"Dear Mr. Chupp"–with those three words, a pen-pal relationship is ignited and two lives are changed forever.
Jalon Chupp has a past he isn’t proud to claim. He’s worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his Amish faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can’t help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person.
Phoebe, too, looks forward to every single one of Jalon’s letters. Living with her overbearing aunt, Phoebe doesn’t have too much to look forward to. Then Jalon suggests they meet, and she panics—although she has shared some of the deepest longings of her heart with him, she hasn’t been entirely truthful about her past. But when Jalon shows up at her aunt’s doorstep, everything is revealed. And she can only pray he’ll forgive her for holding back the truth.
In order to reach beyond the errors of their pasts, both Phoebe and Jalon must put their faith in something—or Someone—bigger than either of them could pen.
Fuller (A Love Made New) steps away from the traditionally idealized life of the Amish to focus more on the ideas of redemption and grace as they pertain to flawed yet loving individuals in her latest inspirational romance. Phoebe Bontrager is a young Amish woman with secrets. She and four-year-old Malachi are staying with her Aunt Bertha for a time when a letter from Jalon Chupp finds its way to Phoebe's hands. Thus begins an epistolary relationship between two people filled with desperate loneliness. Jalon, who lives in Birch Creek, Ohio, has been suffering from guilt for years over an accident that gravely injured his cousin. Then he and Phoebe begin their correspondence. The connection they forge simply reinforces his faith in God and the knowledge that God's plan is in play. Yet the secrets both have had to keep in order to protect others may be the very things that tear them apart. Fuller's refreshing portrayal of the Amish as complex, flawed children of God adds deeper dimension to a plot already filled with lovable characters and an artfully crafted world that draws readers in and invites them to stay. Passion and joy for God and the written word are evident throughout the book, woven into a heartwarming invitation to share the love.
First book in An Amish Letters series!
Written in Love by Kathleen Fuller is An Amish Letters Novel. One day Phoebe Bontrager picks up the mail and there is a misdirected letter. She sends the letter back to the sender with a note. Soon Phoebe receives a thank you reply from Jalon Chupp. This is the beginning of their correspondence. Phoebe is staying with her Aunt Bertha in Dover. Aunt Bertha is very stern and strict, and Jalon’s letters are a welcome respite. Jalon lives in Birch Creek and Phoebe’s letters are the high spot of his day. An accident in his youth has clouded his life and led to many poor choices. He is now working a construction job, and it actually thinking about the future. Over the next few months, their letters continue and get longer in length. Both of them, though, have secrets that they have yet to reveal. Phoebe has made sure to get the mail each day before her aunt. But then one day, Aunt Bertha comes in with the mail in her hand. She has opened Jalon’s latest letter to Phoebe. Aunt Bertha forbids Phoebe from having any more contact with him and destroys the letter. After three weeks with no letters from Phoebe, Jalon heads to Dover. Jalon is shocked at how Phoebe is being treated by her aunt and stands up to Aunt Bertha. This leads to Phoebe being ushered out of the woman’s home (I am putting it nicely). Jalon suggests that Phoebe come home with him to Birch Creek (properly chaperoned, of course). These two will need to overcome their pasts in order to have a future together. Their faith and love will be tested. Is there a chance for Jalon and Phoebe to be together?
Written in Love is a sweet Amish novel. It is nicely written and has some good characters. I only told you about three characters in my summary. My favorite character was Jalon’s sister, Leanna who is an unusual Amish woman. Leanna is a mechanic and likes to travel. She has a strong personality yet she is friendly. I am hoping the author will give Leanna her own book. The religious aspect is light. I am glad it is not overwhelming (the author gave it just the right touch). I give Written in Love 4 out of 5 stars. I wish the author had not taken so long to reveal the characters’ secrets. By the time, they are disclosed, the reader has already guessed (quite accurately) what the characters were determined to keep hidden. I was frustrated at times by Phoebe and Jalon’s lack of communication. Phoebe was particularly vexing, but she has a reason behind her reticence. I liked the basic premise of the misdirected letter. It is an old-fashioned idea in these modern times. I am curious to see what will occur in the next book in Kathleen Fuller’s An Amish Letters Novel.
WRITTEN IN LOVE
WRITTEN IN LOVE by Kathleen Fuller. Phoebe and Jalon postal mix up of letters, by chance or destiny. They correspond, questions and secrets, as a courtship between two pen pals begins. Until he shows up at her aunt's doorsteps, will all be lost. A moving story of getting past the mistakes of the past, and letting go, for new. Great book for all ages to read and enjoy Given ARC by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.