Book Review: Treasuring Emma

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Title: Treasuring Emma
Author: Kathleen Fuller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date: August 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59554-775-0
Genre: Inspirational/Amish
Reviewed by: Laura V. Hilton

Emma Shetler has just lost her mamm to a long battle with cancer. The funeral is happening, yet Emma, kicked out of everywhere, is left with nothing to do but mourn, while her sister, Clara King, runs the funeral. Emma is bitter-Clara had nothing to do with their mamm when she was sick and dying, but now she acts like the devoted daughter.

Adam Otto left his Amish community two years ago. Now a confusing letter from Emma’s “grossmammi” has drawn him home again, just for a visit. With nothing to do, Adam reaches out to Emma and her “grossmammi,” helping around the farm, but Emma seems to want nothing to do with him.

Clara and her husband, Peter, who is unable to find a job, are destitute. Yet when Peter’s cousin Mark arrives, Peter is quick to offer hospitality. Clara is attracted to Mark and rebuffs her husband. Not only that but Clara wants Emma’s property, Emma’s land, and everything on it. And she’s determined to get her hands on all of it … but someone has an even more murderous agenda.

Treasuring Emma is the most recent book by best-selling author Kathleen Fuller. I enjoyed reading it, though I must admit that I disliked Clara and Mark. Peter was a sweetheart and I admired everything he did and said in this book. Emma is bitter, Adam is confused and hurting, and both are struggling to find God’s plans and purpose for their lives-but are they willing to let go of “self” long enough to look to God? Discussion questions are included.

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