Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The memory jar review

"The Memory Jar" by Tricia Goyer is the story of an Amish girl, Sarah, living in a small community in Montana.  Sarah is a little weird (according to Amish ways) and has been living in a deep grief for her life-long best friend, Patty, who had died two years before.  Her neck of the woods is near a popular hunting grounds; where she meets Jathan, who is kind of a wimp.  He feels trapped to do whatever anybody tells him to do. He agrees to whatever his parents, brothers, society in general ask of him.   I never really liked him, which makes it hard to get into the love story part.  I was always rooting for Sarah's independence.  Patty and Sarah did have this tradition that I just loved.  The memory jars.  They would keep little momentos of special moments in jars.  Such a good idea.
As far as the book goes, it is well written, Sarah is a likable character, the Patty-Sarah storyline, is great.  Really takes me back.  But, I don't like Jathan, and the whole Amish line is very predictable.  The characters are more "Amish" than human.  Wish it could have been told in a more personal manner.  I received this e-book for free from www.edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com

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