As Hannah struggles to adapt to Amish customs, she encounters William Brand, who works in the furniture shop next door. William also feels isolated from the community because of his stutter. Having studied speech therapy in college, Hannah offers to help William improve his speech, and slowly their timid friendship blossoms into deep affection. Still, Hannah is aware that the barriers between them are great. Her late husband, who came from a long line of military men, would object to Amish pacifist beliefs, and she isn't sure if she can raise her son in the community knowing that her late husband would disapprove.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 352 Vendor: Berkley Publication Date: 2012 Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.13 (inches)
ISBN: 0425246949 ISBN-13: 9780425246948 Availability: In Stock Series:Pleasant Valley
Returning to Pleasant Valley is giving Hannah Conroy a much-needed chance at a new life. But now she must discover her true place in the world …
Unexpected tragedy has left Hannah without her soldier husband and a home for her baby son, Jamie. Seeking refuge, she comes to live with her aunt in Pleasant Valley, a place she hasnt seen since childhood, when her parents left the Mennonite faith. Working in her aunts bakery is a way for Hannah to get back on her feet, but she isnt sure if she can live by traditionor if she and Jamie should stay for good. She finds an unexpected, sympathetic listener in furniture maker William Brand. His stutter makes him feel like a permanent outsider in his Amish community, and he understands her loneliness.
Hannah is irresistibly drawn to the shy, caring William, and her education in speech therapy makes it natural for her to want to help him speak more easily. But how can she encourage his attention when she might someday leave Pleasant Valley, and when her father-in-law, a military officer, is scheming to take Jamie away from her? As William seeks the courage to stand up for the woman who believes in him, Hannah must decide where her true home liesin the free, ever-changing world she knows, or in the simpler, loving community shes found…
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People who add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than thirty-five inspirational romance novels and lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse.