Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Although this is the second book in this series, it reads like a stand-alone. I had not read the first book, Herb of Grace, before I read this one. I will definitely go back and read it. In this book Sarah Yoder, a widow and mother of two boys is making her way in the world by treating other people with herbs. She is friends and has a fond heart for Henry Byler, with whom she share a fence. Raised Amish, Henry Byler never joined the church and considers himself an Englisher. He is a potter by trade. No matter how Sarah feels about Henry, she keeps her distance.
Sarah doesn't just help heal people. She offers advice in the hope of healing their heart and life. The problem is that sometimes it becomes pure meddling and is offensive to many of her friends. Sarah makes some comments that offends those that are closest to her and finds she must apologize to them.
The author did an excellent job of creating characters that have flaws we can all relate to. We can see the dilemma Sarah gets herself into and may even be able to relate to some of the things she does. I loved when she talked about the plant from which the books title comes. It is a hardy plant that grows in some of the harshest places. It brightens up the spot where it grows. It is a lesson for us that wherever God plants us we need to bloom and grow. Sometimes those tough spots we find ourself in is the exact place God needs us to help us grow to our full potential.
I've read some of this author's other books and have really enjoyed them. I am sure you will enjoy this one as much as I have. This book is one of two that will be given away to a lucky winner, along with an artisan bar of chocolate from Oliver and Sinclair. If you would like an opportunity to win these two books and the chocolate bar then please go here to read my post and leave a comment along with your email address. That is all it takes to be entered to win the two books and chocolate. I will choose a winner at 10 AM EST on Valentine's day. Please visit that post and leave a message.