Wanda E Brunstetter has become one of my favorite writers and I looked forward to reading her newest book The Apple Creek Announcement, Creektown Discoveries, volume 3.
Reading one of Wanda’s books is like catching up with old friends, especially Orley and Lois Troyer. They own an antique store and want to engage with and to help the customers who visit their store. In The Apple Creek Announcement, readers are introduced to Andrea and her boyfriend, soon to be fiancé, Brandon Prentice. Andrea is a piano teacher and a painter who sells her artwork capturing local Amish scenes. Brandon is the town’s veterinarian. Their relationship seems to be going well until Andrea learns about a lifelong secret her parents have kept. It throws her for a loop, and her focus has changed.
Two of my favorite characters are Orley and Lois. I’m glad these characters are included in this novel. I enjoyed their storyline in this book. They seem very kind and caring.
I had a hard time with Andrea and Brandon. At first, I found them very boring. Their romance kind of fell flat, wasn’t believable. Once there were developments in the story, these two characters became more interesting.
Unfortunately, I didn’t much care for the main character Andrea. She seemed spiritually immature. She reacted emotionally and didn’t turn to God in prayer or to the Bible. Even towards the end of the book, her character didn’t acknowledge wrong behavior and attitudes on her part. Andrea held on to anger, resentment and blamed her parents. She seemed to play the victim and blame everyone. If her character had developed and grown over time, repented and turned to God, it would have come across as different. Brandon was more likable, and he seemed more mature, willing to examine if he had made the right decision. He sought wisdom and good counsel from an older believer.
I found it odd that when Andrea and Brandon were engaged, that one of the obstacles they encountered were their pets not getting along. You would think that a vet would have clue on how to help the situation.
A couple of things that should have been left out was Andrea trying to calm her nerves with lavender essential oil. If the character was a Christian, she should have turned to God’s word and prayer. Some advice that Orley gave Brandon wasn’t the best. He told him to pray…good! Then he said God may give you a “sign”. No! Examples of those in the Bible who asked for a sign were descriptive, not prescriptive. It was before they had the Bible, God’s Word.
I rather liked Andrea’s friend, Colleen. She seemed to genuinely care about Andrea and was straightforward with her and Brandon.
Something I appreciated about The Apple Creek Announcement is that it’s clean, and the Gospel of Christ and word of God are shared. I look forward to reading more of Wanda’s books in the future.
If you’ve read the earlier books in this series, you may want to read The Apple Creek Announcement by Wanda E Brunstetter.
I would like to thank Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy The Apple Creek Announcement by Wanda E Brunstetter. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.