Published by Shiloh Run Press on February 1, 2019
Genres: Amish Fiction
Also by this author: The Seekers, The Farmers' Market Mishap, The Blessing, The Beloved Christmas Quilt: Three Stories of Family, Romance, and Amish Faith
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What would happen if you found out someone has been impersonating you? Sara Murray had never met her mother’s parents and was surprised to learn after her death that they were Amish living in Pennsylvania. When she is finally able to make the trip to meet them, she is shocked to learn someone else has been living with them and pretending to be Sara. Sara can’t understand how quickly her grandparents are willing to forgive the imposter. Secrets and deceit seem to follow Sara, and she is so tired of it. Though soon she meets Brad Fuller who is visiting her grandparents for during Christmas. She likes him a lot, but even he seems to pull away from her, not being totally honest. Struggling, Sara finds an old canning jar hidden in the barn that is full of encouraging prayers. Can Sara find a way to forgive the past and move on to building new relationships?
This is Book 2 in the brand-new series, The Prayer Jars, from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter. Book 1 -- The Hope Jar (August 2018) Book 3 -- The Healing Jar (August 2019)
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If you were on your way to meet your grandparents for the first time and you arrived to find someone impersonating you and deceiving your grandparents, would you be able to forgive them and become good friends? This is exactly what Sara has to decide in The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter.
In Brunstetter's well-crafted way, she wrote a story that plays with your emotions as you feel the conflict Sara is facing. Sara's grandparents, upon learning about Sara's impersonator are quick to forgive her and let her continue staying with them, something Sara can't understand.
Brunstetter did a great job of letting us see both sides of the situation from the different character perspectives. I felt for both of the characters as I learned more about their backstory. I understood Sarah's hurt and questioning and the reason she reacted the way she did, but I also felt for the imposter. While it was clearly wrong to pretend to be someone else, I was challenged by Sarah's grandparents and the forgiveness and kindness they showed.
The role of the old canning jar was another unique element to this story. I enjoyed reading this book and I enjoyed it even more than the first book in this series. Now I'm awaiting the third installment.