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, Amish Fiction, Christian

Reviews The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars #1)

  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Patti Whitson Stephenson
    In “The Hope Jar”, Wanda Brunstetter has written a beautiful story of how a generation of deceit and despair can be turned to hope and a bright future when encountered by love and faith. The characters of Michelle and Sara are compelling. They both desperately need a family. Michelle goes about this in a deceitful way, and Sara’s fears hold her back from her true heritage. However, the heroes of this story are Willis and Mary Ruth. Their ex...
  • Anne Rightler
    The Hope Jar by much-loved author Wanda Brunstetter is the first book in her new series, The Prayer Jars. If the rest of the books in the series are as good as the first, this reader can't wait to read the next one. I loved the characters --strong, resilient, and realistic with a depth to their emotions, strengths, and foibles that readers will connect well with. Mary Ruth and Willis Lapp, trusting and compassionate. Michelle, deceitful and yet w...
  • Sunnie
    This book was the first in The Prayer Jars series. I really enjoyed the story of two young women, one a women from an unhappy home and an abusive relationship and the other raised by her formerly Amish mother and a step father. As Michelle steps into the role of Sara, somewhat unplanned, her life fills with one lie after another as she keeps the "real" Sara from contacting her grandparents. It's a pretty interesting book and I will be looking for...
  • Beverly Duell-Moore
    The Hope Jar is another awesome book written by Wanda Brunstetter.Sarah Murry has recently lost her mother to cancer. While going through some of her mother's things she comes across her Bible. It had a note in to Sarah. The tells her that she has grandparents that she never knew about and gives her the address. She writes to them telling them about her mother and that she would like to come and visit them.Michelle Taylor leaves her abusive boy f...
  • Keren Herrera-Lyles
    The Hope Jar. An amazing story well put together as always by Amish Author Wanda E. Brunstetter. This book from beginning to end captures you and embraces you with it's characters. With the right amount of Suspense, Mystery, Love, Family Bonding, Faith and Hope we are introduced to Michelle. Who growing up lacks the family bond, a place to fit in and the love she so desires to have. But when a mixed up at the bus station and an Old couple, Mr. an...
  • Mary Farley
    This was a different story by Wanda because there was English involved impersonating an Amish relative. It kept you wanting to keep reading to find out what was going to happen to this English character when she was found out. I am looking forward to reading book 2.
  • Peggy Clayton
    I jumped into this book as soon as I received it as I have loved Wanda's book before. This one was disappointing for me she spent too many pages of the book on one subject and so so little on another and then that was the end. This book is so different than her other books and I was disappointed with that she usually really blends her stories and this one was not enough for me. Wanda struck out at the plate with this one.
  • Tena Greear
    If you are a fan of Wanda Brunstetter then you will love this book. If you are not familiar with her this is a good book to start. I would have given The Hope Jar five stars except the dialogue sometimes wanders more toward young adult. Also some of the dialogue is repetitive. The story centers around two main characters and a case of mistaken identity. With strong biblical references Brunstetter invokes sympathy for both girls and frustration th...
  • Melissa
    Wanda Brunstetter has a way of writing which tends to draw the reader in. Her characters are well rounded and make the reader want to laugh, cry, and give a shout out to them. This story tells the tale of mistaken identity. When Michelle becomes homeless, she is mistaken by a caring Amish couple who think she is their granddaughter they have never met. Planning to only stay long enough to figure out her next move, Michelle comes to love the Lapps...
  • Becky Canfield
    This book is different than Wanda's other books and I definitely had trouble getting into it, but kept pushing through and enjoyed it. It did bring out the truth of what some people will do for the good of themselves, but also shows what can happen if you confess wrongdoing. Overall, I would recommend this book.