THE MEMORY JAR
The latest Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors story has memorable characters who are struggling with letting go of the past. Goyer honors the Amish and their ways in each of her stories and teaches readers about a simpler way of life.
Sarah Shelter is wondering if this time around, she will be one of the lucky women who find love with one of the 30 - 40 men who come to town each year for the hunting season. She has carried her memory jar with her everywhere and collects items that have some meaning attached to them. When one of the young men, Jathan, meets her, he is hooked. He wants to know why there is sadness behind her smiling eyes and is hoping he is the one who can make everything better for her. Can Jathan get Sarah to open up to him and turn her sadness into something happy, or will Sarah forever be unable to let go of her past? (ZONDERVAN, Nov., 352 pp., $14.99)