When Amish widow, Rachel Brenneman open's her back door on that dark stormy night, she has no idea how much that single action will change the course of her life.
Jeremiah Gant has been badly injured and needs a safe place to recover. When he and his friend Asa, accidently knock on the wrong door they are brought into a world that is vastly different from anything they have ever experienced.
This book is more than just a love story, or a story about the Amish. It is the story of human struggle and finding God's real will for our lives rather than what we want His will for us to be.
While the story was supposed to be Rachel and Jeremiah's, I found myself more interested in Susan and David's story. Susan, Rachel's mother and David, the English doctor, have been secretly in love with each other for years, but both know that any feeling they have for each other is forbidden by Susan's church. David, however refuses to give up and searches for a way for the two of them to be together.
Rachel and Jeremiah relationship seemed to flounder in many ways. Several times I couldn't make up my mind if I really wanted them to be together or not. There didn't seem to be much to their relationship other than confusion. Although I do have to admit that we did get a better sense of Jeremiah's emotions than we did Rachel's.
I did like the way that David, being from England and Jeremiah, being from Ireland found common ground despite their countries long time animosity for each other. It was fun to read about their interactions with each other.
Asa was my favorite character in this book. He is a strong Christian, Jeremiah's longtime friend as well as a runaway slave. I love the way that he was written, so full of courage and willing to take risks that most people would not dare to take. I was so inspired by him and I can't wait to find out the rest of his story.
I have to admit that the first third of the book was really hard for me to get into. It seemed stuck and the plot just didn't move along. However the last two-thirds seemed to flow better. I enjoyed the parts about the under-ground railroad and I wished that the author had spent more time there. This is the first book in the series and all in all is was a fairly decent book. If you like books that are more relationship oriented then you will like this one. I will be looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
I'm just finishing book 1 and had decided early on to also order books 2 and 3 as I have a few friends who grew up Amish and are now Mennonite...precious people! This book helps anyone understand the trials and misunderstandings between the Amish and the 'English'. I thoroughly enjoyed this 1st book, and am on the last chapter and would advise readers to keep ordering BJ Hoff books. She's a favorite author for myself and my friends.
This is the first book I have ever read by BJ Hoff, so I came to this book with no expectations. I am well pleased with her style of writing. It is at a very good price right now, so I feel I got a real deal! The cover is nice an sturdy as are the pages. The print is very easy to read.
Now, to the story... I happen to have several Old Order Amish friends, so I am pretty certain that some of the events depicted in this story are very unlikely to have occurred. This should not be understood to be an actual way that the Amish live, though much of the details are correct. But, then it's fiction, so it's OK, and I enjoyed it immensely. It has good Christian content, and it's always a blessing to read a sweet love story that doesn't include sex and bad language. There are two sets of "sweethearts" in this, which is evident almost from the first few chapters (Not a lot of surprises). However, it was a good story, I really liked the characters, and I am looking forward to Book 2 in this trilogy.