Book Review: The Healing Jar by Wanda Brunstetter

The Healing Jar

By: Wanda Brunstetter

About the Book:

  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (August 1, 2019)
  • Publication Date: July 15, 2019

What if you have waited to find love only to be rejected when it finally comes?

Lenore Lapp is an Amish schoolteacher in her late twenties still living at home with her parents and grandparents. She thought love had passed her by until she meets Jesse Smucker, a widower with a baby daughter. She quickly falls in love with them both and accepts Jesse’s proposal of marriage, but Jesse breaks off their engagement when he realizes he can’t marry only for convenience.

Resigned to living single, Lenore throws herself into caring for her elders. While working in her grandmother’s garden, she digs up an old jar. Will Lenore find healing for her broken heart and solve long-buried family secrets by reading the note contained inside?

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My Thoughts:

The Healing Jar is book three of The Prayer Jars series by Wanda Brunstetter. I enjoyed this book the most out of the series.

I strongly suggest reading the first two before reading this one, as everything finally comes to a resolution here in this book. It was nice to see these characters get some closure for the struggles they’ve faced, and it was fun to finally learn the writer of the notes in the prayer jars! The Healing Jar wraps up the lives of both Michelle and Sara, from books one and two, as well as sharing Lenore’s story. The Healing Jar is a tear-jerker as these characters endure much lose through-out the pages.

As a woman who has struggled with infertility, I could really relate to Michelle and her desire to have a child. There is a lot of set up before Lenore finds that last jar in the garden. While it’s mentioned in the description, this event takes place in the last quarter of the book. The character Jesse brought out both feelings of empathy and annoyance as he tried to get over his grief but also needs a mother to care for his baby and a housekeeper to clean up after him.

I recommend this book for lovers of Amish fiction.

About the Author:

Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of almost 90 books with more than 10 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.

Wanda’s fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda’s desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda’s novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda’s primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern “Englishers.” Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit:

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