Hope In The Land by Olivia NewportHope In The Land by Olivia Newport

Hope In The Land

byOlivia Newport

Paperback | April 1, 2016

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When Henry Edison turns up in Lancaster County to survey farm women about their domestic contributions during the 1930s, the last thing Amish housewife Gloria Grabill has time for is the government agent's unending questions. Gloria's hands are already full with a farm to run alongside her husband, a houseful of children, and an English neighbor, Minerva Swain, who has been trying Gloria's patience for forty years. Gloria's oldest daughter, Polly, wants nothing more than the traditional path of an Amish farmer's wife, but everything she does seems to push Thomas Coblentz further away. While the Great Depression shadows the country in gloom, can Amish and English neighbors in Lancaster County grasp the goodness that will sustain hope?
Olivia Newport's novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.
Title:Hope In The LandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:April 1, 2016Publisher:Barbour Publishing, Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:163409655X

ISBN - 13:9781634096553


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This is one of those subtle kinds of stories that creeps into your heart. A hope-filled respite that left me longing for simpler days. Gloria is at the centre of it all, dispensing compassion and wisdom (most of the time) as she nurtures her brood and looks beyond the needs of her own family. Her one nemesis is Minerva and, frankly, I can totally see why! (insert the sound of nails scratching on a blackboard -- the woman is that annoying!) I've always been fascinated by the Depression era as a historical setting though it isn't the most popular time periods for novels. The title, Hope in the Land, aptly describes how Gloria approaches life during these trying times and somehow she manages to spread that hope to those around her. And I love her counsel! "Find the calm in the storm. If you try to talk in the wind, you only end up shouting at yourself." (p.129) Then there's Polly with her dreams of marriage though she isn't great farmwife material. City-slicker Henry, a fish out of water when he arrives in rural Lancaster County. And Minerva, the annoying English neighbor who puts on airs. Gloria touches all their lives in different ways. A gentle story of simple faith and endless hope.
Date published: 2016-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fourth book in series! Hope in the Land by Olivia Newport is the fourth book in an Amish Turns of Time series. It is 1936 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (in the midst of the Great Depression). Gloria Grabill runs a busy farm (and has a husband as well as many, many children). Gloria and her husband, Marlin have many children to support as well as their cousin, Lillian (who is indeed a trial) who is currently staying with them. Then Henry Edison arrives. Henry is a new government employee with the WPA (Works Progress Administration), and they are conducting a survey (an in-depth survey). The survey is to find out the domestic contributions of farm women (vegetable gardens, canning, eggs, chickens, etc.). Gloria knows nothing about the survey. Turns out that Polly (nineteen-year-old daughter) filled it out and turned it in. Since Gloria has no time to assist, she refers Henry to Polly (who is very good at mathematics). Polly wants nothing more than to settle down and marry Thomas Coblentz. But is that really the right thing for Polly? Minerva Swain is the Grabill’s Englisch neighbor. Gloria finds Minerva a pain in her you-know-what (they went to school together and ended up living next door to each other). Minerva thinks she is better than the Grabill’s and likes the finer things in life (despite the depression). Minerva is particularly fascinated with catalogs, mail order, and COD (cash on delivery). Minerva is going down a dangerous path. What happens when her husband finds out the extent of her spending? And then there is the shed (a big shed). Minerva needs help and it looks like Gloria Grabill is the solution. Is this a chance for the two women to come together and be friends? Come join Minerva, Polly, Gloria, Henry, and more in Lancaster County to find out what happens to them. Hope in the Land was a good book. I was engaged right from the beginning. The novel contains humor, romance, friendship, life lessons, and a little mystery. I give Hope in the Land 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I liked seeing what farm life was like during the 1930s as well as the difference between an Amish family and an Englisch family. It is a Christian novel which added just the right touch to the story. I will definitely be reading more books by Oliva Newport. I received a complimentary copy of Hope in the Land from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Great Depression The time of this book is the 1930’s and takes place in Lancaster Pennsylvania, but it could be anywhere in the U.S., it is depression time, and the also a sever drought, dust bowl. College educated Henry Edison has secured one of President Roosevelt’s WPA jobs, and glad to work. His car dies as he arrives at the Grabill Amish home, and they open their doors to him. The family takes him under their wing, and especially Polly helps him with his fact finding. We also meet the Swains, the Grabill’s English neighbors, and particularly Minerva, who was a nemesis to Gloria when they grew up. So I instantly didn’t like her, but some things are deceiving and I am quick to judge, or was I? Polly is a good friend with the Swain’s daughter Rose, and we find that they both have big hearts. Again Minerva gets on my nerves with how she wants to rein in Rose, but Rose will have none to do with it, and shares her gifts with all. This is a time when good people end up stealing to survive, and we find lunch pails, and pies and canned goods going missing. Was a bit surprised that Polly’s friend, or was it Lena? Is going around with wagonloads of food, or canned goods? What is going on? There is also a bit of romance for Henry, but can it last with him in Lancaster and his girl in Philadelphia? Or will he find someone right under his eyes, sometimes people are very blind, and is this person someone that is even available to him? People seem to be struggling to survive everywhere, and lots of people are on the move, and it seems those that ended up here, even for a little while were better off. Come and get a glimpse at a hard time in our country, an interesting read. I received this book through Net Galley and Barbour Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2016-04-04

Editorial Reviews

Newport tends to be a little too creative with her descriptions at times, but her characters are quirky and well defined. History buffs will enjoy this inspirational Depression-era novel.