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Loving Lovina

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Loving Lovina was such a good story. It is book three in the Infamous Amish series. I had not read the first two books in the series, but now I think that I would like to go back and do that. I did not have any trouble jumping into this story and journeying with Lovina as she tried to remember her life. I actually liked discovering things along with Lovina and learning what was true in her life and what her family was trying to shield her from.

I especially liked seeing Johannes and Lovina together. I really felt for Johannes as he worked to help Lovina. He was the fiancé that she left behind and he felt guilty that she didn’t remember exactly what had happened. Yet, the chemistry between these two was wonderful. Even as they slowly got to know each other again, it was clear that they both were beginning to experience the love that they once shared.

Difficult topics were handled with grace and realism. I liked the way the characters did not shy away from discussing the situations that they found themselves in. Lovina’s family had gone through a lot of disgrace and it was important that they realized that things would never be the same, but that it did not mean that their lives could not include happiness and love. I really enjoyed this story.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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Loving Lovina by Patricia Johns is the third book in The Infamous Amish series.  I recommend reading the books in order or at least reading The Preacher’s Daughter before embarking on Loving Lovina.  Loving Lovina picks up where The Preacher’s Daughter ended.  I thought Loving Lovina was an easy-to-read story.  I was immediately drawn into the story.  I was curious to see how Lovina’s tale would turn out.  I also wanted to learn what would happen with Savilla, the widow with two girls as well as Johannes.  I thought Loving Lovina was well-written with mixed pacing (the pacing varies throughout the book).  There is repetition of details in the story.  Some of the repetition is because of the alternating viewpoints.  The story is told in Lovina and Johannes’ point of view.   I thought the characters were relatable and realistic.  I cannot imagine losing your memory.  You cannot remember who you are or what you have been doing.  You have to rely on what others are telling you.  Her family and Johannes are trying to protect Lovina plus they never want her to leave again.  Loving Lovina is an emotional story.  Lovina is struggling with her emotions and so is Johannes.  Johannes loves Lovina but he is also afraid of getting his heart broken again.  I really felt for Savilla who is a kind woman who wants to do what is best for herself and her two little girls.  I loved Daniel’s storyline.  Daniel is Johannes’ nephew who is currently staying with Johannes and his father.  I thought it was wonderful that this teen was determined to follow his own path.  I liked the creative solution he comes up with to help his mother and himself.  I was glad that Daniel did not cave to the pressure from his family.  I like how honesty ended up being the best solution in many cases.  There are times when it is best to fudge the truth especially when it will hurt someone’s feelings.  But, the majority of the time, honesty is the best policy.   Loving Lovina is a sweet story with family, friendship, faith, and love.  I hope that this is not the end of The Infamous Amish series.  Loving Lovina is a poignant Amish tale with missing memories, a lost love, a fretful family, a creative teen, rampant rumors, an offender father, a wise widow, and a cheerful conclusion.
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This is a clean Amish Romance, and this is the third book in The Infamous Amish series. I have read the other two books in this book series before reading this book. I think you should read at least the second book in this book series because this book picks up where the second book ends. I do not think this is a good book to be read as a stand alone book because there is so much that is in book one and two in this series that this book feeds off of. This book is told mostly by Lovina who as no memory because of an accident, and her family is not telling her everything. I really loved Lovina's character, and I also really enjoy this series. I love the story line/plot in this book. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Zebra) or author (Patricia Johns) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.
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I got this book from her Publishers! Netgalley! 
I love this book~ I can not wait for more! I really am loving her books! I am glad I picked them up!
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This is the third book in "The Infamous Amish Series" by Patricia Johns.  Lovina is the youngest sister in her family.  She has been missing for a year after her father, the Bishop, was caught stealing thousands of dollars from the community.  Her family finds her, but she has amnesia!  What or who is she trying to forget?  I was hoping it wasn’t her adorable ex-fiance, Johannes.  I highly recommend reading the books in order so you can understand the backstory of the characters. 
I hope Patricia Johns writes another book in the series, maybe about the Bishop?  I want to thank the author, Kensington Books and NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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Loving Lovina is the third book in The Infamous Amish series. Ideally, reading the first two books before this one would be best. It can be read as a stand-alone novel but there is a lot of backstories. 

I can't imagine what it must have been like for Lovina to wake up in the hospital with amnesia, having no idea who she is. I imagine it was scary when a family claimed her as their own, and she went to live with them. The story line is unique, especially for an Amish book. Lovina slowly gets her memory back and is frustrated that everyone seems to be keeping things from her.

Johannes is happy Lovina is back. He wonders how their relationship will be once she gets her memories back. He is caring for his nephew Daniel, dealing with Lovina being back but having no memories, and has so much on his plate. I liked Daniel's character. He was strong in his own right and not afraid to find a way to follow his dream, despite a lot of opposition.

Patricia Johns shows once again she is not afraid to step out of traditional storylines and create something new. She handles hard issues realistically, with flawed characters. She shows sin does not only affects those involved but the community around them.

I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction. Those who love Kathleen Fuller, Beth Wiseman, and Wanda Brunstetter will also enjoy Patricia Johns Loving Lovina.

Thank you to Kensington and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book. I was not required to provide a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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This is the third entry in Patricia Johns' The Infamous Amish series.  Lovina Yoder wakes up in hospital, not remembering what brought her there, or anything else, for that matter.
She doesn't remember the scandal surrounding Abe Yoder, the Amish man claiming to be her father, bringing her home to her sister Elizabeth (the subject of Book 2), and brother Isaiah (subject of Book 1).  She also doesn't remember being engaged to kind and handsome Johannes Miller.  There's more...she also doesn't remember that she was so upset and humiliated by the scandal, she actually left their Amish community a year prior.  Her family and Johannes are pretended that part didn't happen, though.  They are just hoping she will only remember up until she left.  But is that really the way it should be?  How can she really heal? 
Ultimately, as scraps of memories start to return, they all realize honesty truly is the only solution.  Can that honesty and God's (Gott's) love restore Lovina's heart?  Her heart for her father, and for the man she left a year ago?  
This is a beautiful and heartwarming story of trust, honesty, faith and restored love.  You will want to read this whole series!
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"Loving Lovina" is the third and final book in Patricia John's Infamous Amish mini-series. The story continues to unfold in Bountiful, PA, and this segment features Lovina, one of Abe Yoder's daughters, and  Johannes. Lovina ran away from home and went English after her father was convicted of fraud. Now she's been found in a hospital with amnesia after a bicycling accident. Her family brings her home, but they're not telling her everything. Memories slowly start to trickle back to Lovina, but is she really still engaged to Johannes? Can she make a life at home among her Amish community with all of it's challenges, or should she return to the English world where her family's history won't follow her and she's appreciated for her many skills that the English don't possess? . 

This was such a fun and enjoyable read to me! I'm sorry to see the series end. I wouldn't suggest reading this book as a stand alone, as it's too connected to the first two stories. Release date is 03/29/22.

#NetGalley kindly provided an e-copy of this book to me. All opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. 

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"Loving Lovina" by Patricia Johns
Release Date: 3.29.2022

Lovina Yoder wakes up in a hospital bed and doesn't remember her family or fiance, Johannes Miller.  Johannes obviously cares for Lovina, and he shares stories of buggy rides and walks.  Lovina senses peace and joy through his stories, but something doesn't feel right.

Johannes is happy that Lovina is back.  However, this isn't the way he wanted her to return.  Lovina ran away from the Amish world, when she could not face the community after her father's sins.  He hopes that Lovina will stay.

Lovina is searching for the truth.  Johannas is strong and patient.  This novel shows readers consequences of sin and how it does not just affect the sinner, but their loved ones and community.  This is a story of love, faith, and forgiveness.  

Thank you to @netgalley and @kensingtonbooks for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

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We open the second book in this series, with Lovina in the hospital, and she has amnesia. Now this can be read alone, the author's does a great job of bringing us up to date, but you don't want to miss the first book!

Returning home is not easy for Lovina, and you soon know why, but she has no idea whom these people are, but somewhere deep she does! I can't imagine!

This is Lovina's story and Johannes, but it is also the Abe Yoder's families story, and we are there to see if and how they heal.

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zebra, and was not required to give a positive review.
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Pain and heartache, combined with tragedy, make this story unusual for Amish fiction. But oh so good. Joy comes, I promise. 

The characters are so well written. Lovina obviously is confused and searching for truth. Johannes is strong and patient even in a really difficult situation. Both walk a path that is surprising to them as they find their way..back to each other? Or not?

This entire series is compelling in that we seldom read a novel that includes crime and prison for an Amish minister. Author Patricia Johns shows us the consequences of sin; how it affects the entire family and community. And we learn that forgiveness is not beyond God and shouldn’t be beyond us. Sometimes raw, always honest and caring, Loving Lovina will draw you into it’s pages. I highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
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A beautiful story! This book is the 3rd in a series; however, to get the most out of it, I HIGHLY recommend recommend reading the 2 previous books. However, if you are like me and did not read the previous books, Patricia Johns does and excellent job filling in the backstory as you go along so you know what is happening. Lovina has lost her memory in a bike accident. She struggles to navigate her world as she attempts to fit in an Amish culture she has no memory of. As Lovina regains her memory, her friendship with her former fiancé deepens. Will Lovina stay in her Amish culture, or will she return to the English world that calls?
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This is a wonderful read! Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. It will keep you guessing until the end. It is not a typical Amish book. I loved it!
I received a complimentary copy from Kensington Books / Zebra via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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I really enjoyed this book! I have read a lot of Amish fiction by various authors, so I am pretty critical of this genre. Some things about this particular Amish community didn't seem accurate, such as how much physical contact there was between the unmarried main characters. But every church district is different in real life, so maybe the author based this setting on a specific place. 

Anyways, there was a lot of intrigue, the character development was good,  and I had a hard time putting this down! I wanted to keep reading and reading to see what would happen next. 

Even though this is part of a series, you can read it as a standalone. I knew nothing about the other titles but enough of the backstories were shared in this book, so I knew what was going on.
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For me this book is really kind of hard to rate.  I was left with mixed feelings about it. There were parts of it that I liked and other things that I didn't enjoy quite so much. I will say that it was a different kind of Amish story from what I have read before.  Probably because some of the things that they were dealing with as an Amish community.

One problem for me was although the world building was terrific, the story was often so slow.  Some of that had to do with the same issues and feelings been rehashed over and over. The emotions do come through really well but I just felt some of the going over of them could have been a bit less.   
As Lovina is trying to regain her memory her sister Elizabeth and her sister-in-law hovering over her was almost painful to watch.  Elizabeth especially was the worst but then again they were so afraid of losing her again I understand why it was happening.  
Daniel, what can I say?  Loved that kid and his determination to follow his unusual path.  His unusual solution actually does end up sparking some creative ideas for others.
There is a sweet ending to the story which once again I did like.  So hopefully you can see why I had trouble rating this book.   

 " I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book through Netgalley. And these are my honest opinions about it.”
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3 stars
A good Amish romance circling around Lovina this time in the series. It has no surprises and is just very expected.
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Johannes and Lovina used to court each other and share secrets.  Then she decided that she didn't want to be Amish any more and left the faith.  She's been gone a while and has come home because  she had an accident and now she has amnesia and doesn't remember anything.

His family and hers wants Johannes to help her regain her memory and try to keep her in the faith again.  Really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down.
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Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139 7-10

I have so much enjoyed these series. It has connected my heart to the gospel in many ways. Book 3 is on the youngest sister Lovina. A family that was torn apart because of the sins of their father. A pastor in the Amish Community of Bountiful. Each book focus on one of the siblings and this is Lovina who had ran away after her father was handcuffed and sent to jail. She lost all that she knew including her fiancé Johannes. No one knew where Lovina went or if she was ok.

Lovina's story of redemption is that her father finds her in a hospital. She has lost her memory and is brought back home to heal. She does not remember anything, however, some things brings her memory back and she has to confront her emotions. Her family and Johannes are protecting her and in hopes that when she does remember, she will stay Amish. Lovina is on a emotional healing with her family. She is rediscovering what family, commitment, faith and can she overcome her deep feelings of despair.

Johannes never stopped loving Lovina and his story is about waiting patiently. He too has to come to grips about why Lovina left and the train wreck her father left. You as the reader go thru their emotions as well and reflect on how God uses those emotions for his good purpose.

A special thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. Lovina leaves the Amish, has an accident and gets amnesia.  She does not remember her family or her fiance.  But with their help she does.  This small review can not doe justice to the awesopmeness of this book.
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Stories like these just makes my heart melt for these characters. Especially for Lovina and Johannes.  He was outstanding in my book.
I love his kind and caring ways towards Lovina. His patience is amazing and I wish that more people were like that.
I've read several Amish novels from this author but this one is by far my favorite. 
I love the family dynamics and how this novel is different from her other ones. 
Forgiveness is the main theme of this book. 
5 stars for a well written story that I couldn't put down.  I was sad when it ended. 
My thanks for a copy of this book.  I was NOT required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.
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