Saturday, February 23, 2013

Book Review: Goodbye to Yesterday by Wanda Brunstetter


I was recently contacted by Handlebar Marketing and asked to review Wanda Brunstetter’s book Goodbye to Yesterday. Although I normally enjoy Amish fiction and was excited to review this book, I wasn’t nearly excited by the time I was done.

Before I read a book, I always start by reading the summary on the back. Since this book is super short and is the first part of The Lancaster County Saga, the summary was about all I needed. The book had a few extra details, but only took about 1/2 hour to read, and basically just added a little character development to the summary from the back of the book.

In my mind’s eye, I can see the publisher calling and saying, “Hi, Mrs. Brunstetter, your public wants more. Just use that story idea you’ve been scribbling down. What, you aren’t done with the story? Ok, just give us the first few chapters. That will appease them.”


Although the writing is fine, and the characters are interesting (albeit traditional to Amish fiction), this book didn’t seem long enough to have a plot, and really doesn’t reach a climax at all and just kind of leaves you hanging at the end.

Meredith and Luke Stolzfuz are facing the same problems that so many couples are facing today. A crumbling economy makes Luke loose his job and he is looking for a solution to their problems. A phone call from an out-of-state uncle changes their lives, but will it really be all that Luke hopes it will be? Well, to find out, you’ll have to buy the next book in the saga.

Would I read the rest of the saga? Only if each part was a book rather than a snippet.

If you’d like to check this book out for yourself, see Amazon, CBD, or wherever Christian books are sold.


**** I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Handlebar Marketing. All opinions are my own.

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