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As young girls, three Amish sisters were separated and told nothing about each other.  When the long-held secret of their parentage came to light many years later, two of the grown women reconnected.  Now they reach out to the third… Susanna Bitler’s life is in complete turmoil. Still reeling from the death of her mother, she is further disheartened when her business partnAs young girls, three Amish sisters were separated and told nothing about each other.  When the long-held secret of their parentage came to light many years later, two of the grown women reconnected.  Now they reach out to the third… Susanna Bitler’s life is in complete turmoil. Still reeling from the death of her mother, she is further disheartened when her business partner hints that she is going to quit the gift shop they run together in a town near Pleasant Valley. But the biggest revelation is yet to come. Grateful for their own hard-won relationship, Lydia Beachy and Chloe Wentworth are eager to reveal themselves to Susanna as her long-lost sisters.  But their news utterly distresses Susanna, who is heartbroken to learn that the woman she’s been mourning was not actually her mother.  Despite Lydia and Chloe’s best efforts to make amends, Susanna resolves to keep them at arm’s length. It may take a force of nature to sweep away her fears.  Will that storm demolish all that the three women most value…or unite them in bonds of deep and abiding affection?...

Title : Susanna's Dream
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ISBN : 9780425253755
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Susanna's Dream Reviews

  • Jen.
    2018-11-27 07:23

    Very enjoyable! Solid characters and great storylines!

  • Debbie Lester
    2018-12-06 07:36

    Author Marta Perry takes readers back to Pleasant Valley with her latest book in the Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley series, Susanna's Dream. Amish fiction enthusiasts will love this story about three sisters separated at birth. This story touches on the many emotions that accompany grief and how a person can deal with many struggles at one time. The simple and poignant style of Marta Perry carries this novel and will sweep readers up in this intriguing tale of the love of family and the ties that bind. What I liked:This was my first experience with Marta Perry's writing and I found that it was much like the Amish themselves, simplistic in nature, but heartfelt and engaging. The popularity of this style of fiction is amazing. There are so many readers who interesting in the Amish and their lifestyle and Perry does such a wonderful job of showing the Amish in a favorable and beautiful light. Bringing out the good and the bad and how the Amish cope with life in today's world.The overall theme for this series was definitely unusual. Three sisters separated but living near each other. All Amish and all very different. I thought the plot of Susanna's Dream was original and realistic. Perry draws on the underlying theme of grief as well. Susanna, has just lost the only mother she has ever known, when she finds out that she wasn't really her mother at all. What a shattering experience that would be and readers are immediately drawn to this young woman who should be happy that she has two new sisters but isn't. Susanna was a great character. She has so much being thrown at her at one time. Her partner in the gift shop she runs is considering pulling out. She loses her mother. She has two new sisters who want to have this strange new relationship. She is completely at loose ends. It would be overwhelming for anyone, yet she exudes a quiet strength. She relies on her faith to see her threw and she begins to eventually see past her grief and grows to understand her circumstances and her sisters. Perry does such a remarkable job with this character. She is fresh and realistic. She doesn't just leap for joy and rush head long into a new family. That was very believable and real. I read this book in one sitting. It's engaging and easily draws the reader in. It isn't too long, but it doesn't have a lot of frills and fluffy writing that is unnecessary either. It gets to the heart of the matter and expresses the story concisely, and in a very simple manner which is refreshing and shows a lot of clarity. I enjoyed it very much and I think readers who love Amish fiction will as well.What I didn't like:I understood the reason the author kept Susanna and her sisters at arms length. It helped to enhance Susanna's character and provided the conflict necessary for the story, however, I do think it went on a bit too long for my tastes. I suppose I wanted something to happen earlier on that would draw the sisters together. It is most likely just a personal thing and certainly not a deal breaker.Bottom Line:This is a very sweet and heartfelt story of three women who learn a long held secret that changes each of their lives forever. Susanna is real and believable and her grief at the loss of her mother is palpable. Perry writes a poignant and beautiful portrait of the Amish and their lifestyle. A very enjoyable novel.

  • Emma
    2018-11-27 07:16

    marta perry susanna's dreamAs young girls, three Amish sisters were separated and told nothing about each other. When the long-held secret of their parentage came to light many years later, two of the grown women reconnected. Now they reach out to the third…Susanna Bitler’s life is in complete turmoil. Still reeling from the death of her mother, she is further disheartened when her business partner hints that she is going to quit the gift shop they run together in a town near Pleasant Valley. But the biggest revelation is yet to come.Grateful for their own hard-won relationship, Lydia Beachy and Chloe Wentworth are eager to reveal themselves to Susanna as her long-lost sisters. But their news utterly distresses Susanna, who is heartbroken to learn that the woman she’s been mourning was not actually her mother. Despite Lydia and Chloe’s best efforts to make amends, Susanna resolves to keep them at arm’s length. It may take a force of nature to sweep away her fears. Will that storm demolish all that the three women most value…or unite them in bonds of deep and abiding affection?I highly recommend reading this book. marta perry susanna's dream is wonderful well written 5 stars book. I look forward to reading more book by her .Lydia's Hope: The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley, Book One The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley, Book Twothe forgiven oct. 2014 keepers of the promise ew seriesDark

  • Barb Klein
    2018-11-18 05:10

    I am a fan of novelist, Marta Perry. I have read many of her novels and just recently enjoyed "Susanna’s Dream", the second book in the Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley series. I enjoy Ms. Perry’s books because her writing is so believable. She has the ability to make the reader feel what the characters are feeling and thinking. That is truly a gift.Susanna Bitler has led a difficult life because of an injury that she believes keeps her from enjoying all that a young woman should. She has committed herself to her shop and seeks her fulfillment from that. Her partner in the business is an older woman whose son owns the shop itself and the bulk foods shop where most of the area residents shop. As his mother is getting older, he thinks that she should give up the shop. This leaves Susanna in a difficult position because she would have to buy her partner out, and her funds are non-existent. Added to the mix is the reality that Susanna is not really who she thinks she is.Ms. Perry delights in providing plenty of situations that feed off each other and characters who are deeply intertwined. I enjoyed this book very much and will be looking for the rest of the books in the series.I received a free print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own. You can find this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-b0.

  • The Reading Panda
    2018-11-27 10:14

    I enjoyed Lydia's Hope more than this book, but Susanna's Dream was still great. Perry has a nuanced way of dealing with conflict betweenn sisters. Lydia and Chloe have already cemented their relationship, and now Susanna is being included in the fold. She was reluctant and didn't jump for joy. I found that so believable. I cannot imagine discovering a lie so big. I thought it was great story telling that Susanna gradually became more accepting because of the turmoil the storm braught with it. Adversities bring people together. Susanna, like her sisters, was written very well. She's quiet and shy but also strong willed and dependable. I loved how she was self-conscious about her limp, but that she didn't allow it to affect her dreams. I also loved Nate. He seemed bossy, but who can dislike someone who loves his mom so much? His love for Susanna was sweet and heart-felt. I loved seeing them come together. What I disliked was Seth and Chloe. A substantial portion of the story was dedicated to their romance. As I stated in the previous review, I dislike Seth. Needless to say, I did not enjoy the sections dedicted to the two. Seth was still just as pushy and ununderstanding. He expected Chloe to be at peace with her Amish roots when he was still conflicted with his feelings of belonging. Regardless of Seth ruining the story, I loved the book. A must read for all Amish book lovers.

  • Maryann Skaritka
    2018-11-15 07:33

    Three sisters who were separated due to the tragic death of their parents discover the strong ties of love and family when they are reunited.This book is the second in the series but reads well as a stand alone. Susanna Bitler is the main character. She has been raised by an Amish family, the only one she has known as her parents. She enjoys being part owner of a craft shop, Plain Gifts, with Dora Gaus.Susanna meets her sister Lydia who was also raised Amish and brother in law Adam along with her sweet nephews Daniel and David. Lydia is sweet and has a motherly type personality. She is always warm and welcomng to her sisters. She also bonds with her younger sister Chloe who was raised English by her wealthy English grandmother Margaret Wentworth in Philadelphia. Chloe is strong, opinionated and speaks her mind. She has a spunky yet sweet personality.The story centers around a flood that hits the local area and people all band together to help those in need, both Englisch and Amish. Nate, a local Amish store owner, who is Dora's son, is willing to lend a hand along with Seth who's family owns a local farm. Relationships develop when Susanna and Nate and Seth and Chloe discover their true feelings for each other. This is a sweet Amish romance that shows the bonds of love, family, and friendship.

  • Erin
    2018-11-29 09:25

    Susanna works in a handmade gift shop. Since her mother and father passed away, this is the one thing that has kept her going. She shares ownership with Dora. When Dora's son approaches Susanna about telling her she should get Dora to quit because she is getting older and should retire, Susanna gets defensive. She begins to lose hope when she discovers there is no way she could buy out Dora's half of the store, and she risks losing it. But things are just beginning...Lydia Beachy and Chloe Wentworth can't wait to reveal to Susanna that they are her long-lost sisters. This news overwhelms Susanna. She can't understand why her parents would hide something like this from her. As Susanna starts to sort through her feelings, a storm hits and floods the town. When being faced with losing everything, can Susanna begin to create a bond with her sisters?This book was a fun read. Susanna is a very caring woman who doesn't think much of herself. I enjoyed seeing Susanna grown throughout the book and learn her self-worth. I like Nate, who at first seems very rude and selfish, but ends up being a very caring and hard-working man. This was the first book I have read from this author, and would be interested to read more.I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  • My Book Addiction and More MBA
    2018-11-19 11:38

    SUSANNA'S DREAM by Marta Perry is a delightful Inspirational Fiction set in Pleasant Valley, PA. #2 in "The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Vally", but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading Book 1 also. See, "Lydia's Hope"."As Young girls, three Amish sisters were separated and told nothing about one another. When the long-held secret of their parentage came to light many years later. Two of the grown women reconnected. Now they reach out to the third."This is Susanna Bitler's story. Her life is in turmoil, a long held family secret is about to be revealed that could destroy her, two sisters-she didn't know she had, is about to reveal themselves,the woman she thought and mourns for, she is soon to learn, is not her biological Mother. A heart wrenching tale, that will stay with you long after the last page, but a very compelling and loving tale of the bond between sisters. An Amish lovers dream. A very enjoyable read. I would recommend to Amish lovers, and anyone who enjoys a sweet, tale that could either destroy one sister, or bring them all together.First, Susanna must face her own fears. Loved it! Well done!! Received for an honest review.RATING: 4.5HEAT RATING: SWEETREVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

  • Wall-to-wall books - wendy
    2018-11-24 08:14

    I really liked this story a lot! This is the second book in the series. I felt like it was ok to start with the second book but really did feel like I should have read the first so I would know what was going on instead of playing catch-up - my bad. The author did a great job though, keeping those of us "second bookers" up to date.There were great descriptions in this book! Our second home is in PA and I know of the Susquehanna floodings, it was devastating! I saw first hand. A couple years ago it was flooded so bad whole homes (whole towns!) were under water. People and business' lost everything. My husband, daughter and I drove around and I just had tears in my eyes, and I didn't even know those people. It was so sad.I don't believe I had ever read a book about a flood especially one that was real.The character development was good, but... I do think there were almost a few too many to keep track of. Again I kinda wanted a list. Again, probably reading the first book would have helped. But I did get to know the main ones. And I honestly liked them all!If you love Amish fiction with a touch of modern history you will really love this one!This was my first by Marta Perry, but I am SURE it won't be my last!

  • Gail
    2018-11-19 03:15

    I loved reading this story & loved whole series, too!!! Susanna's Dream as I read could picture in my mind what was happening. There was good & bad times during this story. I am happy how the story ended!!! The three sisters Lydia Beechy (Amish), Chloe Wentworth( English ) & Susanna Bitler ( Amish) were united, it wasn't easy at first finding out she had sisters. There were times during this story they needed each other for one reason or another. Susanna Bitler loved the store Plain Gifts she had with Dora Gaus, but her son Nate ( Nathaniel) Gaus said his mom needed to slow down due to age & health problems. Susanna & Nate didn't start off with agreeing with everything, but as they story went on they things started to happen between them. You'll have to read how this story ended. I gave 5 stars, because Marta Perry wrote this book as well as others in this series when reading you had to keep reading to find out what was gonna happen!!! I recommend this book!!!

  • Larisha
    2018-11-24 08:38

    Marta Perry does a fantastic job of interweaving story lines from the first book with this one and a new-to-the-series reader won't have trouble jumping right into Susanna's story. An inspiring account of sisters separated at birth finding their way to relationship in adulthood. Susanna is shocked to discover that she has two sisters. Hurt and confused that her parents kept the devastating lie right to their deaths. Still reeling from the loss of her mother, she's thrust headlong into a battery of emotional turmoil as she struggles to get her bearings. Sparring with a 'helpful' Amish widower just adds to the chaos circling around her. And then, for good measure, Perry throws in a few dire circumstances beyond anyone's control to keep this plot at a decent pace that draws you into the characters lives.

  • Kav
    2018-11-23 06:30

    While a sequel to Lydia's Hope, this reads wonderfully well as a standalone. Perry does a fantastic job of meshing story lines from the first book with this one and a new-to-the-series reader won't have any trouble jumping right into Susanna's story. And what a story it is! A powerful and inspiring account of sisters separated at birth finding their way to relationship in adulthood. Susanna is shocked to discover that she has two sisters. Hurt and confused that her parents kept the devastating lie right to their deaths. Still reeling from the loss of her mother, she's thrust headlong into a battery of emotional turmoil as she struggles to get her bearings. Sparring with a 'helpful' Amish widower just adds to the chaos circling around her. And then, for good measure, Perry throws in a few dire circumstances beyond anyone's control to keep this plot fast-paced and utterly captivating.

  • (Jen) The Artist Librarian
    2018-12-10 05:15

    I don't normally read the Amish genre but I did enjoy this novel. I felt having the "Englisch" Chloe and Seth along with the Amish Susanna and Nate enabled someone such as I who hasn't really read Amish romance to transition into it more smoothly. Despite it being a sequel, I felt like I could still follow along with the story fine, but I also enjoyed the novel enough to that I would look into reading the previous novel to see what I "missed." I also appreciated the glossary of Amish words/terms at the beginning of the book --in context of the dialogue, you can normally figure out what they mean, but I also like knowing for sure what the word definitions are, so I am glad the glossary was included.

  • Debbie Harris
    2018-11-26 07:28

    I have just recently found Marta Perry's novels. I read Lydia's Hope, which is the first in The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley series and wanted to read Susanna's Dream the second in the series. I am glad I did.Lydia, Susanna and Chloe are grown when they find out they are sisters. When their Amish parents are killed in an accident on there way to a wedding, their daughters are 5, 2 and a few months old. They are each raised by different people and never told they had sisters. The stories center around how they meet then learn to love and depend on each other. Ms Perry brings her characters to life and writes interesting stories that have kept me entertained through two books. I look forward to reading more of her stories.

  • Laura
    2018-12-06 03:37

    This story about three sisters who were Amish were separated after a car accident killed their parents who were raised by two Amish families and the other by the English grandmother. This came to light after they all were grown (none of them were told of their parents but grew up as the daughters of Amish families for two of them and the third with a grandmother who disliked anything Amish. The story shows how damaging it is when families take a child and don't discuss anything about their birth parents. I love how circumstances bring all three of them together.

  • Carolyn E
    2018-11-29 08:33

    Another wonderful story by Marta Perry. I love her books. I believe I have read most of the Amish books. I am looking forward to the release of Abandon the Dark in June, 2014, and The Forgiven: Keepers of the Promise: Book One in October, 2014.

  • April Suter
    2018-11-26 09:21

    Now Susanna knows that she has two sisters, one raised by their English grandmother, one raised by an Amish aunt and uncle and Susanna was raid by a childless Amish couple. Susanna is in a partnership with Dora and have a store together but Dora's son thinks Dora needs to slow down. So Susanna feels lost and unsure of her future since both of her parents are gone and the possibility of losing the store. Her sister Lydia has her children, Chloe is in love with Seth and Nate keeps telling her what he feels is best.322 pages including recipes

  • Quillracer
    2018-12-09 11:39

    I like Marta Perry’s books. I prefer her romantic suspense novels over her straight romance ones, but I have yet to read a bad one in either genre.Marta always delivers a well-told tale full of whole characters and complete emotions. Her stories are complex but not so convoluted that you need an Excel program to keep track of what’s what and who’s who.Pick up any Marta Perry book. You’ll find it’s a good read.

  • Kim
    2018-12-02 11:29

    I really enjoyed finding out what happened to the Wentworth sisters. The book grabbed me and kept me held through the outpouring of help from the town during the flood - to the reuniting of the sisters. Times I wanted to laugh at the stubbornness ofSusanna and revel in the comforting arms of Lydia, and enjoy the feistiness of Chloe. A great read from start to finish. Can't wait to read more of Marta Perry's books.

  • Abigail
    2018-12-09 08:19

    Although a slow start, Perry's novel tells the struggle that many can relate to - being shunned for someone more pretty, more with it, more 'valuable.' While not being overwhelmingly religious, it still had just the right amount of spark with the clean humor and smiles that isn't often found in literature today. Very well written, and an enjoying read! I'm definitely headed out to get more of her works in the future. I got this book from the first reads program, and it was well-worth it!

  • Dawn
    2018-11-19 05:37

    Absolutely wonderful written book. Susan must deal with the loss of her mother, possible loss of her store that she has partnered with, finding out that she has two sister she did not know about. Dealing with her business partners son brings trials and tribulations but a flood caused things to change for both of them. Recommend this book to all Amish fiction.

  • Liz
    2018-12-06 07:13

    Three Lost SistersAs always, Marta Perry shares Amish life in a very heart warming way. The was a pleasant change from the normal Amish story; it was a good read and could happen to any three sisters.

  • Pat
    2018-11-19 08:20

    Excellent story. The 3 sisters are reunited, survive a flood and find men to share their lives with as they form a family.

  • Bj Knauff
    2018-11-18 09:25

    Good second book of this series.

  • PWRL
    2018-11-28 06:16

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  • Ruth
    2018-12-14 10:12

    Wonderful!! as always!!

  • Linda
    2018-11-20 03:14

    Marta Perry is another good author who makes you feel like part of the people in the story. She also happy with her endings. I am so happy that the Grandmother met them all in the end.

  • Cathy
    2018-11-15 05:17

    Really liked this book, Another one that you would just like to read in one sitting. Now to wait and see if there is a 3rd book about the other sister....