Home to Paradise

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Home to Paradise

Home to Paradise (Abingdon, February 2017)

Highly anticipated final book in The Coming Home Series from best-selling Amish author Barbara Cameron.

Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John has other ideas. He’s enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world a little too much and isn’t interested in returning to the Amish community—especially to marry.

Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?

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Reviews

  • Home To Paradise by Barbara Cameron was a great Amish fiction novel. As most of you know by now, I am a huge fan of Amish fiction books. Every time I see one I have to get it and read it because I can’t get enough of them.

  • I love Amish books. They have a warming, peaceful sense about them. This book Home To Paradise is no different. It was what I expected and more.

  • I was excited to read all about the families involved in this book and it had me questioning whether I have read the other books in the series…I am still not sure that I haven’t read the early books. This book had Rose Ann Zook trying to find her happiness in her life. Her older two sisters are happily married to brothers while Rose Ann wants to be married with kids. The only person that she has ever loved is out enjoying his Rumschpringe running around time so she has decided to trap and trick him into marriage. It is comical that she thinks that she can do this and so crazy with the plans that she comes with to convince him that he is ready to return to the Amish faith.

  • What is Rose Anna Zook going to do? In this new book by author Barbara Cameron we will find out. “Home to Paradise ” is part of her series called “The Coming Home Series”. When you watch your older sisters marry brothers don’t you think you would also marry one of them? Rose Anna is ready to settle down but now John is off with the Englisch and maybe he won’t come home anytime soon. Maybe she should forget about him and just move on.

  • This is perfect for fans of traditional Amish fiction, where the biggest concern is getting to sit alone with your sweetheart. Though this title is book 3 in a series, it wasn’t difficult to catch up. The author’s foreword was quite detailed in explaining the backstory. I finished the book, despite being tempted to quit halfway. The rewarding part was the handful of recipes at the end! Don’t read this on an empty stomach!

  • This is the first book in this series I’ve read and I did good with reading it as a stand alone book. I thought the story was a nice story and liked getting to know Rose Anna and John and watching their relationship grow.

  • Home to Paradise is a charming story of love in the Amish Community of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. A cautionary advisory, Barbara Cameron’s characters often use words native to their culture, but foreign to those outside of it. The glossary on page 266, which sadly remained undiscovered until the story’s end, is quite helpful if used while reading.

  • This wasn’t my favorite Amish fiction. The characters seemed flat and two-dimensional to me. I didm’t feel as if they were developed well. Events seemed to happen in a choppy, too-predictable way. And the ending seemed a little too neat and tidy and not very realistic.

  • Moments says:

    This series has been enjoyable and great Amish fiction as Barbara has explored a practice that young people in the Amish community participate in before committing to the church and the Amish way of life for the rest of their lives.  This practice is like so many choices that we may have to make that leave us questioning whether they have helped or harmed in the end and question how something has altered the course lives have taken.  Has John’s experience in the English world helped him to realize what is important in life or has it opened his eyes to the fun that he has been missing out on for so many years and he could experience for years to come if he doesn’t return home? 

  • Best Reads says:

    An emotionally stirring and faith promoting Amish romance that makes for a grand finale to the Coming Home series.

  • Home to Paradise is the third book in this series. I absolutely love Amish books but this has been one of the first Amish book that I have read this year for 2017 and boy did I love it. I would definitely recommend reading the first two books in the series before you read the this one.

  • The author did a fantastic job in this the final conclusion to The Coming Home series.

  • I absolutely LOVE Barbara Cameron’s novels because she truly makes you care deeply about her characters and what motivated them to do what they do in moving the storyline forward. I absolutely love the chemistry between John’s employer and mentor Neil and how their relationship deepens in a surprising way. I give this novel a 5 out of 5 stars and even better is a handful of delicious Amish recipes and a discussion guide are included at the end of this novel.

  • I have read many Amish fiction titles over the years, so maybe my expectations for this novel were a little high, but I hate to say that I was a little disappointed with it. While the plot was interesting for the most part, I thought the characters were one-dimensional and they could have been written with more depth.

  • Barbara Cameron is a new author for me so I didn’t really know what to expect. Sadly I had in my mind another ho hum Amish romance. And I was wrong!

  • HOME TO PARADISE is the third book in Ms. Cameron’s The Coming Home series. It does stand alone (I haven’t read the first two books in the series yet, but I do have the second one on my kindle.) but fans might want to read Return to Paradise and Seasons in Paradise first to get the other sister’s stories.

  • I have read a few Amish romance novels and nothing in this book sets it apart from other books in the genre. Like many of the novels, it has a brief translation guide, recipes and gives a brief glimpse of the Amish life. Personally, I didn’t care much about the characters but I did enjoy the interactions with John and his employer. John short live bond with short lived and although, took a backseat to the main story, it served as a perfect vehicle to move the story between John and Rose Anna. The book is an easy read and is a good book for those who like the genre.

  • We come to the end of a great series that has enchanted us and given us a glimpse into the Zook and Stoltzfus families. I have loved getting to know them and am sad to see it end. The author has done a great job of describing Amish life and making readers feel like they are watching the story unfold before them. I love how the story flows and the delicious sounding recipes at the back of the book.

  • Within the novel the ladies are sewing quilts. This can be seen as a motif for our lives. Our lives are orchestrated by God, made up of scraps that when put together and viewed from a distance are beautiful. Our lives are planned. Our lives matter.

  • This book is the exciting and anticipated conclusion to the Coming Home Series, and it does not disappoint. This is Rose Anna and John’s story, her two sisters and his two brothers have already tied the knot together, and Rose Anna is hoping that John will make the decision to return to their community.

  • What is Rose Anna supposed to do… if John doesn’t return to their community? After Rose Anna’s two sisters and John’s two brothers have married, Rose Anna continues to hope that John will choose to return to their community. But it doesn’t look good. . .

  • I am normally really drawn in by Barbara Cameron’s Amish fiction but I found the beginning of this book to be a little rough for me. John running from Rose Anna and Rose Anna trying to manipulate him into wanting to be with her again could have been a good vein for the story but midway their actions changed and I couldn’t really put my finger on why the change. That frustrated me on this story. The rest was good though and the side stories and additional characters from previous books makes it a good read.

  • A Rup Life says:

    How is this my first Barbara Cameron book? This is the third installment of the Coming Home series and features the youngest siblings who are yet to come together and marry. Seeing her two sisters marry into the Stoltzfus family Rose Anna is not thrilled that her ex John has left the community. He has a lot to deal with and Rose Anna has to figure out her place with or without him.

    This books was a great read. I loved the depth of the characters and the glimpse into their lives. Even though it was the third book I was able to dive right in – although I do want to read the other two now.

  • I can firmly tell you that I must read the other books because I just loved this book. My heart was so touched by the story line and the angle that Barbara took. Will Rose Anna get her dream come true to marry and have children or will it always be a dream? This book was great!!!

  • Home to Paradise is the final book in author Barbara Cameron’s The Coming Home series. I did not read the other books in the series, but had no problem at all following the storyline and characters. It was a good standalone book. The author did a wonderful job making me feel like I truly knew the characters and the heartache Rose Anna and John were going through.

  • Kcreatives says:

    I’ve usually been a pretty happy Amish lit fan. Always intrigued by their way of life. And, this book was good. I read it even without having read the first two books in the series. And she gave enough information to not allow me to be lost!

  • Although it is fiction, Home to Paradise shows that the Amish faction has members who have conflict and struggles just like everyone else. It also shows that some good can come of a crisis, and it’s important to rely on others for healing. It is a very well-written story about putting faith in God, resolving conflict, and finding love.

  • I like how Rose Anna realizes she is being manipulative and decided to let John come back on his own, if he ever does, even if it is without her help. She does what she can to show him Christ’s love but is there for him if and when he needs it. I like how (John) finally finds a job he loves when he let’s God work in his life. Neil helps John repair a very difficult relationship, and in the end, helps John find where he truly belongs.

  • Home to Paradise is a novel that really showcases how we make an impact on those around us. This is a story about coming home and the choices that we need to make that are not always so simple.

  • This is a gentle story about a young woman and young man who really care for each other but whose lives aren’t meshing as they would wish. For personal familial reasons, John and his two brothers had left their Amish home and community and ventured into the outside community and away from the Amish. Eventually John’s two brothers returned to the Amish community and church and married young Amish women. John just couldn’t seem to do this and his former sweetheart, Rose Anna, really wished he would return back to the Amish fold and to her.

  • I need to go back and read the first two books in order to enjoy this one more fully! It is a delightful story of the last Zook sister waiting for her beloved to come back to their Amish world, so they can marry. But, John doesn’t feel like he has enough to offer. This is a lovely story.

  • This book was such a wonderful ending to a very cute and enjoyable series. Rose Zook is such an enjoyable character, she has a set idea for how her life is going to go and is in great distress when John doesn’t seem to be going with the program. I enjoyed watching John grow and develop as a character because at first I really didn’t like him that much but he got better. This book was a sweet easy little read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Even though this was the third book in this triology I enjoyed it. I didn’t feel like I needed to read the other two to find our what was going on. I liked the themes of the Amish younth running around years and the Amish volunteering in the community and ptsd. great story.

  • Barbara Cameron has an enjoyable writing style and the ability to craft an entertaining story. Home to Paradise is a sweet Amish story about family, predictable at times, but with a few surprises along the way. Several themes added a depth that I enjoyed – the local women’s shelter, quilting classes, domestic abuse, and PTSD. Then there’s the overarching theme of not only waiting on God’s timing, but trusting in God’s timing. I enjoyed Home to Paradise very much and definitely want to read the other books in the Coming Home series. Recommended.

  • I loved taking a peek into the Amish life, and this was a unique story because it followed three sisters who happen to fall in love with three brothers. Cameron’s writing is smooth and easy, and she effortlessly takes the reader into the charming life of the Amish. I also enjoyed the fact that she included authentic Amish recipes in the book

  • More Of Him says:

    I really love how the love of God shines through in this novel. There are so many wonderful aspects to this story and I had a hard time putting it down. It’s a wonderful read and will be sure to make an impact on you. The characters are like friends and I am so glad I got to know them through these wonderful novels. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

  • Home to Paradise by Barbara Cameron is book three in The Coming Home Series. Barbara Cameron has written a wonderful book. A book that will touch your heart.

  • I am almost certain that I have read almost every book by Barbara Cameron. I always look for her new books because they get better and better with each new one she writes. If I were asked what one thing always sets her books apart form many, I would say the cover of her books. Every cover for her books is simply beautiful and makes me want to read it immediately.

    Home to Paradise is the third book in her series, The Coming Home series. I related to Rose Anna Zook very quickly. She helps in a women’s shelter and has a heart from the women and children that she helps. She is passionate about them and cares deeply for them and for their futures. She also feels very deeply for someone else, except for that person isn’t sure he wants to remain in the Amish community. What she feels was once a certain thing now seems like a wish with not a lot of hope of coming true.

  • “Home to Paradise is the third book in the “Coming Home” series. I’ve read many Amish romance novels in the past and sadly this one just wasn’t my favorite.

  • The book was an enjoyable story with nice characters. I liked the dual perspectives, the chance to really get to know what Rose Anna and John were experiencing as well as their thoughts around it. The characters were real people and had real struggles – Rose Anna with her expectations of a future with John and a need to find a way to win him back to her and the community and John with his struggles with his father and trying to find his place in the world. This story of coming home allowed us to watch the characters make decisions that were not always easy or simple. There was a lot more interaction with Englischers in this story than in other similar books I have read. It was a good book, but seemed to be a slower moving book which is probably an okay thing in the fast moving world.

  • Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres to read, but as much as I love Barbara’s writing, this book just could not hold my attention. I did finish it because I am reviewing it. While the story is great and I love when an Amish character is given the choice to join the church or leave the community, I felt that the romantic spark was missing from this story line. It could have been because this was the 3rd book in the series, and I have yet to read the first two.

  • I loved this book and the characters in it. There are several sub-plots that add a lot to the story. I would definitely recommend this book.

  • I enjoyed this book very much. The author reviewed the background with us, which was beneficial if we had not read the previous books, or had not read them in a long time.

    This story shows us how powerful love can be.

    It also has an Amish to English glossary & Amish recipes.

  • This is an easy read, perfect for a rainy day. The characters are warm, easy to relate to, and easy to follow. The writing style is smooth with a well paced story line. I enjoyed that the book was written from the perspective of both lead characters as this allowed me to “get in their heads” a little more.

  • Three sisters. Three brothers. All three brothers enjoyed the English world too much, but two returned to the community and married the two oldest sisters. That left Rose Anna trying to figure out how to get John to return to the Amish community.

  • An easy, but riveting read Home to Paradise is the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day. From the very beginning of the story, I found myself half aggravated with/half in love with the characters.

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