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Welcome to the series launch of Tricia Goyer’s brand new Amish series, Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors! The first book, The Memory Jar, takes Goyer’s readers back to Big Sky country. To celebrate, Tricia is hosting a fun Amish Kindle Gift Pack Giveaway (including a custom-made Memory Jar Kindle cover and authentic, Montana, Amish-made items!) and a Facebook party on November 7th. Be sure to click the link below to watch the video trailer or try your hand at one of the simple, keepsake crafts Tricia has put together on her website.
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 6th. Winner will be announced at the “Memory Jar Author Chat Party on 11/7. Connect with Tricia for an evening of book chat, Amish trivia, and a live video chat! There will also be a chance to win gift certificates, books, and other fun prizes!
So grab your copy of The Memory Jar and join Tricia on the evening of the November 7th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)
Book One in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series
Every year, 30–40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive ‘resident’ status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love.
Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she’s also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart. Now she’s met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.
In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.
“Tricia Goyer is one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction. Most fans of Amish fiction will love this story.“
Sally Riley, thefriendlynookbook.com
“This book is so GOOD, I would suggest that everyone read this one. I loved it. I plan on reading a lot more of Tricia Goyer’s books. Thanks, Tricia, for giving us such great books. You really need to pick up this book; it is wonderful.“
“To me, a good Amish romance transcends the ‘Christian Romance’ label to be an uplifting, intense, beautiful story, full of hope, love, family and romance that will appeal to anyone, no matter what their faith. In The Memory Jar, we have some wonderful twists, some heart wrenching moments, and the ever-present hope that love will succeed.“
Alison Sammes, fangtastic.com.au
“Once again, Tricia Goyer has written a captivating story with a cast of characters that intrigue, entertain and enlighten the reader about life in an Amish community. For anyone who loves Amish fiction, they are sure to love The Memory Jar.“
Janet Hovis, a-long-the-way.blogspot.ca
“The story touches the soul. It makes you think about life in general and you can’t help but appreciate the things in life that make you who you are. It answers questions that many people ask themselves in life but also focuses on the responsiblites that life sometimes has a tendency to dish out on us.“
Sabrina Williams, bythecoverbookclub.blogspot.com
“This was a very special book. I thought the idea of building a book around a memory jar was sweet, thoughtful, and memorable. Tricia Goyer did an amazing job of creating a story with loss, love, faith, and healing. Her characters were deep, heart-felt, and very lovable.“
Jenilee Goodwin, reviewsbyjenilee.com
“The Memory Jar is such an endearing, heartfelt story. How one chooses to deal with grief can either make or break them. Sarah holds the memories of Patty so closely guarded that she can’t see the joy that it will bring her to talk freely about their friendship. To keep one’s grief suppressed can be stifling, and Tricia writes the emotional turmoil that Sarah is experiencing beautifully. Yes . . . I cried!“
Michelle Durben, destinationamish.com
“Goyer has hit another home run. For those of you who have a demand for Amish fiction titles, Goyer is an author not to be missed. The Memory Jar is the beginning of a great new series, and the perfect time to introduce her to new readers.“
Becky Roupp, brodartvibe.wordpress.com
“The Memory Jar is a captivating story that kept me wondering how it might end. I enjoyed both the community in Montana and the one in Ohio. The characters were lovable, and I particularly enjoyed Patty and her ‘old soul.’ Whether you are a fan of Amish fiction or not, I think you would enjoy this book.”
Jodi Abbott, faithfulbooks.blogspot.ca
I really liked this story! Many Amish books are about issues that are specific to Amish life. The Memory Jar, however, is a book that anyone can relate to. Sarah and her chosen bachelor want to be true to their dreams, but they fear disappointing their community. Sarah also carries some painful baggage from her past, and coming to terms with that is difficult. Being true to the calling God has given us and forgiving ourselves for our own mistakes are both issues that every one of us faces.
While it sounds as if this is a weighty, heavy book, Sarah’s adventurous spirit and love of beauty relaxes the tension in this story. My final takeaway feeling was one of bright color and happiness. I love her positive outlook and cheery plans for the future.
An amazing, heart-warming, soul touching story of friendship, loss, blame, love, family, misunderstanding, finding our true path in life of following God’s plan for it, and living it.
Written by Laurie Here – Contemporary Fiction and MORE – Book Reviews on October 17 | e
Read my full review: http://lauriehere.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-memory-jar-seven-brides-for-seven.html
I liked that there was a glossary of Amish words in the front of the book. I have read many Amish books so I knew what the words meant but I had to figure them out for myself, this will be a help to someone who is not very familiar to the vocabulary.
Written by A Room Without Books is Empty on October 17 | e
Read my full review: http://detweilermom.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-memory-jar-by-tricia-goyer.html
I love the parallel story lines that take place throughout this book. While Sarah feels she has lost her friendship with Patty forever, she soon discovers that Patty has been with her all along in the things she decides to do once she works past her grief. I love the memory jar concept and have one myself to look back on things that mean a lot to me that happen over the year. This is a beautifully written Amish novel that will inspire and encourage those that have gone through a sense of loss as well as searching for what our life’s purpose is. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and this is one you will definitely want to pick up a copy. This is the first book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series! I can’t wait for the next one in this wonderful series!
I enjoyed this book greatly, it was different from most Amish books, where the Ordnung is the main topic of the book. This book was about two people finding happiness and themselves. It was a good book, with a good story!
Written by Cindy Loven on October 17 | e
Read my full review: http://cindylovenreviews.blogspot.com/2012/10/review-memory-jar.html
From the moment I start this book I fell in love with the characters. It was refreshing to read a book where the characters are just good people and trying to do the right things.
There was something about the setting in this tale that was so charming, I and loved the originality of it. The characters were very likable and easy to connect to from the very start. Even though Ms. Goyer has other Amish books I have never read any, but I did really like her book about the Titanic, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, and I immensely enjoyed this story.
This is definitely a book that I would happily recommend, even to readers that might no think that Amish is their thing. It was a highly enjoyable read, with great faith elements, and messages of inspiration.
Written by Labor Not in Vain on October 18 | e
Read my full review: http://labornotinvain.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-memory-jar-by-tricia-goyer-litfuse.html
I thought this was a unique novel in the Amish genre and I really enjoyed reading something different.
Written by Cristi’s Reviews on October 19 | e
Read my full review: http://myproductreviews-cristi.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-memory-jar-by-tricia-goyer-book.html
Tricia, you’ve done it again. Another amazing Amish read, full of delightful characters and scenery that make you want to jump into the book.
Can’t wait for book #2 to be published!
Written by Knits Reads and Reviews on October 19 | e
Read my full review: http://knitsandreads.blogspot.com/2012/10/book-review-memory-jar_19.html
I love the way she creates characters that the reader cares so much about — there are times I find myself wanting to pray for them! Reading a Tricia Goyer book is like stepping into another place and time and sitting right in the room where the action is taking place.
Written by New Every Morning on October 19 | e
Read my full review: http://hismorningglory.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-memory-jar.html
Fans of her previous Amish novels will be delighted to know that Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors starts off wonderfully and will surely continue to improve as the series progresses.
It’s a sweet and endearing romance. About getting over a terrible loss while fulfilling dreams that would give them a better purpose then what is planned for them. An easy read that kept me guessing a lot of the way through, but with memories throughout that had me crying by the end of this novel. I loved reading about the bond between Patty & Sarah it was so sweet and touching while at times it felt as though some of the things that Patty says were as if she was looking into the future. Very special and I recommend having tissues by you when you read the last few chapters. ….
Written by From Me to You … Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on October 20 | e
Read my full review: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2012/10/blog-tour-feasted-on-memory-jar-by.html
I loved how the story played out; it started off slow but this allowed for the greater appreciation of these characters and their dynamics to grow and feed off each other. There were some ups and downs to the story, and I loved the realistic way Tricia Goyer seemed to handle the story arc. Not everything can have a happy ending, but we can work towards something even better. I love the idea of memory jars, and I am not going to be afraid of Amish fiction anymore either. Very enjoyable story of Sarah’s journey toward fulfillment.
This was a good Amish Read. Is that the right word? Well the book is about Amish life and a young lady trying to overcome the grief of her past. It was sweet and it was heart breaking because she lost a friend so dear.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a pretty typical Amish romance novel, but I love those books. That being said, this book was fairly predictable, but it is the journey that is so much fun to read. I am looking forward to the other books in this series. It is great to read a series like I expect this one to be where you can “check in” on your favorite characters in an area. I hope that Tricia’s series will be like that. Great book. Easy read. Very enjoyable.
With each page read, I have fallen in love with this new series and cannot wait for the next book. The concept of a memory jar was fantastic and is something I would love to start with my girls (they are four and six years of age). It was heartbreaking, yet joyfull, to watch the journey that Sarah takes as she mourns the death of her best friend, Patty and ultimately gives her heart to the man God wants for her. It is very obvious Goyer has done a ton of research to write this book. From the very first pages you are drawn into West Kootanei, and into the lives of all the characters. It is by far my favorite from Tricia Goyer to date.
Written by Shirley Rempel on October 22 | e
Read my full review: http://therempels4.blogspot.ca/2012/10/the-memory-jar-book-review-and-blog-tour.html
Oh my goodness~ Tricia does it once again. The minute I picked up this book I could not put it down. The book just grabs your attention from the very first line. The characters come alive on the pages. I could not help but fall in love with Sarah~ wishing I could help convince her that it was not her fault.
I can’t wait for book #2!
Written by Farming On Faith on October 23 | e
Read my full review: http://farmingonfaith.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-memory-jar.html
A good story, a tear-jerking history, and even a Kleenex-worthy ending.
Written by Laura Hilton on October 23 | e
Read my full review: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-memory-jar.html
I loved this book. The Memory Jar is something I would have done (I have several “scrapbooks” from childhood, that are more like a memory jar than a real scrapbook). It’s a beautiful way to keep the memories of each day and the gifts God gives us. Sarah has to overcome the chains that her memories have become… holding her in the past and keeping her from her dream
I really enjoyed this book not only for the amazing story but for the characters and the descriptions of the different parts of the country. I could feel their struggles and it made it so much easier to cheer and cry with them. I love books that make me feel a connection to the characters and this book achieved that. I can’t wait to read more from Tricia Goyer.
Sarah is a beautiful character she has so much love for God and her fellow man whether they be Amish or English. When she leaves her mountain she feels the pressure of change and some people attempt to stifle her brilliant light of love, along with her dreams.
The character Jathan is the youngest in his large family and he feels burdened by the goals and demands of his family especially his father. He has never been able to share his dream for the future with them. But with Sarah it was different she encourages him to follow his dream if it is God’s will. He ends up letting other people cloud his judgement which in turn caused a lot of people pain.
Written by Patricia Kemp Blackmon @ It’s Time To Read Mamaw on October 24 | e
Read my full review: http://itstimetoreadmamaw.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-memory-jar-by-tricia-goyer-amish.html
I really loved this book and I loved how it was written. I can’t wait for book two.
Written by nannaof3 on October 24 | e
Read my full review: http://nannaof3.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-memory-jar.html
This heartfelt novel will show you how life choices and the process of how making and dealing with those decisions, most likely will have a lasting impact that is not always a clear cut choice.
I really enjoyed this book! I loved the interaction between the main characters. I loved that it involved baking too it reminds me of an Amish bakery near my house. Sarah is different then most Amish woman and I found her to be a nice person. We all need to be the person God has created us to be and not put away what talent he gives us. I love the gentle way that Jathan knew her and seen deep within and how important his family was to him
Written by Where the Green Grass Grows on October 25 | e
Read my full review: http://wherethegreengrassgrows84.blogspot.com/2012/10/book-reviewthe-memory-jar-by-tricia.html
I read this book in one sitting – it captivated me and wouldn’t let me go. I loved it!
Written by Minding Spot on October 26 | e
Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RX4XTLBFQ8CD3/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
To me this is a story about coping with loss, finding God’s unconditional love and how He alone can heal one’s broken and shattered heart, and brings that one person to help you move on with life, which Sarah and Jathan eventually do; although they have to go through some hard and difficult trials and pain to reach their dreams and to finally find each other.
I absolutely loved this book
I appreciated the points made by the author in favor of being who God created you to be and following the path He has set for you instead of always trying to please others. As always, Tricia Goyer has produced another inspiring and enjoyable book.
Written by Daysong Reflections on October 27 | e
Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R12888GQ4MKELW/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
Tricia has done a wonderful job of depicting the Amish way of life in the first book of her new series Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors; which captivated me from the first page to the last. A very enjoyable story. I now look forward to the next book, The Promise Box.
There were a lot of things I liked about this book, especially the characters. Sarah Shelter is a strong Christian woman, but bit rebellious in the traditional Amish ways. I enjoyed watching her grow and seeing her relationship blossom as well. I also liked the consistency in the West Kootenai characters that the author carried over from her other books.
Written by The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia on October 27 | e
Read my full review: http://juanshappywife.blogspot.com/2012/10/book-review-and-giveaway-info-memory-jar.html
This review should not surprise anyone who knows how much I rave about Amish fiction, and this book is no exception to the rule. When I say that this book is a fantastic, clean, Christian romance, you can know that I am sincere. No profanity, no sex, and really no preachiness either. All you will find is everything that makes the Amish people wonderful and hard-working and a sweet romance to boot.
Written by My Devotional Thoughts on October 27 | e
Read my full review: http://www.mydevotionalthoughts.com/2012/10/win-amish-kindle-gift-pack-from.html
The Memory Jar is an enjoyable read. It’s greatest strength is its character growth and development. The characters are real, and the events and relationships in the story work to change the character in a positive way. I loved reading about how the Lord molds us, placing us in the right places and with the right people to do so. I would definitely recommend this book!
Written by Inspired By Fiction on October 28 | e
Read my full review: http://inspiredbyfiction.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-memory-jar.html
I really enjoy Tricia’s books and the way she brings a fresh voice to her characters and stories. The Memory Jar is Amish with a twist, because it begins in Montana. It is a journey to wholeness and a journey to dreams. There’s plenty of love and romance to keep the pages turning. A very satisfying story for those who love gentler stories.
They each had a memory jar…little tokens of a special memory. How awesome…we all carry these precious thoughts, but to touch something that brings us back to those moments. Wonderful!
Written by Maureen Timerman on October 29 | e
Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RMK2MD0N42I0Y/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
This was a sweet and inspiring story of Amish perseverance and loyalty to beliefs. I love the idea of creating a memory jar and through the flashbacks in this story I could see how the memory jar had a special place for Sarah and how she was able to move on from past memories to make new memories. This story will charm your heart as Tricia’s stories always do.
Written by The Knowlton Nest on October 29 | e
Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2MKVO7YQCMCQ1/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
Tricia Goyer had done it again, put together a touching, endearing story. Tricia’s ability to translate feelings to paper is incredible and is one that I am so glad she is sharing with the world. This is an excellent book, buy it and a box of kleenex, and start reading.
Written by The Shades of Pink on October 29 | e
Read my full review: http://www.theshadesofpink.com/2012/10/review-memory-jar.html
The Memory Jar was a great Amish fiction read! I loved both of the main characters – Sarah Shelter and Jathan Schrock! One thing that was really interesting about Sarah was how she liked to make fancy cupcakes – I really liked learning about her different creations!
Written by Christian Bookshelf Reviews on October 30 | e
Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1LUMGPDVFREJS/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
This book was stupendous!!! Is this a real word? No other way to describe this work of art! Tricia’s plot was a completely different take on the normal Amish fiction..
Written by Quiet Quilter on October 30 | e
Read my full review: http://karla-hanns-karla.blogspot.ca/2012/10/a-new-book-by-tricia-goyer-fantastic.html
This book is wonderful and probably one of the few Amish Genre type books I can honestly say have a place on my bookshelf. I truly like Sarah – and I’d love to find a Jathan of my own. Tricia has written a couple that are “perfect” for each other. I can’t wait to read the next book!
Written by Tina Peterson on October 30 | e
Read my full review: http://givingnsharing.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-memory-jar-blog-tour.html
Tricia Goyer weaves the characters, situations, difficulties, doubts and people along with more twists and turn and brings a story that will keep you reading until the last page, while it warms you heart in a special way. You will love this Amish community and its people when you pick up your copy of The Memory Jar.
Written by Joy Hannabass on October 30 | e
Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AGIUR77JJD6KX?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cr_pr_pdp
Tricia Goyer did an amazing job with this story. Her characters were deep, heart touching and very likable. I enjoyed how different this story is from most Amish novels. It was very refreshing. The Memory Jar is a captivating story that kept me wondering it was going to end. I hope to see these characters in another one of the author’s novels.
Written by Little Homeschool on the Prairie on October 31 | e
Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A140G87006YOMH/ref=cm_cr_yc_cdp?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview
Tricia Goyer has taken a little known fact – single men coming to Montana, staying long enough to establish residency so they can hunt – and they snag more than wild game – they snag wives as well! That’s not their intent, but the Amish are pretty keen on establishing family, and large ones at that, so the relationship aspect of the story comes as no surprise. What is intriguing about this relationship is the unique ways that Sarah and Jathan are so perfectly suited for each other, both running from something and toward God for the answers.
Written by Window To My World on October 31 | e
Read my full review: http://berlysue.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-memory-jar-by-tricia-goyer-brief.html
I thoroughly enjoyed the Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer! This is book one in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. I look forward to the other 6 books.Tricia Goyer is an excellent author. I’ve read numerous books by her. She makes the books come to life and I can’t stop reading!
…it is almost like you are reading about your family and life. She seems to make the book come alive and I get sucked in every time.
Written by Mary’s Cup of Tea on November 1 | e
Read my full review: http://www.mmbearcupoftea.com/2012/11/the-memory-jar-book-review.html
Once again, Tricia Goyer crafts a story filled with genuine heart and simple pleasures. Goyer’s writing is fun and light. Her characters are relatable… she easily brings us into an understanding of Sarah’s broken heart. Many novels written about the Amish rely too heavily on the issues and customs that separate “us” as Englishers, Goyer instead focuses on the emotions of loss and love that bind us all together.
Aah! Another Amish romance! Almost nothing makes me happier. With a new locale and plot, this novel stands out from the plethora of Amish-themed novels at the bookstore.
Written by THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK on November 1 | e
Read my full review: http://theselftaughtcook.blogspot.com/2012/11/book-review-memory-jar-by-tricia-goyer.html
A memory jar is a bit like a journal except that, instead of words, it houses tiny treasures that will bring back your favorite memories. Reading Tricia Goyer’s new book The Memory Jar inspired me to start my first one. One of the most touching stories I’ve read in a very long time, I often cried both tears of joy and tears of sadness for Sarah.
Written by The Traveling Sisterhood on November 2 | e
Read my full review: http://www.thetravelingsisterhood.info/2012/11/memory-jars.html
I’m always excited to get my hands on a book written by Tricia Goyer. She’s one of my favorite authors and never fails to deliver a heartfelt story that will stay with you long after the last page. Getting lost in the woods and cooking in the kitchen have never been so romantic
The Memory Jar is a lovely story of a healed heart finding love where she least expected it and the man she gives her heart to.
If you are looking for a fantastic book to read, look no further. You should definitely read this one.
Written by Saved Sister on November 3 | e
Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RAIRMAM9DL144/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0310335108&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=
I have read numerous Amish fiction books and you would think that another book would be clichéd or stale, but The Memory Jar is a beautifully written romantic tale.
Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on November 3 | e
Read my full review: http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/2012/11/review-memory-jar.html
In The Memory Jar Sarah keeps pieces of her memories alive by putting items in mason jars. I liked more the image of how we lock up a memory thinking we can keep the time and event safe that way. When we all know that items in a mason jar is better shared, like home made jelly spread on a loaf of freshly baked bread.
Written by Crazed Mind on November 3 | e
Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1MJV6R27IQPBL/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
The characters of Sarah Shelter and Jathan Schrock were both very deep and realistic, and I was immediately drawn into their lives. The theme of moving on with your life after tragedy, and trusting God to direct you toward your future was well done. I believe Tricia Goyer is a very talented writer, and The Memory Jar is a wonderful addition to her collection.
Written by The Loose Screw on November 3 | e
Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RKVQ6MEDLPGSL/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0310335108&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=
I loved this book. It was very enjoyable and definitely a page turner!
Written by More of Him on November 3 | e
Read my full review: http://www.moreofhim.net/2012/11/book-review-memory-jar.html
I just loved The Memory Jar. It is a beautiful story of loss, friendship and God’s healing love. I loved the way this book is written with Sarah sharing her memories of her friend Patty through the items in her memory jars where she has kept special mementos since she was a young girl. I loved Sarah and Jathan’s characters. They were well developed and authentic.
Don’t think for one second that this is just another Amish Fiction story. It’s so much more!
Set in the beautiful mountains of Montana, Tricia Goyer has done it again with this haunting yet oh so romantic story of two people, Sarah and Jathan, who’s past and present experiences bring their hearts together just as two puzzle pieces would fit into one another.
Fans of Amish fiction will enjoy Trisha Goyer’s newest addition to the genre.
Written by This That and the Other Thing on November 4 | e
Read my full review: http://rannthisthat.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-memory-jar-blog-tour.html
I found myself feeling as though I was peeking into something sacred — a God-ordained story of love and loss, dreams and reality, but most of all, the lives of two people, both carrying around pain in their hearts, as well as hopes for the future. Hopes that as an Amish man and woman, were not readily accepted by their communities, or even their families. It took finding each other to allow themselves to do that which would make these hopes and dreams come to life. But it was not easy. Releasing years of pain in order to accept love never is. Standing up for what you truly believe is not either.
If you are a lover of Amish fiction, you will adore this story. If you haven’t read Amish fiction before, you’ll want to begin here.
Written by Ben and Me on November 4 | e
Read my full review: http://www.benandme.com/2012/11/book-review-memory-jar.html
I fell in love with this story! I loved the memory peeks of Sarah and Patty at the end of each chapter and how Jathan encouraged Sarah to dream again. A definite must read!
Written by Radiant Light on November 4 | e
Read my full review: http://frommipov.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-memory-jar-win-amish-kindle-gift.html
I have enjoyed reading Tricia’s previous books about the Amish. This one stands out to me because of how it deals with some very deep emotions about loss and grief. The memory jar represents deep emotions that Sarah hangs onto and hasn’t healed yet. It is the journey of healing and finding her way that make Sarah such a strong character that readers can relate to. We all carry our hurt and our guilt and keep it close to us, often closing ourselves off from the life that God would want us to have.
Written by The Attic Girl on November 4 | e
Read my full review: http://www.atticgirl.com/2012/11/litfuse-blog-tour-memory-jar-by-tricia.html
This is such a sweet love story. You will fall in love with them. Each character feels as if a part of your family.
Written by Life with Lesley on November 5 | e
Read my full review: http://www.lesleypeck.com/2012/11/the-memory-jar-book-review-enter-to-win.html
There were times when I got choked up during this story. I especially loved the relationship between Jathan and Sarah, as well as the friendship between Patty and Sarah. You easily fall in love with all of these characters.
Tricia Goyer is my favorite Christian/Amish writer. Her stories always bring out emotions in me and are filled with lots of wonderful moral content, and love for God. I knew the story would be great before I read it, and wasn’t surprised to be right!
Written by Freda’s Voice on November 5 | e
Read my full review: http://fredasvoice.blogspot.ca/2012/11/114-memory-jar-tricia-goyer.html
I think I have just read my favourite book from all of Tricia Goyer’s novels and that is not an easy admission as she writes always with her heart!
Written by (Live and) Dream a little dream on November 5 | e
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While I enjoyed Sarah and Jathan’s love story and reading about the growth each of them personally experienced, one of my favorite aspects of the book was the presence of characters from Goyer’s Big Sky series. It helped the story to seem that much more real!
Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on November 5 | e
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I had never heard of a memory jar but I truly love the idea of it. I enjoyed this story and feel that the author depicted well the inner struggles one may face in grief and uncertainty in life. She gave respect to her characters that turn to God’s love and guidance to see if he leads them back to one another.
Written by Whoopie Pie Place on November 6 | e
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Tricia Goyer never disappoints. She can tell an Amish story that is SO intriguing about the ‘plain people’ and turn them and their lives into the most colorful stories we never could have imagined, thus making the stories she writes about the Amish some of the most colorful people I have ever read about! This is my favorite by far! A must-read!
Written by Laurie Here – Contemporary Fiction and MORE – Book Reviews on November 6 | e
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A great tale of pursuing God’s will for your life by using the gifts and talents that He has equipped you with, even when they don’t seem to fit in with how you’re life is “supposed” to unfold. It is also a terrific story of opening up one’s heart to healing and love and learning how to live your calling without infringing on someone else’s. A must read for those who need direction in their lives, love a good well-written story or enjoy Amish fiction.
Written by Created for Home on November 6 | e
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Tricia Goyer has an attention to details that help draw you into the story as well, of course, as her marvelous characters. Ms. Goyer lets you feel Sarah’s heartbreak and then her hope coming alive when she meets Jathan. Both Sarah and Jathan are presented in such a real manner that you feel as though they are friends of yours and when the book eventually ends you are sorry to see them go. “The Memory Jar is an exciting book with the romance taking top priority as each of them deals with their individual issues. ”The Memory Jar” deals with themes of forgiveness and restoration as only God can produce. Ms. Goyer has done it again. I liked this book a lot. I am so looking forward to book two in this series.
For a sweet falling-in-love, following-your-dreams story, this first book in the “Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors” series captures it all. While one section of the plot conveys some intrigue and suspense (on a hiking trip in the mountains), most of The Memory Jar is gently paced, often detouring into the past and focusing on internal struggles. And yet Goyer writes in an engaging way with some meaningful lines. So even though this isn’t an exciting, edge-of-your-seat book, I was impressed by the sweetness that snuck up on me and the themes that resonated with me.
Written by Seasons of Humility on November 7 | e
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The Amish of West Kootenai are very laid back but remain steadfast in their faith. I really enjoyed reading about an atypical setting for an Amish story. This book was one of the best in the genre that I’ve read!
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Tricia Goyer is one of my very favorite authors, and she is gifted by God to write incredibly stories! This Amish Fiction work takes place in Montana, which I thought was unique! Most Amish fiction seem to take place in PA or OH.
The Memory Jar is written in a way that really draws you into the story and makes you root for all of the characters.
These stories aren’t just Amish stories either. They are romance novels. I think the thing I like the best about The Memory Jar is that not only do we see Sarah deal with her memories and her grief over losing a friend, we also see her fall in love (with someone she didn’t really even like) as well as learn to use a God given talent.
I love Amish fiction, and Tricia Goyer is one of the best writers in this genre that I know of, so I always grab her books whenever I have a chance, and this one didn’t disappoint.
I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, and would recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction.
Written by Hardcover Feedback on November 8 | e
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As a lover of Amish literature, I’ve always enjoyed Tricia Goyer’s books. I especially liked the lives were touched by the memory jar.
Written by sunny island breezes on November 8 | e
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I can’t really explain why but reading this book had a calming effect on me. The settings and the people were so good and maybe that was why. I’m not saying that these people were not flawed because some of them were very flawed! I am saying thought that the entire book was a joy to read.
I have gone on a lot about Sarah here but she did capture my attention as a reader, I generally liked her character and sympathized with it.
The idea of keeping a memory jar is so appealing. Today, we have hundreds of pictures saved, hundreds of emails, texts, songs, etc… Having a memory jar with a physical object that invokes a memory would be so much more special. The night that Sarah and Jathan spend together is chastely romantic. I love Patty’s advice that the one thing that doesn’t belong in our memory jars is regret.
Written by Live To Read ~Krystal on November 9 | e
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I love, love, love Tricia’s writing and this book, The Memory Jar, I loved visiting in the little town of West Kootenai and ‘visiting’ some of my old friends from other Tricia novels. That is where the similarities end though – this is a whole brand new series and meeting Sarah (maybe I’m partial to the name) and her raw heartache from loss pulls you in especially as you see her responding to life beyond the loss and realizing that God doesn’t want us to live in our past.
Written by Growing For Christ on November 15 | e
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In all, the Memory Jar is a sweet, warm read. I easily give it a solid three out of five. I’m intrigued to see where Goyer takes this series (centered around a part of Montana she used to live in.)
Think about Goyer’s style of Amish Fiction this way – Laura Ingalls Wilder used her pen to help readers remember a simpler time – life on the prairie – filled with family, friends and faith. I think at the heart of her work, Goyer strives to do the same thing.
FYI – While I may not be a fan of the entire “Amish Fiction” genre, I truly enjoy reading Goyer’s books. (By the way, I’m not just saying this because she and I are becoming “in person” friends – not just social media pals). I think Tricia has captured a piece of Americana simplicity. She reminds people to savor life to it’s fullest.
Written by My Scrappy Life on November 24 | e
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I love Tricia Goyer’s Amish books! Her Big Sky series sits on my “to be kept forever” shelf and will remain there for me to revisit from time to time as one of my all time favorite book series! I have a feeling the Seven Brides series will be joining it! The characters in The Memory Jar are so fleshed out, they jump off the page and right into your living room with you. You almost feel like a voyeur into their everyday life. They become members of your family because even once you put the book down, you take Sarah and Jathan with you in your mind. I found myself going about my own daily errands and such, wondering what was going to happen next, how was Sarah going to react to something Jathan had said or done. The Memory Jar is a fantastic read, and would make a great Christmas gift
Written by All Grown Up? on November 26 | e
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The Memory Jar is filled with descriptive elements. The author paints vivid images of the areas surrounding both West Kootenai, Montana, and Berlin, Ohio. This is a carefully thought out story of the vulnerabilities and internal struggles of the main characters in this book.
Written by Nancee on November 29 | e
This is my first experience with Amish fiction. It is far removed from the action and suspense novels I have been reading lately and I must admit, it was a nice break. Tricia Goyer is an amazing author. She really captures your attention with the way she makes you feel like a part of the Amish communities she writes about. Every detail, from Sarah’s white kapp to Jathan’s horse and buggy, is perfectly written. I have never been to an Amish community before, but after reading The Memory Jar, I felt as if I had eaten a cupcake with Sarah and taken a walk through the woods of the West Kootenai with Jathan.
Written by Writing His Truth on December 19 | e
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