1) Why is Simon nervous about Emma’s dye-making and increased grapevine wreath production?
2) Why does Hannah get so angry with Seth over her sheep?
3) What is Julia’s true reason for encouraging Emma to start attending Sunday Singings?
4) Why does Hannah feel she’s caught in the middle between her sister, Julia, and her niece, Emma, during the girl’s rumschpringe?
5) Seth sees a way to make his farm more profitable—how could that conflict with traditional Amish ways?
6) Emma had been so eager to visit James’ English farm. What turned the visit sour for her?
7) The Bible is clear about a husband’s place as head-of-household. How does this challenge Seth and Hannah’s marriage when he decides to plant all corn?
8) Hannah shows growth as a Christian when she seeks advice from Simon, her deacon. How is Simon’s behavior out of character, and why does he start to question his ability to effectively counsel?
9) Why can’t Emma understand James’ decision to attend college?