The difference between this author and the other Amish fiction writers is he is a MENNONITE. He isn't just an observer he has lived the life. He really knows first hand that it isn't all dreamy and perfect with the Amish anymore than it is the English. We are all human with a lot of layers like a rose or an onion and this author peels each one away. This book is a lot more interesting to older mature women compared to all the young adult Amish fiction out there. I recommend this book. It is interesting and different from the rest. I couldn't put it down.