    Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway, Rachel J. Good.

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  17. Sarah Richmond Said:

    I saw that you’re located in Reidsville, NC which which is around 30 to 35 minutes from where I live plus I go to church in Eden which is even closer. So how long have you lived in Reidsville? My family use to live in different parts of Pennsylvania, and I still have a few relatives plus my boyfriend is from Pennsylvania and he goes to my aunt’s church and a few my cousins knew him for a few years and we got induced online talked to eachother a lot either by text or by talking over the phone, he came to visit me for a day or so and met some of my family, he’s a Christian guy who loves the Lord, he’s a good mechanic but is struggling to get the hours and pay he needs, so he’s currently trying to find something that would help him get the hours he needs, I haven’t gotten to see him much because he lives in Pennsylvania and I live in North Carolina so it’s kinda tough on us both for not being able to see eachother like we wish we could. My family use to have a bakery and bake all kinds of bake goods like, pies, cakes, breads, dinner rolls, Apple, peach and blue berry turnovers, and we even made whoopie pies, oatmeal and chocolate. I always loved chocolate whoopie pies and haven’t had some in awhile, I’m sure their delicious.

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    • Sarah, It sounds as if we have a lot in common. So glad you’ve found a good Christian boyfriend. It can be hard when you live in different states. I bet your Whoopie pies were delicious!

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  18. I cant wait to read Change of Heart!!

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  19. Looks like a really great book Than ks for hosting on the blog tour

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