Marianna has a strong faith and love for her famil
July 21, 2013
St Cloud, FL
Marianna Sommers was born early due to a freak accident that killed her two older sisters, Marilyn and Joanna. Her parents and older brother survived but her mother went into premature labor and her dad named her Marianna after the older sisters that were killed. She lived her life in Indiana and planned on marrying Aaron Zook once they started courting and both joined the church.
The family was blessed with three more boys and a daughter. Levi, her brother that survived the accident, left the Amish when he got older. Marianna spent her life taking care of the younger siblings, doing chores and working for a neighbor taking care of kids. She had little time to herself and always seemed sad but kind, didn't express any anger over her situation. She did wish she had been able to know Marilyn and Joanna to know what they were like and wondered how her life would be different if the accident never happened. Even though she and Aaron weren't courting she knew that he planned on marriage too and was even starting to build a house for them.
Things changed when her dad decided to move his family to Montana, she thought about staying in Indiana with her Aunt, after all she would be 20 in about a month. When she was told that her mother was in the family way again, she decided she didn't have any choice but to go with them. She couldn't explain to Aaron why she had to go, it wasn't her place to tell that news. Her mother was reluctant to move too but her dad wouldn't let her talk him into staying in Indiana.
How do you think you would handle thinking that you weren't good enough your whole life? Your birthday brings back the memory of two dead sisters that you're named after and your parents always talk about how 'good' each of the girls were. Would you feel like you were forgotten yet you're right in front of them, like you don't even mean anything to them? The whole community seems to look at you with sympathy because they know the whole story and see how it's affected your family throughout the years.
What a good book this was and Tricia makes you feel the sorrow within Marianna's heart. Through it all she stays true to her faith. I've had this book for quite some time and finally pulled it out of my 'to read' pile and have started the second one, Along Wooded Paths, as I'm anxious to move ahead in Marianna's life with her. There is one more book in the series, Beyond Hope's Valley, I now have to get that so I'll be able to finish her story. Tricia did a wonderful job.
What a wonderfully pleasant surprise! A tale of the Amish that ends up taking place mostly in Montana was a breath of fresh air to me ... one who reads all things Amish. This was the first book of Tricia Goyer's I've read and I have to say that I really, really enjoyed it.
After hearing her interview with Suzanne Woods Fisher on her radio blog, this book was high on my list to read. I'm not sure how much is based on truth and how much is fiction, but it is truly a story that will take old of your heart and give you a hard time about putting it down.
I love the characters and the setting(s). I love the style of writing and the commitment the author shows to the integrity of the story and its details. I found myself vested in what Marianna would do and hoping my daughter would one day find her "Ben".
I love how human these "characters" are as well. I do find myself often forgetting that while our faiths are lived out differently, the Amish are just as human as I am and just as vulnerable in the world as anyone.
It will be a week or so before I can start book two but I am eager to get to it and simply can not wait! Highly recommended as a great read!
Marianna Sommer is a young Amish girl who plans to stay in the Amish faith, marry, and be content. Nevertheless, family issues need her to change directions.
After loosing one child to the Englisch ways and realizing another child could be heading in that direction, Marianna's parents decide they need to move from Indiana. Her parents have already suffered enough tragedy, losing two of their girls through in accident on the same day her mother gave birth to Marianna. How could they lose her too?
A whole lifetime she's been striving to help her parents through their losses. However, this is a ruling that Marianna would not have to follow, but her mother is expecting. What should she do now?
To help her family settle in their new home, Marianna goes to Montana temporarily. But Marianna struggles anew with either going back or staying because she's liking this life in Montana. It's so much different here. The rules are less strict, and Marianna even has a job at an Englsher's store! Almost daily here, she marvels at the beauty God creates, and she has grown in her faith too.
However, her cousin's wedding is coming up in Indiana, and she's supposed to attend. Should Marianna go back to an uncertain past, back to Aaron? Alternatively, does she stay in Montana to find out where her friendship with an Englischer man named Ben Stone goes?
BESIDE STILL WATERS by Tricia Goyer is a title that I recommend. But be forewarned, this book is unlike other Amish fiction titles that you may have read before. And that's a great thing!
Tricia Goyer's exhaustive research into the Amish community not only shows in how she crafts these characters, but it's seen in how she showcases the Amish culture. She almost does a contrast and compare, without judgements, for us readers to understand the differences and the similarities in everyday life events, and she even gives us taste of the Amish in the back of the book. You'll want to fall in love with this author's characters, their challenges, and their futures in the next BIG SKY NOVEL. ***Though the publisher provides the free ebook, I offer the opinion.***