Book Review: Letters to Katie by Kathleen Fuller

Letters to Katie

From the book description:

Everything changed between them the first time he called her Katie.

Katherine Yoder has loved Johnny Mullet since the two were children, but he’s never returned her affections.

Now Johnny is trying to forge a new life for himself by purchasing a farm and building a business of his own. But times are tough, and he soon learns that he can’t take anything for granted—especially Katherine.

Before Johnny has the opportunity to tell Katherine his true feelings, she’s struck by a serious illness. While Katherine struggles to recall recent memories of Johnny, a surprise visitor comes back into her life, claiming that his letters speak of a history and a future for the two of them.

With the two men vying for her attention and her memory still elusive, Katherine has never felt so torn. But will the solutions to both Johnny’s and Katherine’s problems lie in places neither one has ever considered?”

My comments:

In many ways, Letters to Katie is a typical love-inspired Amish novel, complete with the expected happy ending, which isn’t a bad thing. That’s generally what I want in an Amish novel because I read them specifically for light reading after a stressful day or when I’m not in the mood for “heavier” reading. And I got that with this book. It was just the right amount of light reading I was looking for in this book.

At the same time, Letters to Katie isn’t a typical love-inspired Amish novel, especially in the way the characters interacted with each other. This too isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Another reader might not even notice. However, for me it took away from the story. I am no expert in the ways of the Amish by any stretch of the imagination, but the way the characters spoke sometimes and acted toward each other seemed decidedly “un-Amish” somehow. The thing is, if pushed, I couldn’t pinpoint an exact sentence or scene that was “un-Amish-like” but the overall tone and certain words or expressions threw me off. it made it harder for me to really get into the story, particularly in the beginning.

However, once I got past that hurdle, the story is really good. Katie is an endearing character and I rooted for Johnny as he struggled to maintain his horse farm. And I loved Cora and her feisty ways in spite of myself. 🙂 I love reading the transformation of various characters when I read a novel and this book was no exception. I loved watching Johnny grow from pride to faith and humility. You know, Katie may be the heroine of this book, Johnny was my favorite character (can you tell? 🙂 )

And all in all the plot was rather engaging. Yes, the outcome was exactly what I expected but there were a few twists to the story and so even though this wasn’t the best love-inspired Amish novel I’ve read, it was worth the read. I would recommend this book to other Amish novel readers.

I give this book three (3) stars.

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