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As she discards the distractions of her former life, she befriends the young boy working on her family's farm and his attractive widowed father, Samuel Stoltzfus. Despite Lillian's best efforts to the contrary, her feelings for Samuel--and his for her--deepen. Will Lillian find her faith in Plain living, or will she be forced to return to her former life?
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2008
Availability: In Stock
Series: Daughters of the Promise
On the rolling plains of Lancaster County, PA, Lillian Miller is searching for her grandparents' house . . . and so much more. After years of neglect and abuse, she's turning to a lifestyle of simplicity among the Amish to find herself.
Auntie WhizSaskatchewanAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 15, 2011Auntie WhizSaskatchewanAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I found this book to be very realistic. It caught my emotions and brought laughter and tears. The story captured my attention. I was hard-pressed to put it down and eager to read the sequel.
Rachel RopperScotland, UKAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Almost devoured this book in an entire evening!April 21, 2011Rachel RopperScotland, UKAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With so many other Amish books that I own and need to read, I hadn't thought about checking out the work of Beth Wiseman until a friend leant me this book. Picking it up one evening when I was feeling under the weather and wanting to read a "real" book rather than something on my Kindle, I found myself pleasantly surprised. I almost devoured this book in an entire evening, unable to put it down. Lillian was a hilarious character, constantly putting her foot in her mouth whenever she claimed that she wanted to find "peace" amongst the Amish, and insisting that she'd manage fine because she knows how to cook! I loved that Beth had created such an unconventional, flawed heroine. Even though I couldn't entirely relate to her problems (nor her immaturity, that on any other character would have annoyed me) I wanted to keep reading about her because she was so entertaining.
The other characters in the novel were incredibly endearing, from the vastly different grandparents - the grandfather who saw the good in everyone and spoke his mind, and the grandmother who was still hurting from the loss of her daughter - to Samuel and his sweet son - who couldn't help but hope that Lillian would become his new mother. I even liked Lillian's "rival", who ended up being her friend. It was sweet to witness Lillian and Samuel unintentionally falling in love with each other, showing the readers how people from such vastly different backgrounds can find comfort in each other.
While I can sometimes be wary of conversion-to-the-Amish plotlines, Lillian's visit to Lancaster County made sense in that her mother had left the Amish as a teen, and both of them had subconsciously yearned to return there. I would have to say that Lillian's acceptance of the Amish ways wasn't entirely convincing, and that's why I'd give this book 9/10 rather than 10/10. At one point, she questioned why Amish women should be subservient to their husbands and she wasn't satisfied with her grandmother's answer - but this was never brought up again. I personally feel like Lillian would have needed a lot more convincing to join the Amish lifestyle, especially when it came to accepting "God's will" about bad situations. This is probably the part that I had the most difficulty with in this book. Even as a Christian, I don't believe it's "God's will" for bad things to happen - but I do believe it is His will for good things to come out of bad situations. But calling the death of a young woman from cancer "God's will" suggests that God intended for her to die - and I don't think this is the way it is at all. Lillian struggled with this also, but she seemed to finally accept it in the end but it was never really explained. I felt like too much was spent dwelling on the idea of "God's will" and it left me feeling a bit uncomfortable.
Despite my minor struggles with this book, I did really enjoy it. When a sudden tragedy struck Lillian's family near the end of the book I actually had tears in my eyes, which made me realise how attached I'd become to these characters. While the plot may have been rather predictable, the characters were far from conventional and I'd definitely recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction of the likes of Amy Clipston, Barbara Cameron, Vannetta Chapman and Kelly Long. I'm excited to get on to the next book and see where Beth takes our characters next. 9/10
Cleo Tomlin5 Stars Out Of 5August 25, 2010Cleo TomlinA must for reading for everyone. I can't say enough about the Amish novels. I know that I have not spoke entirely about the contents of this book but I do not have the ability to express myself good enough to tell people how awesome these books are. All I can say is, please buy this one and I can tell you, you will be hooked.
Joyce Huddleston5 Stars Out Of 5August 10, 2010Joyce HuddlestonIt was a delightful story! A book that is hard to put down. The Amish people are such hardworking Christian people. Lillian was such an interesting person who was forunate enough to come back to her roots!
Kav5 Stars Out Of 5May 10, 2010KavThis is my first bonnet book though Ive long held a fascination for the plain living practiced by the Amish. I loved this book so much that I read it one sitting. It is a stunning novel about forgiveness and the peace it brings. The romantic development is nicely paced and Samuels steadfast faith is a great foil to Lillians emotional confusion. I enjoyed watching their love grow in spite of themselves. All the characters in this novel come to life. I particularly loved Grandpa Jonas, who often had me laughing out loud. This book is rich in developing relationships and in healing them. Lillians ability to put the past to rest so that she can grow spiritually is inspiring. All in all, a very good read.