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Monday, August 27, 2012

Review of Jerry And Tina Eicher "My Dearest Naomi"

From the back cover: 

Two Young Amish lovers separated by the miles...
 
 
Eugene Mast has his heart set on leaving his Amish community in Indiana to teach in a Mennonite school in Iowa.  But in so doing, he must part with his "dearest Naomi", the girl he plans to marry at the end of the school term.
 
For nine long months, Eugene and Naomi express their love and yearning for each other  through a series of treasured letters and poems they read over and over until the next letter arrives.
 
     Words of Love
  Your words are magic as can be.
  They cross the world from you to me.
  They bridge the distance I cannot sail.
  They heal my heart and tell their tale.
       Eugene Mast
 
This charming novel is based on the actual letters sent between popular  Amish fiction author Jerry Eicher and his wife, Tina, while the couple was separated during Jerry's tenure at a Mennonite school.
 
My Review:
It took me a while to read this book as I didn't get into it at first, but the more I read the more I liked it.  It was written as a series of letters between Eugene and Naomi.  Sometimes one would write a letter to the other and reference something that I didn't remember reading about in a previous letter.  I like that it was based on something that acutally happened and I like how Jerry portrayed the characters true feelings of lonliness for each other.  I would give this book four stars.  I enjoyed, but not as much as some of Jerry's other books that I have read.  Keep up the good work Jerry. 

 

 
       
 



16 comments:

  1. What an interesting book review.

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  2. I usually like books in letter format - but it definitely helps if they don't reference things outside the letters!

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  5. I love your honest reviews! Knowing that it took you a while to get into this one is good so I will know to hang in there too. I love books based on actual events! I find them so intriguing.

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  6. i really enjoy books based on true stories too! Also I think it is a neat spin that it is letters to each other. I am going to have to check this one out! :)

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  8. This sounds like a great, easy read! Thanks for the review! Is it a true story?

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  9. I need to check out this author and your other reviews ;)

    I LOVE books about Amish life ;)

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  10. This is a good review to read. Sounds like an interesting book. :)

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  11. Thanks everyone for liking my reviews. I'll follow all that have left a link.

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  12. that looks really sweat. i love that it is based on real letters. letter writing is something i hope we never stop doing!

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  13. Nice review. I must admit I am growing more interested in the Amish community. Love letters say so much about the heart. I just might look for this on Amazon and/or iTunes and check it out.

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  14. That sounds like a really heartwarming love story read. Will check out the book online.

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  15. This was a good write-up. I followed you on FB. :)

    -Cheers

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  16. Oh dear, a story about long-distance relationships... I can so relate! An interesting read...

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