A Simple Autumn, Seasons of Lancaster County Series #3
A Simple Autumn
Annie Stoltzfus pined for Adam King too many years. When he began courting an Englisher, she gave up all hope of ever marrying and having children.
Jonah King, AdamÃ¢ÂÂs 22 year old brother, always had someone special on his mind also. The problem was that he could barely talk to her so she could get to know him.
Gabe King, Adam and JonahÃ¢ÂÂs younger brother, was in his rumspringa. He discovered the thrill of riding motorcycles. He was secretly courting Emma Lapp. She was the communityÃ¢ÂÂs school teacher.
Jonah and Gabe both had to make choices that could affect their lives in the community forever. I had no doubt about the choice Jonah would make but I wasnÃ¢ÂÂt sure about Gabe. Rosalind LauerÃ¢ÂÂs writing helps you get to know the characters, which were many. I had a little trouble keeping track of all the siblings.
The main plot is about Jonah and Gabe and their love interests, or lack of. Gabe and EmmaÃ¢ÂÂs relationship seemed to be growing apart, while Jonah and AnnieÃ¢ÂÂs was slowly growing closer. The subplots about the relationships of Mary and Five & Adam and Remy have me wanting to know more about their stories which are covered in the previous books.
The ten children in the King family suffered the loss of their parents when they were murdered two years earlier. All the older siblings helped with the younger ones. I could see the love the family had for one another.
I enjoyed reading about EmmaÃ¢ÂÂs sister Elsie. Elsie had dwarfism. Not many Amish stories have characters that have physical or mental disabilities. It was nice to read about a not-so-typical Amish character.
The way Rosalind Lauer writes had me not wanting to put the book down. This is not a fast paced book that will keep you guessing what is going to happen next. But it will keep you turning the pages. She used phrases like Ã¢ÂÂfollowing the dance of leaves as the wind swirls them in a circleÃ¢ÂÂ and the dirt bike track was Ã¢ÂÂcalling to him like a coyote in the night.Ã¢ÂÂ Her descriptions kept the book interesting. Rosalind Lauer must be a fan of the television show Ã¢ÂÂ7th HeavenÃ¢ÂÂ, there are several characters with names from the show in the book.
A Simple Autumn is about the King family, moving on and growing together. You will see their commitment to family and the Amish way of life as you read A Simple Autumn.
I received a free copy of this book from The Christian Manifesto and Ballantine Books in exchange for my honest review.
October 15, 2013
The story was a little slow
This book is part of the series called Seasons of Lancaster. You do not have to read the others to enjoy this book. This story is about two brothers and one girl. The girl has to decide which brother best fits with what she wants for her life. Will she choose the brother who always gets her attention or wills he finally notice the brother who is always there for her?
I gave this book 4/5 stars. The story was a little slow. I have read many Christian Fiction Amish books so I was hoping this would be as good as the others. The story was believable but the plot took awhile to move along. The characters also were not that enjoyable. You just did not really want to pull for any of them! That said if you like stories set in the Amish community you will probably enjoy this book.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
January 20, 2013
A great series to enjoy each season!
The King family has had a rough time trying to raise a family in the Amish community. Their parents were murdered leaving a large family to find ways to work together. At first, like most Amish communities, whenever there is loss, they rally around and help one another, which they did at first. But over time as the oldest children Adam and Mary grew, they realized they could all work together as one to provide for one another. Adam the oldest son is being looked out through the eyes of the community because he has chosen an Englischer for his soon-to-be wife Remy McCallister. However Remy is a bit different because she wants to learn the Amish ways and works hard to become baptized in the church. Yet it doesn't stop people from whispering and judging them against the old Amish ways of the church.
For Annie Stoltzfus it is extremely difficult to come to terms with because her whole life, she dreamed of marrying Adam. Thinking she stood a great chance at becoming his wife, she never dreamed he would find love outside their community of believers and worse yet, bring her home to become part of the church. Annie now 20, wonders if she will ever find love or will she grow to become an old maid, raising the rest of her siblings and watching them leave and start family's of their own.
Jonah King loves Annie more than he ever thought possible only she doesn't seem to know he exists outside of being simply Adam's younger brother. Even though he spends as much time as he can helping her father out on the farm since needing additional help, he had hoped to find a way to let her know just how he felt. But it seems all Annie can notice is that her younger sister Hannah, would make a perfect wife for Jonah and spends all her time trying to play matchmaker. Will she ever learn just how close love is right in front of her?
In the novel, A Simple Autumn by Rosalind Lauer, we are drawn back to Lancaster County as two brothers in the King family try to find love as they battle their own personal feelings with conflicts with the women they love. For the younger brother, Gabe, he is spending his Rumspringa riding motorbikes until he feels called to the church. But when the local school teacher, Emma learns that he is doing things that go against the church, it may cost him the love of his life when Emma decides she isn't going to wait for Gabe to make a choice between her or his love of motorcycling riding? Either way it may just kill him if he isn't careful.
I received A Simple Autumn compliments of Random House Publishing Group and Net Galley for my honest review. Even though this title isn't available until the fall this year, I've been blessed with the opportunity to review it now and I can't wait for you to pick this one up for a great fall read while watching the colored leaves fall from the trees, to sit back on a crisp night and sit next to the fire for some great Christian romance! I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and just know if you're a fan of Amish Fiction, you'll definitely want to make a note to pick this one up or pre-order it now. While you're waiting, you can pick up A Simple Winter and A Simple Spring now, and get to know more about the people in Lancaster County.
August 5, 2012
The third book in The Seasons of Lancaster County Series, this book follows the story of the King family. Jonah King, also known as the Quiet One, is learning how to express himself and talk about how he feels. His love for Annie hasn't diminished over the years, even though she never knew it.
At the same time Gabe King is wanting the best of both worlds. Still in his rumspringa, running around years, he enjoys riding on motorbikes. His love for Elsie is also growing stronger and he wants to marry her. He doesn't plan to leave the faith, but he is not ready to give up the motorbikes.
Many times Amish stories seem similar. Some stories seem to go a bit farther and stretch what would really happen in an Amish home. But this book takes the reader into the home of an Amish family. You see the struggles and the joys of each choice that is made, each day that goes by. I enjoyed following the King family in this book.
I received this complementary E-book from Edelweiss in return for my honest review.
July 11, 2012