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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Treasuring Emma gets off to a brisk start as main character Emma is confronted with her mother's death from cancer. Emma and her grandmother's farm, in the heart of Amish country, is cared for by neighbor Norman Ott, but it needs care and repair that two women cannot tackle. Norman's son, Adam, is Emma's former love who has escaped into the outside world from the strict Amish life he finds too confining. Adam comes home when he receives a letter from Emma's grandmother and finds that Clara, Emma's sister, is adamant that their grandfather's tool shed be converted into a yarn shop to bring in income for Emma and her grandmother and also to Clara and her loving, but out-of-work husband, Peter.
Peter's cousin, Mark, arrives on the scene. He looks to be authentic Amish and begins to court Emma, but are his intentions honorable? And can Adam work his way back into Emma's affections and save the farm as well?
Treasuring Emma is a worthy addition to the Middlefield Family series as it is well written and well edited. Characters are believable, and the dialogue suits the plot. The suspense as to what Emma and her family will do with her grandmother's farm is really good and well drawn out. Mark's questionable background makes the story more than just another romance, and Clara's bitchiness and impatience with her husband lends depth to the storyline. The glossary of Amish terms at the book's beginning is a good literary asset to which the reader can refer. Treasuring Emma is much more than just another goody-goody love story. It deserves to be read by all readers who just enjoy a good story with a worthy heroine and a charming bad guy.