A Road Unknown, Amish Roads Series #1
a great novel
ght of how they will effect our siblings.
Together with Elizabeth, we can experience the frustration and joys of living away from a close knit family unit.
Barbara writes a delightful page turner and I learned a lot about myself, and some about others. There is no problem unique to myself!
I revieved this book free from Amy Lathrop at Litfuse Publicity Group and Abingdon Press in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
March 7, 2014
Stepping Forward Into A New Life and Romance
Barbara Cameron in her new book, Ã¢ÂÂA Road UnknownÃ¢ÂÂ Book One in the Amish Road series published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Elizabeth Bontrager.
From the back cover: Elizabeth is at a crossroads.
SheÃ¢ÂÂs been given the chance to experience life outside of her community, away from the responsibility to care for her eight younger siblings, but Elizabeth Bontrager canÃ¢ÂÂt decide which road to take. Goshen has its charms and pressures, but Paradise, Pennsylvania, sounds . . . well, like paradise. And itÃ¢ÂÂs also home to her Englisch friend, Paula. Decision made. Elizabeth is Paradise bound.
But will the small town live up to its name? When Elizabeth meets PaulaÃ¢ÂÂs friend, Bruce, she quickly learns he wants more than a friendship. And the same might be true of Saul Miller, her new boss at the country story that sells Amish products to the Englisch community. As the two compete for her attention, Elizabeth is surprised to realize she misses her family and becomes even more uncertain about where she belongs. She has a choice to make: return home or embrace this new life and possibly a new love?
What would you do? If you lived in the land of Goshen, or plenty, all your life then had the opportunity to go live in Paradise would you go home to Goshen where your parents were or stay in Paradise where your friends and new life are? That is the problem that Elizabeth is facing. And she is meeting all kinds of adventures in her new life especially with two men who want a romance with her. I think we have all faced a situation where we donÃ¢ÂÂt know which way to go, back to the life we lived or ahead to the new life we are trying to make. Ms. Cameron, in Elizabeth, has given us a character that as she grows and comes to understand just what she is doing and why we can identify with and root for to make the right decisions. All of the characters are interesting and we come to care for all of them. You wish they really existed outside of these pages so that we could go over to their homes and visit. This book is just a lot of fun and I look forward to the next book in this series.
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February 26, 2014
DOES THIS ROAD LEAD TO PARADISE FOR ELIZABETH?
The bus trip to Paradise, Pennsylvania was long and terrifying to Elizabeth Bontrager who questioned her decision to run away from her large family. She was weary of her life as the eldest of eight siblings always Ã¢ÂÂneededÃ¢ÂÂ by her mamm to care for them. Work, work, work, with no promise of a life of her own in Goshen, Indiana. She was uncomfortable with the strangers on the bus, especially the Englischers until a young Amish man Saul Miller comes to her rescue and soothes her fears, especially when she learns he is also traveling to his home in Paradise. WOW, what a hook! Author Barbara Cameron caught my attention immediately and I kept reading in fascination.
Ms. CameronÃ¢ÂÂs story of Elizabeth is so unlike other Amish stories I have read. She presented completely different aspects to the Amish/Englischer co-existence that were thought provoking, amusing, and complicated. Elizabeth was beginning a new life, learning astounding, perplexing, and comical details about the Englisch lifestyles living with roommate Paula, who is a harmonious helpmate for Elizabeth, aiding her to understand many things about the Englischer life in Paradise. Paula is waiting the return of her soldier boyfriend from Afghanistan.
Saul Miller is on the rebound from a serious romantic relationship, and Elizabeth has not known romantic love prior to meeting Saul. Will she realize genuine love when she is confronted with the emotion? Consequently, enters Bruce, an Englischer that showers Elizabeth with compliments and attention. Is Bruce a likely candidate for romance or is he really who he seems to be? ElizabethÃ¢ÂÂs first job came too easy when Saul employed her in his familyÃ¢ÂÂs business. We learn that Elizabeth is gifted with a talent for sewing. She dreams of a future working with fabrics and design. Saul is patient with Elizabeth, hoping she will return his romantic feelings toward her. Ms. CameronÃ¢ÂÂs story left a new impression of Amish romance with me, and one I like immensely with respect for the challenges 20 year old Elizabeth faced and overcame. There is no question that God was nearby through His Holy Spirit Ã¢ÂÂ always a present help.
A Road Unknown speaks of the many pathways in life that each individual follows. Skillfully written lexes specific in particulars about the Amish culture in todayÃ¢ÂÂs world embellishes Barbara CameronÃ¢ÂÂs lovely story of a young womanÃ¢ÂÂs prayers being blessed with answers by God. Elizabeth discovers surprising findings of unknown family, new friends, and love in Paradise. Paradise is not lost and ElizabethÃ¢ÂÂs future is full of promise in Paradise. Ms. Cameron brilliantly ended the story at the perfect time, leaving this reader wanting more. At least I hope she intends a sequel to A Road Unknown so we can learn of GodÃ¢ÂÂs plans for the residents of ParadiseÃ¢ÂÂ¦.the one here on earth that is.
A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
February 26, 2014
If you enjoy Amish fiction, DON'T miss this book!
WOW! Barbara is such a wonderful author.
I havenÃ¢ÂÂt actually read any of her other Amish novels but after reading this one, I will be!
I have read a story or two of hers from collaborations and they were wonderful but they could not have prepared me for what unfolded in Ã¢ÂÂA Road UnknownÃ¢ÂÂ.
So few authors are able to capture the essence of something that is totally or even mostly foreign to them but Barbara Cameron does it beautifully.
At least, I hope soÃ¢ÂÂ¦ I would hate to think that Barbara herself experienced the same things her main character in Ã¢ÂÂA Road UnknownÃ¢ÂÂ has. But if she didnÃ¢ÂÂt, you would never know it because From her masterful writing, youÃ¢ÂÂre certain she has.
She brings us right into ElizabethÃ¢ÂÂs world. From the first paragraph, I was hooked. Barbara Cameron captured me and IÃ¢ÂÂm certain IÃ¢ÂÂm not the only one. We are immediately pulled into the story and it doesnÃ¢ÂÂt let go of us until weÃ¢ÂÂve turned the last page.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs a great book and I am already looking forward to the next one! Of course, it doesnÃ¢ÂÂt hurt that thereÃ¢ÂÂs an excerpt of book 2 Ã¢ÂÂ right there in the back of book 1.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs so exciting to find a wonderful new series from an author who Ã¢ÂÂ then becomes one of your favorites. And I have to admit, IÃ¢ÂÂm excited I can go back and read more about some of the characters IÃ¢ÂÂve Ã¢ÂÂmetÃ¢ÂÂ who were already introduced in her earlier series Ã¢ÂÂ at least it will give me something to do while IÃ¢ÂÂm waiting for book 2 in this series.
One thing IÃ¢ÂÂm noticing more and more in Amish fiction is the reliance on cell-phones and characters who do not shun technology but are extremely cautious in itÃ¢ÂÂs use. I used to think this was inaccurate but the more I am getting to know people in Amish communities (not fictional) and the more I read other books with this as part of the story, the more I am convinced that Amish communities are embracing cell-phone technology. And it makes sense to me when I stop and think about it too. They hold themselves apart so a cell-phone with no contract (one of those pay-by-the-month deals) would actually be better and easier than having the Englisch install phone shanties all over their community.
I love when you read a book, and get a fresh perspective on something, donÃ¢ÂÂt you?
Well Ã¢ÂÂA Road UnknownÃ¢ÂÂ is full of fresh perspectives. It gives us a look into Amish life from a perspective that most people would never even consider. It gives us a deeper feel for the difficulties that these wonderful people who live Ã¢ÂÂplainÃ¢ÂÂ endure Ã¢ÂÂ and not just from their simple lives either.
And I love that it gives a whole new perspective on being a young woman in a tough situation. Amish or not, there are many girls who have been in the exact same position that Elizabeth was in and I believe this book will touch the hearts of Amish fans and non-Amish fans!
February 22, 2014