The Hope Jar

The Prayer Jars, Book 1
Narrated by: Rebecca Gallagher
Series: The Prayer Jars, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
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Brand-new series from New York Times best-selling author Wanda E. Brunstetter

What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day?

Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle, and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them.

Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle’s budding faith - but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?

©2018 Wanda E. Brunstetter (P)2018 Oasis Audio
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Wonderful

The story line of this book was really good. I would recommend it to anyone. I have always loved the author she keeps the stories very interesting and I also like the narrator.

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The Hope Jar

Can’t wait to see what happens in book 2. I really loved this book. I was drawn into the storyline

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Lies are bad m'kay?

The books was written well. The story is intriguing however......
SPOILERS AHEAD!!



Michelle seems like a horrible person!
I get that she was desperate to get away from the boyfriend but deceiving two elderly people AND stealing from them in the end?? Awful!!!
In the end it seemed she learned ALMOST nothing and took the cowardly way out.
Ezekiel was pretty decent and annoyingly so, so was Brad. I was rooting for Ezekiel but he was kinda slow.
Perfect guys for a horrible leading lady. Blegh, what else is new. Works like that in real life too so whatever.
I rated the book positively cause I loved how the author described the Lapps and their HEARTS.
I can't understand why was their daughter so...... (again) a terrible person!
Seems to me like all the characters in the book(s) are just horrible people and punch of hypocrites. Except for the Lapps of course. They're the only characters in the book that made me wanna read the book and see how they react. Truly likeable characters!
The ending was sort of a cliffhanger. I had to purchase second part cause I REALLY wanted to read what happened with the Lapps and real Sarah. Also how Michelle changed..... or did she?
Anyways. If you're a calmer person then maybe this book is for you. If you're like me, you might wanna bunch Michelle and Sarah in the face time to time.
Sorry for the possible mistakes I made writing here. English is my third language.

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Forgiveness

This book was a little to long for me. I couldn't believe how cold hearted and selfish Michelle was. It seemed like the Laps liked Michelle better than Sarah. Sometimes these books have people falling in love to fast.

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A view from a different world

As I listen to the book I literally went to the Amish country and felt like I was a part of it. Very very interesting and so worth the read.

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Love Wanda E. Brunstetter stories.

A great story by a great author. Kept me engaged all the way through the story. Very good.

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Too Many Unrealistic Plot Holes

Like many Amish books, this was a bit too "teachy." Too much, here is what this word is in Pennsylvania Dutch, and here's how to say this...

But even though this book was left very unresolved, I can't force myself to listen to the next in the sequal because of too many unrealistic things in the plot. We're supposed to believe she can be treated in the hospital under a fake name with zero issues coming up? umm...ID? Medical Insurance? Forms?

Plus everything "English" is abustive men, dirty hotels, and drugs, while the worst thing to happen in an Amish town is a man neglecting to tell his father he bought a truck? You can show case the differences between the cultures without making everything so black and white.

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Great story!!

loved the story line it was really different but great. I love reading books about the Amish.

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Great Book

This book was one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Super excited to read the next one and see how the story continues.

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Good Story Overall

definitely different than most Amish stories and I appreciate that. my only complaint is that it seemed to be a bit drawn out and repetitive regarding the main character. Overall, I enjoyed the story and look forward to book 2.