Upon A Spring Breeze by Kelly IrvinUpon A Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin

Upon A Spring Breeze

byKelly Irvin

Paperback | March 28, 2017

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After a devastating winter, a spring breeze promises more than new flowers.… It promises a new chance at love.

Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann, Caleb, one minute, and the next she’s burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.

Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb’s death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy’s beautiful mother as well.

When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy and the possibility of love?

About The Author

  Kelly Irvin is the author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeeper's Son received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, who called it “a delicately woven masterpiece.” A former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional, Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvi...
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Title:Upon A Spring BreezeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310348056

ISBN - 13:9780310348054

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from God is there, even in our darkest moments. Life is full of unexpected moments. Some moments will fill your heart with joy while others will bring you to your knees in grief. “Upon a Spring Breeze” reminds us how one moment can change a life forever. “Upon a Spring Breeze” by Kelly Irwin is the first book in “An Every Amish Season Novel” series.It tells the story of Bess Weaver, a young woman who has her whole life ahead of her. She has been married to Caleb for a year and is now pregnant with their first child when tragedy strikes. Caleb has been killed while running an errand for his best friend, Aiden Graber. Aiden feels tremendous guilt over his friends death. As he spends time with his friends young son he finds himself drawn ever closer to Bess. When a group of widows in her Amish community take Bess under their wing, she begins to wonder if God has a beautiful future for her after all. Will she find joy and love again? The author shares with us a verse of scripture, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33. It reminds us life won’t always be easy but we can find peace. We must put our faith and trust in God, even in our darkest moments He is there guiding us through. The author has included a Deutsch Vocabulary to help you as you read along. The author has also included a list of discussion questions at the end of the book. Each question will make you think about how God works in our lives. “Upon a Spring Breeze” is a book of triumph over tragedy and how God is always there caring for us and guiding us even in our darkest moments. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of "Upon a Spring Breeze" in from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from First book in a new Amish series! Upon A Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin is first book in An Every Amish Season Novel series. Bess Weaver is twenty years old and has been married for a year to Caleb. Bess is pregnant with their first child. They have been living with Caleb’s parents while Caleb builds their home. Bess is waiting for Caleb to return home after spending the day helping his best friend, Aidan Graber. Bess hears the door and expects Caleb to come walking through it. Instead, it is Aidan with a troubled, distraught expression on his face. A truck hit Caleb’s buggy on the slick roads and Caleb died in Aidan’s arms. Bess cannot believe she lost her husband so soon and is struck down with grief. Bess’ parents arrive from Haven, Kansas for the funeral. They want Bess to return with them, but Bess does not wish to leave Jamesport, Missouri. Aidan feels that the accident is his fault because Caleb had run an errand for him. Aidan cares for Bess (has for many years), and he promised Caleb he would watch out for her. Bess gives birth to a boy that she names Joshua. Weeks later Bess is at the local nursery purchasing flowers when she meets Dusty Lake. He is a friendly, knowledgeable employee, and he actually makes Bess laugh (first time since Caleb’s death). Bess decides to get a job. A few days later, Bess is applying for a position at the Heartland Bed and Breakfast. The new owners are Minerva and Gavin Lake, Dusty’s parents. But some people do not approve of Bess’ job or her new friend. Bess’ fate is no longer her own thanks to Bishop Freeman. Bess will be leaving town unless someone finds a good reason for her to stay in Jamesport! Upon A Spring Breeze is nicely written, has a good pace, and a good storyline. The religious aspect is light to medium. Emphasis is placed on having faith and the power of prayer. The setting of Jamesport, Missouri sounds lovely, and I did appreciate the main characters (especially Bess). I could understand Bess’ grief having lost my own father recently. The overwhelming feeling of grief does not go away overnight. On top of that, Bess had a new and very fussy baby. Her hormones and emotions are all over the place. I felt that her family and friends should have been more understanding and patient (instead of critical). I give Upon a Spring Breeze 3 out of 5 stars. I had trouble with the male authority figures in the story. I could never live in such a male dominated society. I could not believe that Bess did not get to decide the fate of the farmland she owned with Caleb. When she made a male friend, it was considered inappropriate. She was forced to give up her job (a woman’s place is in the home and not near eligible Englisch men). I could not believe that the Bishop wrote to her father regarding her “behavior” (Bess is a widow with a child). The Bishop would not allow Aidan to accept the government assistance allowed for the loss of his chickens. How is he supposed to restart his business? I cannot help but wonder if this is how it truly is in the Amish culture. I sincerely hope not (can you tell this book riled me up). The ending was sweet, but it was expected. I did not enjoy Upon A Spring Breeze as much as other books I have read by Kelly Irvin.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What Is Normal For over a third of this book I could feel my heart in my throat, this poor girl, and whom does she live with, her deceased husbands family. The story is about Bess Weaver coming to terms with her lot in life, does she make all the right decisions, of course not, but she is human, and you would not want to walk in her shoes. This a story of her journey to a semblance of a normal life, of course what is normal for one may not be for another, but we walk in her shoes. I loved the little one, and he sure is a hit for the whole family, and yes they enable and then disable her, but we are also struggling with faith here, and forgiveness. I loved this community and how they just seemed to know when a member needed help, and of course they are there. There is also a bit of romance, where one has been in love with the other almost all of their life, even when they married another. Come and get lost in a warm hearted Amish story! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from updated review ~ resurfacing after a raw loss Monday, April 17, 2017 Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin, © 2017 Every Amish Season, Book 1 Such a beautiful visual cover! Ready to open up and begin reading... I so enjoyed the Amish of Bee County series by this author and am ready for this new series that will contain F*O*U*R novels. We will be meeting the Weaver and Graber families featured in Jamesport, Missouri. ~* In Upon a Spring Breeze, the first book in my new Amish romance series, Every Amish Season, Bess Weaver’s first step in healing after tragedy is to visit a nursery, pick out her favorite flowers, take them home, and plant them. Here’s a snippet from the nursery scene: “Take these.” He shoved a tray of golden yellow marigolds along with another of pink impatiens onto the cart. “Oh, and these. You’ll need to balance out the colors.” “Zinneas in pinks, yellows, and fuchsia. A cornucopia of color. Somehow she felt better already, and not a single flower had graced Mattie’s garden. “Thank you.” Watching new life sprout in the spring reminds Bess that her life isn’t over. This is a season of change in her life, just as it is in ours. Sometimes flowers are the best medicine. --author Kelly Irvin ~ flowers *~ Blue Morning Glories, Four O'Clocks, and White Moon Flowers are some of my favorites ~ the beginning and ending of a day. Bess Weaver has received therapeutic value from her plantings. A young widow with her newborn son, Bess strives to find her place in her new life, so different from what she had expected in continuation of each day. I was glad Bess had a listening ear by those near her. Women in her community come alongside and are such a benefit for her. I especially liked Mary Katherine Ropp, an older widow who lovingly nurtured Bess, gathering her in with Jennie Troyer and Laura Kauffman, befriending her when they could understand the most. They wisely love her by example rather than telling, for each one must experience a resurfacing after a raw loss and new directions. Moms can remember what it was like with your first child ~ uncertain of what you were to do and others seemed to do it so easily. Bess does not want to become a burden and seeks employment to help with daily needs within her extended family. Post-partum depression and feelings of inadequacy, Bess relies on skills she does have. Spring is in the air and the Purple Martins have come to nest. A reminder that life continues and you can rely on growth and the cycle of seasons renewing. This story is portrayed in a realistic way surviving the best way she knew ~ by trying to find herself separate from what she had known. I am looking forward to reading the continuing stories of these families. ***Thank you author Kelly Irvin for having a print copy sent to me from the publisher. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from resurfacing after a raw loss Monday, April 17, 2017 Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin, © 2017 Every Amish Season, Book 1 Such a beautiful visual cover! Ready to open up and begin reading... I so enjoyed the Amish of Bee County series by this author and am ready for this new series that will contain F*O*U*R novels. We will be meeting the Weaver and Graber families featured in Jamesport, Missouri. ~* In Upon a Spring Breeze, the first book in my new Amish romance series, Every Amish Season, Bess Weaver’s first step in healing after tragedy is to visit a nursery, pick out her favorite flowers, take them home, and plant them. Here’s a snippet from the nursery scene: “Take these.” He shoved a tray of golden yellow marigolds along with another of pink impatiens onto the cart. “Oh, and these. You’ll need to balance out the colors.” “Zinneas in pinks, yellows, and fuchsia. A cornucopia of color. Somehow she felt better already, and not a single flower had graced Mattie’s garden. “Thank you.” Watching new life sprout in the spring reminds Bess that her life isn’t over. This is a season of change in her life, just as it is in ours. Sometimes flowers are the best medicine. --author Kelly Irvin ~ flowers *~ Blue Morning Glories, Four O'Clocks, and White Moon Flowers are some of my favorites ~ the beginning and ending of a day. Bess Weaver has received therapeutic value from her plantings. A young widow with her newborn son, Bess strives to find her place in her new life, so different from what she had expected in continuation of each day. I was glad Bess had a listening ear by those near her. Women in her community come alongside and are such a benefit for her. I especially liked Mary Katherine Ropp, an older widow who lovingly nurtured Beth, gathering her in with Jennie Troyer and Laura Kauffman, befriending her when they could understand the most. They wisely love her by example rather than telling, for each one must experience a resurfacing after a raw loss and new directions. Moms can remember what it was like with your first child ~ uncertain of what you were to do and others seemed to do it so easily. Beth does not want to become a burden and seeks employment to help with daily needs within her extended family. Post-partum depression and feelings of inadequacy, Beth relies on skills she does have. Spring is in the air and the Purple Martins have come to nest. A reminder that life continues and you can rely on growth and the cycle of seasons renewing. This story is portrayed in a realistic way surviving the best way she knew ~ by trying to find herself separate from what she had known. I am looking forward to reading the continuing stories of these families. ***Thank you author Kelly Irvin for having a print copy sent to me from the publisher. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Date published: 2017-04-18

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"A moving and compelling tale about the power of grace and forgiveness that reminds us how we become strongest in our most broken moments."