I am an avid reader of Amish fiction; however, this is the first book I have read by Marta Perry. I liked this book's characters - in particular, Leah - and Anna was an interesting character also and vividly portrayed. I felt the information about Amish life that was woven into the storyline made the book much richer. The only slight (and I do mean slight) disappointment I had in reading this book was the story seemed to drag a bit a couple of times. That being said, I did enjoy the book overall, and plan to read subsequent books in this series.
Just finished this book. I could not put it down. The story moves along at a good pace, and I am eager to read the next book. I read at least one book a week, and Leah's devotion to teaching and her students is something that is not always so in the "Englisher's" world.
I don't normally read Amish fiction, simply because there is only so much that can be done with it and most authors have put Amish characters into the same few plotlines before. However, this novel was a pleasant surprise. Leah, Daniel, and Johnny are all well-drawn characters, as are Daniel's children. The conflict of an Amish man whose children were temporarily raised English is unique, as is Leah's conflict over working at the clinic while secretly wanting more education for herself. This conflict, as well as her love for Daniel, makes her "choice" deep, life-changing, and full of real conflict. The characters' growth is also a wonderful driving force here, as is the relationship between Amish and English cultures. Lovely work, Marta--I look forward to Rachel's Garden!