Hopefully Ever After
by Beth Wiseman
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Pub Date 18 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 18 May 2023
Zondervan Fiction, Zondervan
To become who they’re meant to be, Eden and Samuel must find the courage to defy expectations.
Sixteen-year-old Eden Hale doesn’t want to be defined by her current circumstances. With absent parents and a troubled past, Eden refuses to become what people expect. When she is sent to live with an Amish cousin she’s never met in Montgomery, Indiana, she welcomes the chance to become the person she wants to be without the burden of anyone’s judgment. Her hopes are confirmed when she meets Samuel, a young Amish man who seems to like her for who she really is.
Samuel Byler has grown up with strict Amish parents, and they aren’t happy that their only son is choosing to spend his free time with an outsider. As Eden and Samuel grow closer, disapproval swirls around the young couple. It isn’t long before Eden starts to doubt herself and wonders if she is doomed to repeat the mistakes of her own past, whether she wants to or not. Meanwhile, Samuel finds himself slipping further and further from his faith—to Eden’s dismay.
Both Eden’s and Samuel’s futures hang in the balance as they face decisions about who they are meant to be—both as individuals and together.
- Sweet contemporary Amish romance
- Book 1: The Bookseller's Promise; Book 2: The Story of Love; Book 3: Hopefully Ever After
- Book length: 95,000 words
- Includes discussion questions for book clubs
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Beth Wiseman is an author I trust to create memorable books with interesting characters who come to life. Hopefully Ever After definitely did not disappoint. Although Eden and Samuel are both young, they have an instant bond. They are complex, imperfect young people, each with his or her own problems, who help each other cope with life. I hope there is a sequel because I want to know what is next in their lives.
It can be hard to rise above a troubled past, especially when the circumstances are beyond your control. In Hopefully Ever After, Beth Wiseman shows us how trust in God and a supportive family can completely change a person’s life. This is book three of the Amish Bookstore series.
Sixteen-year-old Eden has had a rough life, and now she has been sent to stay with an Amish cousin she has never even met. Yvonne and her husband Abraham show Eden the love and support she has been missing with her own mother. When Abraham’s teenage nephew Samuel comes into the picture, he and Eden begin to bond almost immediately, much to the chagrin of Samuel’s strict Amish parents.
Eden and Samuel’s story was the main focus of the book, and both characters were well-developed and very likable. I was delighted to see a new chapter of Yvonne and Abraham’s life, and I also enjoyed getting to know Samuel’s parents, Leroy and Anna. I didn’t think I would like this story as much as I did the first two books simply because the main characters are teenagers, but both Eden and Samuel are mature for their age, and Yvonne, Abraham, and Samuel’s parents featured heavily in the story. With so many different personalities and everyone wanting different things in life, the storyline was always interesting. I went through pretty much every emotion while reading this story.
I have always enjoyed stories by Beth Wiseman, and this one was no exception. I would definitely recommend this book. Although this story can stand alone, I would recommend reading the first two books in the series as well.
This book was provided to me courtesy of Zondervan through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Beth Wiseman is my number one favorite author when it comes to Amish romance.
Hopefully ever after is a beautifully written coming of age story between two Amish teenagers.
It is the final book in a series, but can be read as a stand alone novel, although it you haven't read the previous book, you will want to go back and read it after enjoying this one.
The main characters are, Eden and Samuel. Both are 16 years old.
We watch Samuel struggle with his faith while the romance between Eden and himself grows.
The book is touching and emotional. All of the characters are totally believable and seier interactions engaging.
I loved the descriptive settings and the interwoven lives of the Amish community members. The love they share for one another is heartwarming.
Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher ZondervanFiction for the granting me an advance copy of this book in return for my honest opinions.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Hopefully Ever After by Beth Wiseman
Beth Wiseman’s Hopeful Ever After is her third book in her Amish Bookstore series. This book is a great addition to the series.
The story itself centers on Sixteen-year-old Eden, an Englisher, and Samuel, a young Amish man. The well developed storyline weaves a tell of a young woman who is determined to become the person God intends and not who people think she is.
Eden comes to her cousin’s in Indiana to stay for a month while her Guardian is that a vacation. Here, she meets Samuel, who is content to accept her for the person she really is. Samuel has been brought up and such a strict Amish environment that his desire is to know more about the outside world. On the other hand, Eden has seen too much of life and wishes for the simple life of love and family in this peaceful Amish community.
The whole book deals with grown of both Samuel and Eden as they struggle to find out their diversities.
The characters are realistic and we are reintroduced to friends from the first two books in this series and able to catch up with their lives. The story moves quickly, and keeps you wanting to read more and more.
This book can be read as a standalone, but you will enjoy it more is you read the preceding books in this series so you will be more familiar with the characters and their storylines.
I highly recommend this 5-star book. Release date is April 18, 2023.
Thank you, Zondervan Fiction for allowing me to read an advance copy. All opinions are my own, and I was not required to give a positive review.
Sweet and Inspirational
Teenage years are one of the many difficult times in life. For Eden and Samuel, it is especially difficult. They share many similarities in how tough the road towards growing up truly is, but they also have some differences. While Eden is searching for a deeper faith journey, Samuel is questioning his and wondering if he's missing out on life. Eden is trying to live in a way that dispels any preconceived notions people may have of her. Samuel, on the other hand, is walking the line while feeling like he's just going through the motions. As they spend time together, they fall into an easy and honest sharing of their struggles. They find a kindred spirit in each other which deepens their friendship and relationship. In turn, their relationship also has an affect on their family relationships. Sometimes the results are good and sometimes they are not so good. Will Eden and Samuel's friendship and faith walk be able to survive their differences as well as the good and the bad?
Hopefully Ever After is a wonderful story of hope, faith, new beginnings and second chances. The characters were realistic and drew me in completely. I found myself cheering them on and hoping that they would get to where they needed to be. It is a truly sweet and inspirational story and one that I highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. All comments and opinions are voluntary and strictly my own.
The last in the Amish Bookstore series can standalone on its own merit. But by reading the previous book, you can enjoy the continuation of those characters as we are introduced to a new lead. The two primary leads in this story are younger- 16 years old. As such, Hopefully Ever After is a tender and sweet coming of age love story. Eden and Samuel were a good match and the storyline was well done. However, where Wiseman really thrives as a writer is the interplay between characters- old and new. We get to revisit Yvonne and Abraham and their married life- I love seeing them interact and support 16 year Eden in the caring and compassionate way we would expect these two to act!. We even get the sisters of the Peony Inn- how amazing it was to revisit Lizzie and Esther! Samuel's storyline with questioning his faith and seeing how his parents navigate raising their teenager. is very realistic, that all parents of teens will relate to. It's those relationships that really tug at the heart-strings and nurture the soul. This book is such a warm and joyful conclusion to an excellent series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.. Thank you #NetGalley and #ZondervanFiction for the ARC.
Eden Hale is not quite your typical teenager, she has had a difficult past, doesn't want others to judge her now for her past mistakes. She doesn't know who her father is and her mother is drug addicted and in jail. While living with her Aunt she finds solice in Lord and wants her life to be different. While her Aunt takes a month long vacation, Eden is sent to stay with cousin Yvonne and her husband Abraham in Indiana. Her cousin Yvonne who was English married Amish man Abraham in book 2. On her arrival she meets charming Samuel who interest in her is just more than attraction. He is in his rumspringa and is thinking of going out in the English world. Raised in a very strict home, his parents won't let him experience life for fear he will crossover. Both want what each other has. One wants a simple life the other wants to explore all the world offers. Samuel and Eden put their families in a quandray, each trying to protect. Both of them learned through their friendship, along with their families about their faith, judgement of others, and living a godly life. I hope there is a book in the future about this young couple. I received an ARC from Zondervan Publishing and my review is of my own opinion.
Sixteen year old Eden has been sent to stay with her Amish cousin for a month. After the disruptive life she has had she feels like she has come home. Eden meets Samuel an Amish boy and they have an instant connection. Is sixteen to young to find your soul mate? This is a good story about finding your place in the world.
Beth Wiseman gives us a third book in her Amish Bookstore series. We meet some of the characters from previous books, but this could still be read as a stand-alone book.
Eden is a 16-year-old English young girl who has lived a very hard life. She has come to stay with her Amish cousin for a month as her mother is in prison and her guardian is away on a trip. She meets neighbor, Amish boy, Samuel, who wants to learn more about the English life, but his parents are very protective and do not want him to be around Eden or to be on a rumspringa and be exposed to the English life. Because of this, Samuel is considering leaving the Amish community.
This book is a book about young love, forgiveness, faith and hope. The emphasis on how the English struggle in their beliefs as well as how the Amish struggle with their faith makes for an interesting read. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it to others.
I received a copy of this book from Zondervan and NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Another Beth Wiseman series that I have enjoyed. It meshes the English world and the Amish world together. It has a great way of seeing the contrast between living in faith and living in the world.
Eden Hale is the cousin Yvonne Wilson who has been the main character in both previous books. She came from the English world looking for a valuable book that an Amish bookkeeper had at his bookstore. She is now working for at the bookstore and married to Amish man. Yvonne and Abraham have agreed to have Eden stay with them for a month. Eden comes from a troubled past. She does not know her father and her mother has been battling drug addiction for many years. However, Eden has been found by God. God has drawn her in because she has known despair and wants what is important. She has sworn that she will not be like her mother. Her first day with Yvonne, she meets Abraham's nephew Samuel. Samuel should be in Amish "running around" but because of the fear of his parents, they have given him a tight rein. Eden and Samuel have not only an physical attraction to each other, but a attraction of the other's lifestyle. Eden has always wanted a family like Samuel and Samuel always wanted to know what the world was like. Their curiosity of each other, leads to a friendship that causes problem for Samuel and his family and has put Yvonne and Abraham in a tight spot.
Reading Amish books such as this gives you a perspective on faith. Sometimes it easy to take for granted what faith is but reading about Samuel and his struggles about wanting to see the world gave me the perspective of free will and choice. The Amish raise their children to follow God, working together as a family and with community and when the become of age, the parents give their children the freedom to chose the English world or the Amish world. Living a Godly life is not about rules but keeping families safe in the arms of the a loving Father. Samuel was learning about that thru the eyes of Eden and it made their relationship a hopefully ever after!
A special thank you to Zondervan Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review
This is a great story about an English girl who comes to stay with her Amish Aunt and Uncle. She meets an Amish young man, Samuel Byler, and they are attracted to each other. This doesnt make Samuel's parents happy. Eden is drawn to the Amish way of life and Samuel is wanting to explore the English world a little bit. This is a great story and I enjoyed learning more about this way of life.
I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my own honest opinion.
Hopefully Ever After by Beth Wiseman is book three in her The Amish Bookstore series.
Eden is temporarily staying with her older cousin Yvonne in Indiana Amish country. Previously troubled, she loves the peace she’s found there and her friendship with Yvonne’s nephew-in-law, Samuel. Their lives are so different, but they’re growing closer together by the day. She’s only there for a month, but they hope to bridge the gaps in culture for a hopefully ever after.
Beth Wiseman smartly continues the series with a novel that reads as a standalone. There are strong characters and plot. Continuity is maintained with the series. Religious themes of hope, faith, forgiveness, and love are throughout. Hopefully Ever After is a 5 out of 5 star read that I highly recommend it to all readers of romance, especially Christian romance.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I honestly didn’t think I would like this book bit it surprised me. When I realize it was about two teenagers, I almost didn’t read it. But it was about so much more than that. It showed the struggle of having doubt in God. Also the difference between overprotective parents and ones that ignore you. It was a good book and Eden’s struggle with her mom brought tears to my eyes.
I will definitely recommend this.
Thank you to NetGalley.
Seeing this new Beth Wiseman book made me very happy!
3rd in this new series. I
I feel that the 1st book will be my always favorite one. I loved the mystery that it contained and the friendships that were formed.
Wiseman never disappoints!
I savored/finished this book in one day.
Eden is my favorite character in this book.
In my opinion, she's perfect example of what God can do if we only let Him. I love her goals in life.
I loved the storyline of 2nd chances, family, faith and hope.
5 stars for a job well done! I highly recommend!
I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
I'm so thankful that I was able to read it.
I am glad that Beth Wiseman continued this third storyline from her Amish Bookstore series. We get to revisit characters from the first two books and meet new people as well. When Eden, who is a young English girl and has already lived a rough 16 years of her life, is sent to live with an Amish cousin she has never met, she slowly learns that people really can love and respect each other-something she never received from her own mom. When she befriends Samuel, a young Amish man whose parents are very strict, she discovers he is struggling with his faith.
It was refreshing to see how Beth Wiseman turned the tables and had Eden be strong in her faith, but Samuel was having doubts about his faith and remaining Amish. All the other Amish books I have read, it is usually the Amish who have a faith that never waivers and the English characters struggle.
All words and opinions are my own. I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review.
No one is immune to anger, questioning faith, or making poor decisions -- not even the Amish. This book explores some pretty big issues from the eyes of a pair of sixteen year olds who are dealing with adult problems. It didn't go the direction I thought it would, but ended up in an interesting place...and I look forward to seeing if there is a follow-up to the story. For folks with trigger issues, be aware that there are themes of drug abuse and parental death.
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