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5 Stars Out Of 5
a great novel
September 21, 2014
5 stars ***** out of 5
This is a quick, yet fascinating read with all the ingredients to make this an enjoyable time spent with friends among the Amish. By writing in the first person point of view with vivid imagery the reader is immediately immersed in the life of Sally as she travels to a town with a ridiculous name to help a young girl who has been emailing with her for some time. What she finds there is a surprise both to her and the reader, and it is not just the fact that it is a completely different culture than where she lives with her used-car-salesman father. Just what was the motive of young Lizzie? This is one novel I hope there will be a sequel for, as there was a thread left untied. This book is definitely a stand alone book, not at all the kind where you wish you had not read because you need to buy the next one to enjoy. It is just that inquiring minds need to know!
I received this Ebook free from David C. Cook and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
The story between the covers of Forever Amish caused me to lose sleep. Not because it troubled me, only that I could not lay it on my bedside table and turn out the light. Kate Lloyd certainly does not write a boring story, she is a master storyteller. Even if I needed toothpicks to keep my eyes open, I intended to see what was on the next page_the next, and the next!
Now that I have rested_I see I might have rested from writing my review a bit too long. A long list of great reviews have been published regarding Forever Amish, leaving me uncertain of what more I could reveal to convince you to read this book. More than one story is being told through Ms. Lloyd's capably entertaining style of penning words together, characterizing the people and situations in vivid Technicolor that read like a movie in my head. All emotions possible can be felt reading about Sally Bingham and the exploits to which she is subjected after receiving a seemingly sincere email from Lizzie Zook inquiring about buying a Welsh Corgi. Sally breeds and shows Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs and such a request from an Amish person piques her curiosity.
Sally decides a change in venue is what she needs to clear her mind and become decisive about several thorny issues she is miserably pondering. Dad Ed's health is failing. Why did her mother abandon her as a baby? Sally is engaged to Donald, a haughty man of substantial wealth but inattentive to her emotional concerns. Sally has a growing apprehension Donald is not right for her. Why has her dad never told her anything about her mom, is she still living? She doubts herself and who she really is. She has never met anyone from her dad's or mom's families. Sally feels inadequate and a failure. She reserves a room in an Amish Bed & Breakfast near where she would meet Lizzie Zook, only to find the B&B closed because of an emergency. Much to her chagrin, she ended up staying with the Zook family.
From this point on, Sally is in for big trouble. Little does she realize her life is in for shocking changes, never to be the same. Real life becomes a bad dream when Sally comes face to face with the querulous Zook family and cantankerous Reuban Zook. Rhoda Zook is a sweetheart and perfect Amish wife. Handsome bachelor Armin King is considered a good catch by the Amish eligible ladies. Is it love at first sight between Sally and Armin? The plot thickens. Mystery begins to surround every character through suspicious actions and reactions. Everyone holds secrets. It becomes a conundrum - only God can solve. "For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light." (Luke 8:17).
Forever Amish is a definite stand-alone story, the third in a series of three. I have not read Leaving Lancaster or Pennsylvania Patchwork as yet. Being a new fan of Kate Lloyd, I will soon add them to my TBR stack. If you enjoy a little suspense with a bit of romance, and a laugh or two, I guarantee you will enjoy this book. You will recognize many of God's promises being granted in this story filled with compassion, healing, family ties, forgiveness, and reunion. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28) And, I take liberty to add, for those that return or begin to follow the Lord in their own time. Thank you Ms. Lloyd for this gift of love, and now if you don't mind_. I will turn off the light and get some sleep.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review.