I have heard a lot of good things about author Adina Senft. I am still becoming familiar with her writings, but I was delighted to have the opportunity to read one of her newest releases. Keys of Heaven, the second in Senft’s Healing Grace series, was worth the endeavor.
Keys of Heaven continues the journey of widow Sarah Yoder, who is unlocking the secrets of herbs and using them to help her community as a Dokterfraa, and her neighbor Henry Beiler, a potter with Amish roots, but has no intentions of ever joining the church. When both become involved in a young Englisch boy’s life, they are thrown into one another’s path, but both are facing personal challenges of their own.
I was given Keys of Heaven in exchange for my honest review. I thought it was a fantastic read; however, I do not think it should be read as a stand-alone, as there are too many references to Book One (Herb of Grace.) Needless to say, I have some catching up to do! Senft’s descriptions of pastoral scenes, Sarah’s herbs and Henry’s pottery are exquisite. I was definitely transported to another place while reading this. This looks to be a wonderful series and I eagerly await the summer release of Book Three, Balm of Gilead – there are many loose ends that I can’t wait to see how they are wrapped up!
Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!