"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.