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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Brightest and Best
  • Olivia Newport
  • 13 December 2019
  • 1628366338

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  1. Katrina Epperson Katrina Epperson says:

    Olivia Newport and Shiloh Run Press has released the third installment in the Amish Turns of Time series The setting for this story is Geauga County, Ohio in 1918 When this book arrived I thought it had a beautiful cover and the description about the story looked good I opened the book and was immediately swept away.Ms Newport introduces us to a community that is divided The war is winding down in Europe and this quiet community is getting ready to face a war at home between the Amish and t Olivia Newport and Shiloh Run Press has released the third installment in the Amish Turns of Time series The setting for this story is Geauga County, Ohio in 1918 When this book arrived I thought it had a beautiful cover and the description about the story looked good I opened the book and was immediately swept away.Ms Newport introduces us to a community that is divided The war is winding down in Europe and this quiet community is getting ready to face a war at home between the Amish and the English government This is a story about the separation of church and state The Amish have sent their children to a public school for years, but has had input in what was taught to their children Unfortunately Ms Coates, the school teacher, has called a meeting about the dilapidated conditions of their school house when the unthinkable happened, one of the walls collapsed The superintendent and school board have decided to not rebuild the school, but bus the children from outlying areas to the school located in town The Amish people are distressed that their children are not exempt from the rules and regulations handed down from the board Not only will their children be exposed to the English world with no control, but they must also attend school until the age of 16 They are a peaceable community and look for ways to work through their differences When no resolution is forthcoming they do what they think is best for their children.I was drawn to the character of Margaret Simpson She is a teacher at the consolidated school and seeks to understand the differences between the Amish and the English community She is a true peacemaker, but sees trouble as the result of her actions of trying to do the right thing I really enjoyed this story.I was drawn in immediately to the plot line and the characters It was like watching a good movie in that it was hard to stop or put down I would recommend it to anyone who loves Amish stories or a good historical story I received this story from the publisher for a honest opinion without bias or outside influence as stated above


  2. Tina Watson Tina Watson says:

    Go back in time in Brightest and Best to 1918 to the county of Geauge in Seabury in the state of Ohio, where Seabury School District runs both Amish and English schools in the surrounding area.Nora Coates, English school teacher at the one room schoolhouse in rural area of Seabury, called a meeting with the English and Amish representatives of the parents committee to inspect the one room schoolhouse of the needed repairs and to have these desperate repairs done for the start of school in Sept Go back in time in Brightest and Best to 1918 to the county of Geauge in Seabury in the state of Ohio, where Seabury School District runs both Amish and English schools in the surrounding area.Nora Coates, English school teacher at the one room schoolhouse in rural area of Seabury, called a meeting with the English and Amish representatives of the parents committee to inspect the one room schoolhouse of the needed repairs and to have these desperate repairs done for the start of school in September.During the meeting, the one room schoolhouse suffersrepairs when the roof collapses inward.With the one room schoolhouse unsafe, it sealed the determination in the superintendent s mind to close the one room schoolhouse and add all of the Amish and English children to Seabury Consolidated Grade School, with enforcing English laws onto the Amish families.With changes being enforced, what will the Amish families do I am loving this story I had know idea or never thought of the Amish having trouble with starting their own school back in the day I love when I read a book and the author s writing details takes and makes me feel like I am apart to the story.Thank you, Olivia Newport, for bring this story to light even if it is fictional Find me someuntold stories, I d love to read them.I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review No money was exchanged This is my honest review in my own words


  3. Rhonda Rhonda says:

    If it isn t bad enough that the Amish have a one room schoolhouse in desperate need of repair and the schoolteacher is marrying which means that a new teacher must be secured quickly, the entire roof collapses on the Parent Committee as they examine the school to determine what repairs must be made I love that the author, Olivia Newport, has researched the struggle the Amish experienced in seeking their religious freedoms in educating their children and used it as a theme for this book in the s If it isn t bad enough that the Amish have a one room schoolhouse in desperate need of repair and the schoolteacher is marrying which means that a new teacher must be secured quickly, the entire roof collapses on the Parent Committee as they examine the school to determine what repairs must be made I love that the author, Olivia Newport, has researched the struggle the Amish experienced in seeking their religious freedoms in educating their children and used it as a theme for this book in the series It reminded me a great deal of my own grandmother, who was born in 1901 and was only allowed to attend school through the eighth grade as only rich children could afford to go to one of the regional boarding high schools in Virginia She wanted to go to school so badly that she was allowed to attend the eighth grade twice so that she would not have to quit that year Some of the Amish young people in this story have a great desire to learn, even though their parents have plans for them to remain at home after 8th grade to learn the trades of the parents or become homemakers in the case of the young girls This book truly took me back in time to another period and certainly a trying one for many, Amish and English I worked as a public schoolteacher for 14 years and wonder if students today truly appreciate the opportunities for learning they have in our public schools I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers of both Amish and historical fiction I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review


  4. Kristi Kristi says:

    I must say after reading the previous book in this series and not really enjoying it I wasn t sure if I would like this book I tried to keep an open mind as I began reading I was pleasantly surprised to find I really enjoyed this story This story takes place in 1918 Ohio It tells the story of the Amish who fought the authorities to keep their children from going to the consolidated public schools While not strictly based on the actual events of the real case the author did her research and I must say after reading the previous book in this series and not really enjoying it I wasn t sure if I would like this book I tried to keep an open mind as I began reading I was pleasantly surprised to find I really enjoyed this story This story takes place in 1918 Ohio It tells the story of the Amish who fought the authorities to keep their children from going to the consolidated public schools While not strictly based on the actual events of the real case the author did her research and used facts that make the story genuine and real.Through the author s storytelling, it was easy to understand why the Amish felt the way they did The author made it easy to feel the emotions of the characters, especially the tension between the two groups The story had a good flow and it was easy to stay interested in the story.I liked the characters in the book but especially liked Margaret Simpson, the teacher who was given the task of trying to get the Amish to send their children to school She was easy to like and I think that I liked herandthrough the book as she tried to understand the way the Amish felt This book would be a good read for anyone who likes Amish fiction and those who like a bit different story I also think fans of fiction based on historical events would enjoy this book I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions


  5. Dianne Dianne says:

    If you have not read the other books in this series, I think you will be like me and feel lost at sea I have never read this author before and I am quite sorry that I didn t know enough to trust that I wouldn t need to read the first books in this series It has been said that this is a less heavy read than the othersthat does not bode well for me and my tastes This was a very interesting historical novel set in 1918 that dealt with the separation of church and state To call this a romance If you have not read the other books in this series, I think you will be like me and feel lost at sea I have never read this author before and I am quite sorry that I didn t know enough to trust that I wouldn t need to read the first books in this series It has been said that this is a less heavy read than the othersthat does not bode well for me and my tastes This was a very interesting historical novel set in 1918 that dealt with the separation of church and state To call this a romance would be a bit of a mistake There really was none That must have been done in the past novels What this was about was how the state decided that the Amish children be integrated or consolidated into a school that would teach the Amish childrenabout the English the than the church wants them to know and to force them to go to school well past the eight grade which is the norm for the Amish.There are several secondary and tertiary story lines going on throughout this book I felt that this was a good book for knowledge and learning about what the Amish went through to gain respect for their religion However, the novel felt overly long to me with a lot of repetition, and I had to struggle to stay interested in it ARC supplied by publisher


  6. Kim Kim says:

    This was a wonderful, touching, completely fascinating story I don t know why I have taken such a long break in my reading of books written by Olivia Newport I absolutely love her writing style, and this story is so compelling Mrs Newport knows how to get the feelings of the characters across and help you see through their eyes, the situations they are facing and the complications that affect them Every character in this book is so real and plausible, except for two brothers who are pretty This was a wonderful, touching, completely fascinating story I don t know why I have taken such a long break in my reading of books written by Olivia Newport I absolutely love her writing style, and this story is so compelling Mrs Newport knows how to get the feelings of the characters across and help you see through their eyes, the situations they are facing and the complications that affect them Every character in this book is so real and plausible, except for two brothers who are pretty minor well one of them is a step above minor but the less important brother has a plot line which I felt was distracting and not that important to the overall storyotherwise this would have gotten a five star rating, for sure This felt like it was based on actual events about real people, and the author s note at the end explains that it is a combination and compression of many actual events and situations which were not completely resolved until the Supreme Court ruling in 1972 However, knowing that these characters are, in fact, very much fictional and made up from the author s mind, somehow makes me love them even , especially the English school teacher, Margaret, who completely embodies the attitudes of a truly dedicated teacher, and sacrifices much to do the right thing This is one of those stories which will stick with you for a long time


  7. Kate Kate says:

    I like how the premise of this entire series is that the author takes pivotal moments in Amish history, and then creates a story to showcase those moments This book was about the struggle Amish people had against local government authorities who decided that all children, Amish or not, needed to be educated a particular way.I ve read stories that have discussed this dilemma previously, but I had an epiphany during this one I owe the ability I had to home educate my son to those struggles that I like how the premise of this entire series is that the author takes pivotal moments in Amish history, and then creates a story to showcase those moments This book was about the struggle Amish people had against local government authorities who decided that all children, Amish or not, needed to be educated a particular way.I ve read stories that have discussed this dilemma previously, but I had an epiphany during this one I owe the ability I had to home educate my son to those struggles that the Amish had Really, they were fighting for a right to educate their children as they saw fitjust as home educating families choose to do So, thank you to the Amish people who chose to put the needs of their children before the desires of the government.Back to the story itselfI liked how there were 4 characters whose point of view we got to see When we re allowed to see multiple viewpoints, if it s written well as this was , we get a broader picture of what s going on I think that added so much to the story I really felt solidarity with what Ella, Gideon, James, and Margaret were trying to accomplish, and though the ending wasn t what I had anticipated would happen, I do feel like the choice made was in character for the person who made it


  8. Wendy Wendy says:

    BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB copied from .com The collapse of a schoolhouse puts pressure on Amish families and their long held educational values Ella Hilty anticipates marrying Gideon Wittner and becoming a mother to his children In a whirling clash of values, Ella seeks the solid ground that seems to have slipped away Margaret Simpson, an English schoolteacher, wonders if she is losing her last chance a love As the local authorities draw lines in the sand, Margaret puts romance at risk on BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB copied from .com The collapse of a schoolhouse puts pressure on Amish families and their long held educational values Ella Hilty anticipates marrying Gideon Wittner and becoming a mother to his children In a whirling clash of values, Ella seeks the solid ground that seems to have slipped away Margaret Simpson, an English schoolteacher, wonders if she is losing her last chance a love As the local authorities draw lines in the sand, Margaret puts romance at risk one final time All eyes turn to Ella to make a sacrifice and accept a challenge that can bring unity to the Amish and understanding to the English.MY REVIEWIf you like stories about people putting their lives on hold for the benefit of others you will enjoy this book Olivia does a great job of writing and keeping you glued to the story she is telling I have enjoyed the first three books in this series and there are twowaiting for me to read


  9. Janka H. Janka H. says:

    1918 Amish communities in Ohio need to deal with the separation of church and state, concerning the educational rights And females, both Amish and Englisch, need to decide of they are hearing the right calling, if theu truly believe what they believe and if they are willing to sacrifice for it.This novel deals with important issues and some of them are important nowadays, too I also recognize the warmness of the authoress s voice and strong female centric presence While I agree with the i 1918 Amish communities in Ohio need to deal with the separation of church and state, concerning the educational rights And females, both Amish and Englisch, need to decide of they are hearing the right calling, if theu truly believe what they believe and if they are willing to sacrifice for it.This novel deals with important issues and some of them are important nowadays, too I also recognize the warmness of the authoress s voice and strong female centric presence While I agree with the importance of the topic, unfortunately I was not able to relate to this novel personally probably because I am most interested in different parts of the human psyche


  10. Rosemarie Rosemarie says:

    This was a very interesting story about the Amish fighting for the right to educate their children according to their religious beliefs Based on historical facts, the novel culls many incidents into one continuous story line I never really thought about the battles the Amish have fought to maintain the integrity of their children s education Olivia Newport created a wonderful story with great historical background.


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About the Author: Olivia Newport

Hello I m imagining you You walk past as I water my front flowerbeds and we wave You check the time as we both stand in a long line at the grocery store You sit in front of me in church I m at my table in the coffee shop and you re at yoursWe may smile politely and move on with our separate lives Or one of us may speak, a simple invitation to conversation, and the words flow between usHere the adventure begins When we Brightest and PDF or meet someone new, we never know where it might leadI ve been married for nearly years and have two adult kids and a son in law We live in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where the day lilies in my back yard grow as tall as I am No short jokes, please Not every piece of my life is pretty, though Some days I want to throw out whole chunks But I am living each day looking for the grace of God to me, in me, and through me Having your companionship along the way will help uncover a lot of great stories.