Book description:Everything changed between them the first time he called her Katie.
Katherine Yoder has loved Johnny Mullet since they were children, but he never actively returned her affections. Like so many things in their world, he assumes Katherine will always be there. Once his horse farm is a success, then he will court her in earnest.
For several weeks, Katherine has been plagued by severe headaches and dizziness. While resting at home, Johnny unexpectedly visits, but when dizziness strikes, she loses consciousness. She awakens hours later in a hospital bed, unable to remember how she got there. Seeing Katherine injured and vulnerable stirs something in Johnny, and his guilt compels him to spend time with her while she heals. Soon his heart begins to stir with questions: Does she even remember why he'd come to her house that day?
As Katherine struggles to recall recent memories of Johnny, a surprise visitor arrives in her already unsteady world—a man named Isaac who claims they had been writing letters to each other, even considering marriage, before her illness.
With two men vying for her attention and her memory still elusive, Katherine has never felt so divided. The answer may lie behind a door she never considered opening.
Thoughts:Having read the first two books in this series (Middlefield Family novel) and several in the author's other series (Hearts of Middlefield). Kathleen Fuller is a great Amish author, I really enjoyed her other books and was excited and happy to pick up her latest book. Katie Yoder has loved Johnny Mullet for forever. But he's always blown her off, offended her and basically broken her heart. Now that she's older she realizes that it's time to move on. But how? Her mom and friends want her to and she knows she should...she just can't seem to. There is a visitor who seems interested in her, but things get even more complicated when Johnny starts paying attention to her! And acting like he really cares. Johnny has bought a farm and hopes to start a horse farm, it's just a matter of getting started. However he's laid off from his job and can't find any other work. His money is getting low and he's just now realizing that if he wants to let Katie know how he feels he needs to do it soon. He's been scared to tell her but now she may not be there when he finally gets up the nerve. Through in some side stories and buggies and you've got a great Amish novel :)
Pros: Kathleen Fuller writes some very great Amish stories. Her books were the first Amish books I ever read (I think) and she just has a great way of combining characters that work really well together and make the story believable. The family and connections between families in Middelfield is so sweet and you get to see peaks into past main characters lives. The characters in this book are some from Fuller's tween series (which I haven't read, but would like to sometime) which is a great tie in for those who have read them. If not it's still a great book and easy to read and understand even if you haven't read any of the author's other books. The plot is interesting and there is a certain part where an illness causes Katie to forget certain things, the past 3 weeks actually. It was so smart of the author to come up with that! It really added a lot to the plot and just made everything work together more beautifully. I liked the characters and overall Amish feel.
Cons: There are a couple cliche overrated scenes that I felt could have been done better or left out. But really that was my only complaint. I did feel like it was a little short but that was probably because I read it within 24 hours. Content wise there was a kiss or two, some illness and thoughts about marriage or being with someone that might not be appropriate for tween aged readers.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and was happy to add it to my shelf...despite a few scenes that made me roll my eyes. I would recommend to 13/14+ teen girls and women who enjoy sweet Amish stories.