The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars #1) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars #1)

A Brand-New 3-Book Series from New York Times Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter.What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day? Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle ha...

Details The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars #1)

TitleThe Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars #1)
Release DateAug 1st, 2018
PublisherShiloh Run Press
GenreAmish, Christian Fiction, Christian, Amish Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars #1)

  • Deanne Patterson
    Desperate times lead to desperate measures taken. At least they do in the case of Michelle. Facing homelessness and having an abusive boyfriend she flees her situation not quite knowing where she's going or where she'll eventually end up. At the transportation station she is mistaken for an elderly Amish couple's granddaughter. She tries to tell them at first it's not her that's the granddaughter but the grandmother is persistent and she can bare...
  • Susan
    The Hope JarWanda BrunstetterOh how I love a Wanda Brunstetter story! She had my emotions all over the place. Once I started reading THE HOPE JAR it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Michelle after living the big lie she had everyone believing! What an awesome story. All of Wanda's characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a rol...
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    This was by far Wanda's best book to date . My all time favorite book. I can not wait to read the next book in the series The Forgiving Jar.
  • Loraine
    Amish Fiction with a touch of romance.I am not a huge fan of Amish fiction as many of the books are very formulaic. But Brunstetter's book definitely puts a new twist on Amish fiction. Amish grandparents go to the bus station to pick up a granddaughter they have never met as their daughter left home during her rumspringa years and never returned. Now she has died leaving a letter for her daughter telling her about the grandparents. They pick up ...
  • Shirley Chapel
    This is one of the best books that Wanda Brunsetter has ever written as far as I'm concerned. It seemed so real to me and not like a work of fiction. The moral of the story is that lies and deception leads to more lies and deception. I was immediately drawn into the story. I felt so sorry for Michelle Taylor. She reached out for the love she never had even though it wasn't meant for her. Michelle Taylor was born into an abusive family and that's ...
  • Shelly
    Inspiring is the word I would use to describe this book. There is pain, fear, deceit, love, hope and triumph. This story is beautifully written and wonderfully executed. The Hope Jar weaves the tale of two young women who have experienced tragedy. Sara has lost her mother and Michelle has never really felt like a part of a family at all. Sara’s grandparents, who have been estranged from their deceased daughter, are looking forward to meeting an...
  • Maureen Timerman
    As I turned the final page on this book there was a letdown, I was really enjoying this quick read, and wanted more!There are a lot of unanswered questions here, and am glad that there is another book to come!I loved the concept of this story, really a bit different, and yet I could see how it happened. The author seemed to answer some questions, but were they really how all turned out? I really wanted to know more about their real granddaughter,...
  • Melissa Henderson
    A jar filled with notes and Scriptures can be the key to the growing faith of one of the main characters. Mistaken identity, deceit, forgiveness and love all play a big part in this heartwarming story. I enjoyed this one and look forward to reading more in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  • Patti
    This new book, The Hope Jar, ( first book in the series by Wanda Brunstetter) may just be one of the best books I have ever read! The series begins with a death and revelation that leads a character named Sara to plan to meet her grandparents she never knew she had. This sets up the ultimate deception when another character named Michelle assumes Sarah's identity. The plot is not your typical one and is masterfully written throughout the story. B...
  • Kristi
    Wanda E. Brunstetter is back with a new series and it's a bit different than anything I've ever read from her. The storyline is one that I found unique and interesting and definitely not the usual cookie-cutter type that can often be found in the genre. Nope. This book has a story that is unusual and at times had me wondering if I loved it or hated it.Basically based on a case of mistaken identity, down on her luck Michelle is whisked away to the...
  • Trixi
    A desperate young woman in hard times embarks on a path that she's filled with deception and lies. What she finds is unconditional love, the kind of family she's never had, and the first stirrings of faith. This blends both Amish and contemporary fiction together, unlike many Brunstetter books which are strictly Amish. I found this story to have quickly drawn me into the lives of Michelle, Willis & Mary Ruth Lapp, Ezekiel, Brad, and the Amish com...
  • Kristina
    The Hope Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the first novel in The Prayer Jars series. Sara Murray’s mother passed away two weeks ago without revealing the identity of her birth father. Sara is going through her mother’s Bible when she finds a letter telling her about her Amish maternal grandparents. Excited to find out more about her family and potentially her birth father, Sara writes to them about her impending visit. Mary Ruth and Willis Lapp...
  • Laura
    THE HOPE JAR is the first book in Ms. Brunstetter's new series. Ms. Brunstetter is a somewhat new author for me, and while I understand that some authors tend to lean heavily to the squeaky-clean, innocence of the Amish, I was not expecting this to be a question and answer book about the Amish and why they believe what they do and do what they do and how are they different. The story kind of gets lost in the telling and I struggled with the reali...
  • Marilyn
    “Life is full of choices. By choosing one direction, it takes us down a certain path, but a different direction would lead to another.” This thought from Mary Ruth Lapp is one of many that appeared in The Hope Jar, book one in The Prayer Jars series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. The Hope Jar is not the typical Amish fiction story; however, the realism in this story was captivating with the issues that the young women, Michelle Taylor and Sara Murr...
  • Pat
    Michelle is desperate to start anew and get away from her abusive boyfriend. When an Amish couple mistakes her for their granddaughter, she goes along.
  • Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber
    As you all know, I'm huge fan of Wanda Brunstetter. Not one of her books left me disappointed. So, to say I was excited about the start of this new series , is quite the understatement. The more I saw about it on Mrs. Brunstetter's pages, the more anxious for the release I became. Then when the book arrived, I couldn't wait to dive into it. And then......well, then I was in awe of Mrs. Brunstetter. Why? Because she has once again managed to take ...
  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    Wanda Brunstetter is one of those authors that I just know I am going to enjoy. Sometimes knowing how long she has been writing Amish fiction, I wonder how she keeps coming up with new stories that don't sound like the same old story. She keeps surprising me though. This new series is fantastic, and I cannot wait to see what comes next. First of all, I like how you start reading the book and think the story is going to be all about Sara. Surprise...
  • ⚜️Trea
    FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY. I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW! I've read several of this author's works, but I was so disappointed by this story! It didn't have a true ending, but continued on into the next book in the series, making it more of a seri...
  • Nyla
    New York Times Best Selling author Wanda Brunstetter has penned a new series entitles The Prayer Jars. Book One, The Hope Jar, is a delightful 311 pages that will transport readers between the modern Englisch world and modern Amish world. The book is much different than any other I have read by author Brunstetter. Her writing style hasn’t changed but the story and information given is. This book was extremely well thought, planned, and organize...
  • Nancee
    The Hope Jar is an excellent read for newcomers to Amish fiction and young adult readers. Much in depth information pertaining to the Amish way of life is explained throughout this story of an older Amish couple and the deception a family imposter portrayed. I was disappointed that the entire book was based on the lies and misrepresentation of a young woman who deceived the Lapps into thinking she was their granddaughter. The deception began some...
  • Cathy Morgan
    The Lapps' daughter disappeared from their home many years before, leaving nothing but a note. Now, a letter comes from a granddaughter they hadn't known they had, to tell them that she is dead, but that she left a letter for her daughter that told her about her previously unknown grandparents. This new granddaughter, Sara, also asks to come and visit, but the part of the letter that gives the date is dropped in a puddle and becomes almost illegi...
  • Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK The idea of a Hope Jar, or a Prayer Jar is a pretty neat idea! And Michelle finding it was good because that’s what she needed in her life at the time. I somehow find it unbelievable though how Michelle ended up with this Amish family. That grandparents would take a young lady in under those circumstances. And I was really irritated at Michelle for her actions and attitude. I did feel bad for the Lapps because they fell...
  • Susan F
    This is one of the more intense stories from Wanda Brunstetter that I have read. It really hit my emotions. I don't want to ruin the storyline so I'll just say my feelings were 'hit' with this story. I couldn't believe that a person could live a falsehood and totally immerse herself in someone else's life. Wow! At first I felt a little mixed up as I thought this was going to be Sara's story but it is really about Michelle. The introduction of an ...
  • Amy
    The Hope Jar is the first book from The Prayer Jars series. I thought this book was great. I was not sure about Michelle at first but she grew on me. I started wanting to root for her too see the love of God. There are a few twists I did not see coming towards the end. Which I like a story that is not predictable. I give The Hope Jar five plus stars. It is a beautiful story of hope, faith, inspiration, and the power of forgiveness. Highly recomme...
  • Elizabeth
    The Hope Jar ( The Prayer Jars #1 )By: Wanda E. BrunstetterThe Hope Jar is book one in a brand new series , The Prayer Jars, By Wanda E. Brunstetter. I enjoyed the story and it flows smoothly. The Characters are real like. Brunstetter writes of false identity , lies, love , and forgiveness. The Hope Jar is very different from some other Amish stories that I have read. There were several times i had tears in my eyes. A very heartwarming story. A y...
  • E. Maria Thomas
    The Hope Jar by Wanda Brunstetter is not your average amish book. There are many twists and situations from all angles. Willis & Mary Ruth Lapp are struggling with their wayward daughter that has left the Amish. After her death, her daughter Sara struggles with who her father is and sets out to discover what family she has. However, Michelle Taylor, who came from a very disfunctional family, leaves her abusive boyfriend and runs with no plan in m...
  • Pam Pavkov
    The Hope Jar is the first book in The Prayer Jars series written by Wanda Brunstetter. The author has deviated from usual story telling but this story is amazing. The storyline plays out smoothly and keeps the readers interest all the way to the last page. It is here where the reader is offered a cliffhanger which draws them to the next book. The author has also added a couple recipes which are used in the story.The characters have been well thou...
  • Lindsay
    Wanda does it once again with her latest book. Ever wonder what would happen if you mistaking though someone was your relative or grandchild by think that the person got the same hair color as your daughter?That person goes along with it by pretending to be someone they are not. Well, that is kinda what goes on in this book. Can you fault the person that was asked, if you are acting as that person even though you are not them?Well, the Lapps do t...
  • Sonnetta
    I love the premise of the story. One lie changed so many lives. Even though I understood Michelle's reasoning I found her to be selfish. It was about her needs and wants. She could not see past them to see the effects it would have on others. The other characters provided much insight into what it is like to be Amish. Their relationship with God was something I enjoyed reading about in this story. I was really hoping that the Hope Jar would be ex...