This is the second Wanda Brunstetter novel that I've read and I have to admit that I'm not really compelled to read any more of hers. This story was so simplistic with no space for originality or creativity - just a standard romance set in an Amish community. While it was a bit more fleshed out than the other novel I've read from this author - "On Her Own" - the characters were total caricatures and not developed enough to actually have motives behind their actions. And the speech was incredibly stilted and fake-sounding. Furthermore, the main character really irritated me - she was so selfish and childish, definitely not mature enough to be getting married and taking on all the responsibilities that an Amish wife and mother has! She only redeemed herself in the last few pages but by this point I was rather fed up with her. I'm giving this book 5/10 as it was fairly enjoyable to read and did keep my interest, even if I feel like I could write a more compelling novel myself! I have one more Brunstetter novel on my TBR and I really hope it's better than this - otherwise, I won't be trying any more of her books.
I have to agree with Brenda E. about this book. It was very well written, and while the dialoge and story - line were very clever, something was missing. However, i did like most of the parts, and Wanda made it very intertesting, especially Pauline's character, and how she was very jealous and possesive of Eli. I also liked Laura's dad, and I think that Eli and Laura were made to be together, and all - in - all, i think that it was a very good book.