5 Stars Out Of 5
A New Life
August 26, 2014
What would you do if you took a trip to get away to collect your thoughts and plans, and subsequently learned that everything you thought you knew about your family was a lie? That is the situation that Sally Bingham, a young woman on the brink of marriage, found herself in after a painful disagreement with her fianc and the loss of one of her beloved Corgis.
Kate Lloyd completes her series, Legacy of Lancaster County, with the novel Forever Amish. It can be read easily as a stand-alone story, as I have not yet read the preceding books and followed it well. It is surprising in several ways, and I enjoyed it immensely.
Sally received an invitation to visit a young Amish woman in Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to talk with her about Corgis, the type of dog that Sally used to breed. Her father did not want her to go to Lancaster County at all, especially Bird-in-Hand, suggesting other places, offering no explanation for his reaction. She borrowed a classic Mustang from her fathers used car lot and left behind the woods of Connecticut for the rolling hills of Lancaster County.
Sallys self-esteem was suffering; she felt responsible for the death of her beloved male Corgi, the abandonment of her mother when she was young, and in general anything that didnt go well in her life. She had stopped showing Ginger, her only remaining female corgi, at dog shows.
Spiritually I could identify with Sally; there was a time of questioning the Lords love and concern for our daily life and I wondered if, after He created the world and everything in it, He let man in his limited wisdom handle the day to day things of life. No, I dont believe that, but I appreciate reading about characters that questioned it and how the author brings healing faith to his/her character.
Everything about Sallys arrival seemed orchestrated by the Lord, although it didnt seem like it at the time. The bed and breakfast where she had a reservation had storm damage from the night before so they could not accommodate her and there was no other B & B in the area. Sally just happened to hear of a woman taking in visitors, who happened to be the mother of the young woman who had emailed Sally. From the moment she arrived at the Zook farm, life began to get interesting. Nothing in Sallys life, including her beliefs about God, could be the same again.
The plot of Forever Amish was a bit different than I would have anticipated, in a good way. Included was everything that to me would make a good story belief in God, suspense, love, acceptance, a well-planned story with excellent characterization. The primary romance demonstrated is the love between God and His people; the love and acceptance from others flowed freely from hearts that love the Lord. The unexpected turns in the story made it hard to put down; I hated to leave Sally and her family behind as the story ended.
I would very highly recommend Forever Amish to young adults and adults of any age who appreciate Amish fiction, novels about change and spiritual growth, with the added element of mystery and romance.
I received a copy of this book through the For Readers Only group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.