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Along Wooded Paths: A Big Sky Novel - eBook
B&H Books / 2011 / ePub
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Although proud of living apart from the world, Marianna Sommer's newly relocated Amish family is discovering that life in the remote mountains of Montana requires working together with the Englisch. As Marianna pours her life into helping those around her-and receiving their help-her heart further considers two directions. She's torn between the Amish man from Indiana whom she has long planned on marrying and the friendly Englischer who models a close walk with God like she's never seen before.
Who should have young Marianna's heart? What is God asking of her through ongoing family struggles and this romantic and spiritual tension? The answer is found along the wooded paths.
All she wanted was a simple Amish life . . . But now Marianna Sommer finds herself depending on Englisch neighbors. Although proud of living apart from the world, she and her newly relocated Amish family have discovered that life in the remote mountains of Montana requires working together.
As Marianna begins helping those different from herself—and receiving their help—her heart contemplates two directions. She’s torn between the Amish man from Indiana whom she has long planned on marrying and the friendly Englischer who models a closer walk with God than she’s ever seen before.
Who should have young Marianna’s heart? What is God asking her to sacrifice? Her traditions? Her community? The answer is found along the wooded paths.
Acclaim for Tricia Goyer’s Big Sky Series
“A wonderful story about the Amish and the way they live their lives by the writings of the Bible. Readers will delight in this.”
RT Book Reviews
“A sweet, tender tale that’s sure to please readers. Amish fiction fans will be wanting more from Ms. Goyer!”
“A captivating story . . . the reader can’t wait to turn the page.”
Suzanne Woods Fisher, best-selling author, Lancaster County Series
"A sweet, tender story about God's gentle workings in the hearts of His own. Tricia Goyer has a true talent for creating believable characters readers can identify and empathize with. Anyone who enjoys Amish fiction will appreciate this moving tale."
Sally Laity, author of Remnant of Forgiveness
"I was pulled into Tricia Goyer's Along Wooded Paths from the first page! A devastating past, a heart-breaking choice, this story has it all. Endearing, lovely in every way. If you love heart-warming Amish fiction you can't go wrong here."
Traci DePree, author of the Lake Emily series and Into the Wilderness
Tricia Goyer is an acclaimed and prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles in national magazines including Todays Christian Woman and Focus on the Family while authoring more than twenty-five fiction and nonfiction books combined. Among those are 3:16 Teen Edition with Max Lucado and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award winners Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights. She has also written books on marriage and parenting and contributed notes to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Tricia lives with her husband and four children in Arkansas.
In the romantic novel, Along Wooded Paths, Tricia Goyer reminds her reader that God can be heard in unexpected places. The grey-eyed Amish girl, Marianna Sommer, isn't always confident she knows the Lords leading. Struggling to decide whom to marry, where to live, and how to express her faith, Marianna's story reminds us that while in their hearts humans plan their course, the LORD establishes their steps (Proverbs 16:9).
The author structures the narrative so the inner struggles of numerous characters are laid bare. Despite the reader's full awareness, the characters still manage to hide most of their affections and quandaries from each other, which helps to build tension throughout the story. In most romances, it is easy to favor the most suitable male and predict who the female will choose. Goyer's writing is distinctive, creating two respectable, godly male suitors. This technique created a more enticing story and built to a surprise ending.
These two male suitors are the primary cause of Marianna's unrest. She is torn between an acceptable Amish life with Aaron Zook in Indiana or a life with a guitar-strumming man named Ben Stone in Montana. However, the plot doesn't only center on romantic notions. Marianna works in a local restaurant in Montana where she interacts with her English neighbors. These relationships influence Marianna and cause her to renew her faith and reevaluate Amish traditions. Marianna's emotional pains about looming decisions and proper expressions of faith are soothed with prayers for direction. The reader will chuckle at her constant nerves and grow frustrated with her inability to decide which man she loves. However, her genuine desire to please God and her family is endearing and saves her from ridicule.
Along Wooded Paths is a character-based novel. Those looking for a simple love story that is centered on the desire to please God will enjoy this book. - Tamara Peachy, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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