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Dear to Me (Brides of Webster County, Book 3) (Heartsong Presents #662) [Paperback]

By Wanda E. Brunstetter (Author)
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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.4" Width: 4.2" Height: 0.7"
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   Barbour Publishing Company
ISBN  1593106378  
EAN  9781593106379  

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Melinda Andrews loves deeply. She often pours that love into caring for hurt animals and sketching the deer that live in the woods behind her farm. This regularly gets her into trouble with her "maam" and "daed," who feel she shirks her duties to "tend to her critters." Gabe Swartz loves Melinda and wants to make her his wife, but even he has a hard time understanding why she seems to prefer the company of her animal friends to him. Worlds collide when Melinda delivers an ultimatum: Gabe must agree to give up hunting, a hobby he loves and believes to be useful, or she won't marry him. Will Melinda and Gabe be able to overcome their differences, or will they end up losing their chance for love and marriage?

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More About Wanda E. Brunstetter

Wanda E. Brunstetter Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 7 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today. Wanda’s books have been translated into four foreign languages.

Wanda’s fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda’s desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda’s novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda’s primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern “Englishers.” Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too.

Wanda E. Brunstetter currently resides in the state of Washington.

Wanda E. Brunstetter has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Amish Millionaire
  2. Brides of Lancaster County
  3. Brides of Lehigh Canal
  4. Brides of Webster County
  5. Christian Large Print
  6. Christian Large Print Originals
  7. Daughters of Lancaster County
  8. Discovery - A Lancaster County Saga
  9. Discovery: A Lancaster County Saga
  10. Double Trouble
  11. Double Trouble (Barbour)
  12. Indiana Cousins
  13. Kentucky Brothers
  14. Prairie State Friends
  15. Rachel Yoder (Paperback)
  16. Rachel Yoder--Always Trouble Somewhere (Audio)
  17. Sisters of Holmes County
  18. Sisters of Holmes County (Paperback)
  19. Thorndike Christian Fiction

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OK but not Wanda's best  Apr 28, 2010
I have read several of Wanda's books and the set before this was very good and different but this was slow and almost boring....I usually enjoy the Amish stories.
Lovely story  Jan 20, 2010
Like Melinda, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for all of God's creatures. Had I been allowed to as a child, I'd have taken in every stray that came my way, too. As an adult, I've taken in many rescued pets and helped many animals in need. I grew up in a hunting family and although I didn't turn out to be a huntress, I don't have a problem with those who hunt for meat.

While I am not abreast on Missouri fish & game laws, I was quite surprised when the author had Melinda suggesting feeding deer and taking in an orphaned fawn. Where I'm from, feeding wildlife is illegal and can be considered baiting, carrying a hefty fine. It's also illegal to keep wildlife as pets. I might not agree with everything FWP does, but it's the law.

I found it interesting that, as a young mother, Faith vowed to always support her daughter's endeavors and not discourage her talents, etc. as her parents had done with her. She, of all people, should have known what it was like to be criticized and not encouraged by one's parents. However, that's exactly what she did to her own child.

Overall, the story was good. It was quite refreshing to read this book without one of the notorious Brunstetter tragedies, but I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. Unfortunately, it did. She couldn't make it through one book without throwing a rake in someone's spokes. Isaiah shooting Gabe wasn't necessary, but at least it was only one incident and not tragedy after tragedy as is her style.

I don't understand why Melinda would have to leave her faith to further her education. I kept thinking of the scripture that says "The glory of God is intelligence." So, I don't understand why the Amish would discourage education. Chief Plenty Coup of the Crow once said "Our most powerful weapon is education." I would have thought that Faith would have been especially proud of her daughter's efforts to get her GED, etc. I also don't understand why Melinda would have to quit the vet clinic when she was married. When she had children, yes, but most newlyweds could definitely use the extra money she might have made. As a former veterinary assistant myself, I still think Melinda should have become a certified assistant or technician. My mother used to say that your knowledge is something that can never be taken from you. It would have only given her the extra skills necessary to help her animal friends. I have a friend who never became a vet, but she worked with one for so long that he has no problems with her doing even simple surgeries and sells her the necessary supplies. I could see Melinda being like that.

Dear to Me (Brides of Webster County, Book3)  May 16, 2009
I have found a new favorite author. I can't put her books down. Wanda Brunstetter is fabulous!
Gabe and Melinda's Problems for their Future  Nov 11, 2008
When two young people are in love, living and loving the small Amish villiage and their families, but have differing goals for life, a crisis results. Melinda loves animals first and foremost, nursing injured wild animals, raising orphaned animals and treating their domestic animals. Gabe is fine with this until he finds out Melinda does not like him to hunt deer which she chooses to sketch in the woods. In addition, he has to call off their engagement when he finds she wants to leave and go become a Veterinarian. Can she choose between her future husband and her future occupation? Gabe is an up and coming woodworking man, working for his father, and he is not ready to leave all he holds dear. Tragedy after tragedy befall this couple, and through it all they have come to realize what each feels is most important in their lives. A little too predictable for me, still the author portrayed the ways of the Amish, a little religion, a lot of young love, and the problems between families and individuals when one has such a severe religous belief system and the other has the same deep love for wounded and hurting animals. The ending of the book was a bit surprising to me but a nice conclusion to this three book series.
w  Sep 1, 2008
Great purchase, came extremely fast. Would buy from seller again. Wonderful condition and transaction.

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