Sunday, August 25, 2019

Review - A Home for Hannah

Title:   A Home for Hannah
Author:  Amy Lillard
Series:  Amish of Pontotoc #1
Genre:   Inspirational Romance
Publisher:  Zebra
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:   329
Date of Publication:  February 27, 2018
My Rating:  5 Stars


In Pontotoc, Mississippi, the Amish way means a chance to rebuild, renew, and rekindle a love from long ago . . .

Fifteen years. That's how long it's been since Hannah McLean set foot in the Amish community where she was raised. Through it all her heart has never forgotten Pontotoc--or Aaron Zook, her first love. Now widowed, and left with little more than her hurting teenager and her prayers, she returns home, even knowing she and her son may be turned away.

When Aaron learns Hannah has returned, he nearly falls to his knees. He's a strong man, but lately the care of his three motherless children and family land have been more than he can handle. Now providence has delivered the first woman he loved, and with her, the rush of feelings they once shared. But will his simple, removed way of life leave Hannah longing for something more, or can they begin anew, finding a new way forward together?


Hannah McLean left the Amish community fifteen years ago. Having just lost her husband, her finances and her home uncertain, she returns to Pontotoc, Mississippi with her fourteen-year-old son Brandon. Hannah has desperately missed the community and her life turned out nothing like she had hoped. One glance at Aaron Zook, a widower with three children, and Hannah feels a deep sense of loss.

Things are going to be totally uphill for Hannah. Her husband has died and left her in debt. While she waits for the finances to be settled, she makes a temporary home with her family. There is no doubt that Hannah has questioned her decisions, but how will she ever move forward? Not only does she have to really question her faith and learn about forgiveness, she must also learn about hope. Furthermore, she must consider what is best for Brandon. How can a worldly teen thrive among the Amish?

What about Aaron? What is their past? Their connection? If they could possibly open their hearts again to one another there are the rules of the Amish faith to consider. Hannah is at the most serious crossroad in her life and it will take a lot for that elusive hope to become a reality.

What an incredible book! I was moved - over and over again. Hannah's struggle felt so incredibly real. Also, there was a twist in this story that will have a lasting impact on everyone involved. I love how that was handled. I fell in love with this family. Each of them have stories well worth considering and thus this was a thought-provoking read. 

I have read a handful of inspirational romances and this is definitely one of my favorites. This book leaned heavily of the tenets of faith and prayer, as well as powerful family ties. This was a book that was impossible to put down. As a matter of fact, I read all three books in the series, one after another. I love Amy Lillard's style and how she was able to draw on my emotions. I look forward to reading more from her in the future. 


I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, Fibro Warrior, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?)  Rob and I have been married for over twenty-five years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)

Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940’s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s. 

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