About: They both love music. Will God deny what brings them such joy?
Musical prodigy Levi Shetler hasn’t touched a piano since he secretly played one years ago. His strict Amish community forbids instruments or the singing of any music not in their approved songbook. Levi asks God often why music tempts him when playing an instrument isn’t allowed in his world.
One person knows Levi’s talents: Mary Hershberger, the girl who promised years ago to keep his secret. Mary comes from a more liberal district than Levi, but she’s facing family troubles of her own. The mutual care for an aging Englischer, Adeline, reunites Mary and Levi as young adults. They realize that, despite their differences, they have a shared love of music—and a shared confusion about whether their talents are God-given gifts or temptations luring them into the Englisch world.
The couple realizes they must compromise or part ways, but a tragic accident shakes their decision. Both Mary and Levi will need to reconcile what they love with what their hearts say is right—because even as their passion for music brings them together, it could be what tears them apart.
The first novel in the new Amish Journeys series by bestselling author Beth Wiseman, Hearts in Harmony explores how far the heart will travel for the melody of love.
Genre: Amish, romance, and kinda Christian fiction.
My Rating: 4 and 1/2 stars.
My Recommendation: 13 to 16 up reasons in my warnings below.
My favorite character/s: The characters were really interesting . . . I LIKED them. Natalie, she was super cool and I loved the differences in each of the characters. Levi and Mary were so alike and yet different since they’re both Amish though they are from two very different communities.
My Verse for this book is Psalm 95:1
O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. (King James Version.)
My Thoughts: Whoa, an Amish book I LOVED, you see I like Amish books but I don’t love them . . . that is until this one fell into my hands. I loved how Levi and Mary got to know each other and their relationship was so cute. In all this is one of the best Amish books I’ve ever read. I highly recommend you read this when you have the time to have a cup of tea and maybe a box of tissues. You’ll need them as the book ends. It was refreshing to read about the differences in the communities since most authors show the Amish as one community without a difference.
Warnings: An unwed pregnancy, and a couple is seen kissing in secret.
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