On May 1, 2013 award winning romance novelist, Wanda E. Brimstetter, released the fourth book in her six part series The Discovery – A Lancaster County Saga. The readers of this saga were awaiting the fate of their beloved characters and are left with more cliffhangers at the end of The Pieces of Summer.

Brunstetter is well known for her pioneering writing of Amish heritage fiction. She has spent an abundant amount of time researching the ways of Amish life, and has several Amish friends that she and her husband frequently visit. She appreciates the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle and their beliefs in separating from the modern world.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2, KJV  

If you haven’t read the first three books in this series, you’ll want to do so before picking up The Pieces of Summer. The main characters of this series are introduced in book one. Luke and Meredith have been married for just over a year when Luke decides to visit his uncle and learn his trade. He takes the bus, and on the way a tragic accident occurs. Meredith learns of the accident and is told that all of the passengers died. As the story continues to become more complex, we find out that there is a man in a hospital that had been badly injured and is in a coma. His character was given the name Eddie by the nurse caring for him.

In book four, Eddie, who is actually Luke, begins to awaken from his coma but has no memory of his past. Meanwhile, Meredith is trying to put the pieces back together after believing that her husband has perished in the accident. She is pregnant and trying to prepare for the birth of their child. One of her friends, Jonah, has been coming over to help her but does he want more than just friendship?

Concurrently, a nurse named Susan seems to be taking a fancy to Luke. Will they fall in love since he can’t remember the life he had with Meredith? The ending of The Pieces of Summer leaves the reader anxiously awaiting the next installment of this saga. Meredith is in labor and Luke is physically able to move forward with his life, but where will that lead him?  

This book is a great read and the author draws you right into the Amish culture. To find out what’s next for these characters, pick up the fifth book in this series, A Revelation in Autumn, which was released on June 1, 2013.

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