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The Apple Creek Announcement–Valentine’s Day wedding

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The Apple Creek Announcement

by Wanda Brunstetter

Bad things can happen when secrets are held close. Wanda Brunstetter focuses on this theme of honesty in relationships in The Apple Creek Announcement. Andrea’s parents have kept a secret from her for thirty-three years. When it is accidentally revealed, it affects her relationship with them as well as with her fiancé. There is another couple with a secret, but they are mature Christians and handle the revelation with prayer and kindness to each other. In fact, praying to God for daily guidance as well as for help in times of difficulties is another theme of this book as God uses some of the characters to share His wisdom with others. They feel like they are called to help others in this way. A third theme is reconciliation and forgiveness while there is still time.

This is a sweet, gentle book. The first part sets the stage. There is a dramatic twist in the second part of the book, and complications take off from there. I liked Andrea and her fiancé
Brandon at first, but less so in their responses to Andrea’s crisis. They truly weren’t listening to each other or being very practical about the problem. Despite this, I really wanted a happy ending for them. The characters and the reader are recipients of a surprise resolution that leaves everyone smiling.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 4/5

Category: Christian, Women’s Fiction

Notes: 1. #3 in the Creektown Discoveries series. Some of the characters recur in the three books, but this could be standalone.
2. Includes discussion questions at the end of the book, but they contain spoilers so you don’t want to read them first!
3. Includes recipes.

Publication: August 1, 2022—Barbour Publishing

Memorable Lines:

Lois had no idea whether her dad had heard anything she’d said to him or not, but even in her sadness, a sense of peace settled over her like a soft blanket. She felt God’s presence, whispering in her ear, “My grace is sufficient for thee.”

“…God knows about whatever problems we may have to face in this life, so the best thing to do when dealing with any kind of situation beyond our control is to pray about it and let the Lord work things out.”

Despondency clung to him like a wet garment, only he couldn’t take it off.


11 Comments

  1. WendyW says:

    Keeping secrets is never a good idea. Especially big ones.

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  2. This does sound sweet, but not very exciting 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. The Apple Creek Announcement drew me in because of the title. We have visited Amish country in Apple Creek.

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  4. Gretchen says:

    I haven’t read a Wanda Brunstetter book in a while. They are nice breaks from heavier reads.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Nancy says:

    Sweet sounding. I have never read this author. And I have been to Apple Creek in Ohio Amish Country.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Carla says:

    This sounds like a beautiful story, Linda. Keeping secrets is never a good idea, they always seem to come out eventually.

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