The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer

The only thing 24 year old Sarah Shelter had left of her best friend, Patty Litwiller, was a jar full of memories. Soon after Sarah and Patty met, they began putting items in jars when they had an event in their lives they wanted to remember. It had been two years since Patty died, but Sarah was having trouble facing life without her. Sarah worked at the West Kootenai Kraft & Grocery where she’d met several bachelors over the years, yet she still wasn’t a bride.

Jathan Schrock, like many other single men, went to West Kootenai to live for six months to be able to hunt in the area. The men went to hunt and some returned home with a bride. But Jathan wasn’t looking for love, he came for another reason. Jathan was not a typical Amish man. He had ideas that didn’t sit well with certain people.

Sarah and Jathan got to know each other and discovered they had a lot in common. They both had dreams that involved baking. Following their Amish beliefs was very important to them but it was keeping them from realizing their dreams. Jathan and Sarah friendship was growing when Jathan had to unexpectedly return to Berlin, Ohio. Will Jathan be another memory in Sarah’s memory jar?

Tricia Goyer describes the mountain community of West Kootenai in such a way that I could picture myself being there, with all the sights and sounds of the area. I also enjoyed reading Sarah’s memories of growing up with Patty. It gave me a look at how Patty showed Sarah how to live life to the fullest.

I think Jathan and Sarah had trouble communicating their feelings for each other. It was frustrating that they did not get what the other was saying when it came to how they felt towards each other. I wanted to spell it out for them!

This story is about Sarah moving on with her life but not forgetting the wonderful part Patty played in it. Sarah learns to hold on to her special memories but doesn’t let them hold her back. The Memory Jar shows us we need to accept God’s will even though it doesn’t make sense to us here on earth.

Seven Brides For Seven Bachelors Series:
#1 The Memory Jar
#2 The Promise Box  - read my review here

I received a free copy of this book from The Christian Manifesto and Zondervan in exchange for my honest review.

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