5. Martin and Paul are very different. From the time they were born, they were taught dissimilar world views through their parents, environments, and experiences. But both loved Hannah and did their best to walk in godly ways. Can you name a few things that you particularly liked about Martin? Paul?
6. Hannah’s mother regretted her actions toward her daughter, but healing did not begin until after she admitted her wrongs and allowed Hannah to voice her anger and hurt. Do you think it’s reasonable or right for someone to question and vent his or her anger at the person asking for forgiveness?
7. Although someone baptized into the Amish faith is required to marry a baptized member, the family doesn’t interfere with potential choices. Often they don’t even know who their loved one is seeing until they are engaged. If you’d known Matthew, would you have shared your concerns about Elle with him? Do you believe it’s right to express your opinion about who a friend or family member is dating?
8. In book one, Hannah buried her deceased baby before leaving Owl’s Perch. During the next two and a half years, Hannah’s father took care of the grave, offering a tenderness and respect he was never able to give to Hannah. He struggled with relationships and was difficult to deal with. What did you imagine is behind Zeb’s inner conflict? How do you relate with people who are caught inside themselves, reluctant to show love, constantly expressing negative thoughts, and pushing people away in the process?
9. Can you think of any ways Hannah could have made the relationship between her and her father less strained? She seemed to have insight and understanding of people that her father lacked. Did that make it her responsibility to find ways to make things work with Zeb Lapp?