Gladden the Heart by Olivia Newport

This did not start out to be one of my favorite books by Olivia Newport but by a third of the way in I had to find out how this story would be resolved. I ended up really enjoying this book and had a hard time putting it down. I liked most of the characters in the story but had a hard time liking Susanna’s mother. She had a hard time trusting what her daughter was doing in being so helpful. This book made one think a bit. I received this book from Barbour for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

“When you have experienced the Holy Ghost as I have, you would see that it is difficult to turn back.”


When the lively fervor of nineteenth century revivalism endangers the staid customs of the Amish community in the lush but rugged Kishacoquillas Valley of central Pennsylvania in 1847, the Amish church must deal with a divisive question: What is a genuine spiritual experience?
The question turns personal when Susanna’s beloved cousin Noah begins preaching while under trances and even though he is not a minister he gives long sermons that attract increasing attention. Curious, she helps to keep Noah safe during his trances. At the same time Adam, Susanna’s intended, feels pressure from the bishop to speak out against the ways of revivalism.
Susanna and Adam are pushed to opposite sides of a controversy that threatens their traditional Amish faith.. Now they must grapple with whether love is possible…even if they come to different conclusions.


When Noah goes missing at a time of day when he often preaches while asleep, circumstances thrust community members with divergent opinions into a crisis that demands they recognize the humanity they share regardless of beliefs. But can strong-held opinions be softened by the truths that shape their lives? 
More in the Amish Turns of Time Series:

Wonderful Lonesome

Meek and Mild

Brightest and Best

Hope in the Land


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