Susan Hostetler fled her Amish home and community after catching her boyfriend kissing her best friend. With her dreams shattered, she seeks a life in the "Englisha" world, as non-Amish are called. Susan finds work in a bakery and gradually adapts to her new life. She misses her family and the way she was raised, but doesn't think she could return to live among them.
Susan's experiment in the world's ways includes learning to drive a car, seeking her GED, and dating a sophisticated businessman. While exciting, none of these things provide her true fulfillment. She becomes friends with the bakery owner's son, Robby, and encourages him to return to the faith he'd abandoned. She also befriends a pregnant young woman who needs assistance. Helping Teresa, this unwed mother, leads Susan back to her roots since Teresa wants her son adopted by the Amish.
The ending of Missing Your Smile, the first novel in Jerry Eicher's Fields of Home series has on open-ended conclusion. I will soon be reading the sequel to learn what happens to Teresa and Susan.
Missing Your Smile is the first in a series of three. I absolutely loved this book. I enjoyed getting to know Susan and the other characters in the book and I can't wait to see what happens next! I will be adding "Following Your Heart" and "Where Love Grows" (Sept. 2012) the next two books in the series to my wish list.
I highly recommend this book! Especially to those who like reading Amish fiction! This was just a great book and I truly enjoyed it. A job well done Jerry Eicher.
i won this book thru Jerry himself as a give away on facebook, that has been awhile ago. i started reading this book just the other day and i couldnt put it down. that is the way i am with all his books and many other amish books. i love this story because it could really happen in our world today. i cant wait to read the second book in the series. if i could win it that would b awesome, out local library doesnt get the books in a series right away. i will have to wait a while. but it will be with the wait.