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April 23, 2017

Book Review: Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin’s Upon a Spring Breeze is one of the most touching books I’ve read in while. I could actually feel Bess Weaver’s pain at losing her young husband, Caleb. One minute she is working in the kitchen waiting for Caleb to come home and thinking about their first baby due soon. In the blink of an eye, she becomes a young widow and will be a single mother. Her whole world is turned upside down. The baby who should bring her joy instead serves as a reminder of her loss.

In her struggle to find a new normal, Bess begins working at an English-owned bed and breakfast and finds herself attracted to the owner’s son. Caleb’s best friend, Aden, has tried to help Bess but finds the love he has always repressed has grown stronger. Now two men vie for Bess’ affection while she still mourns her loss.

Several widows in the Amish community take Bess under their wings, offering her help, support, and friendship. Will they be able to help her find hope ,joy, and even love again?

As in all of her novels, Kelly Irvin writes rich descriptions and situates well-developed characters in a fast-moving plot. Thank you for such a beautiful story, Kelly. We have all experienced loss of some sort, and we have all struggled to find our way at times. How wonderful to read a story that puts these feelings into words and also offers hope.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough!