Both Amish, Carrie Weaver and Daniel Miller are much in love. A baseball player, Daniel, is about to go pro. When Carrie's life changes, so does her choice of future husband. And with a younger brother to care for who suffers from hemophilia, Carrie must choose for more than herself alone.
I would describe this as an almost "literary" Amish book with romantic elements. It was most unusual. If you are anticipating a formulaic Amish story - forget it! Suzanne Woods Fisher had more twists and turns in her story than in Amish country near the Ohio River!
SPOILER ALERT: I will warn the reader that there is an important death that almost stopped me from finishing listening to the rest of the book. I was angry with Suzanne - yup, she had violated my expectations for a romance. Guess what?! This is not a romance. It is an Amish fiction with romantic elements, some women's fiction to it, suspense, and a literary twist. So I had to get over my irritation as I do not like big surprises in my reading. Suzanne needed the plot element for her heroine's emotional and spiritual arc. There is an arsonist amongst the characters and she does a great job of obscuring just who that might be.
Forgiveness is a huge theme in this book and in many Amish books. Carrie has made choices that she has to address. Some of her decisions require forgiveness of herself. One of the male protagonists makes a sacrificial choice that has ramifications that ripples throughout the family. I found that fascinating how Suzanne spun that storyline across so many characters' story arcs.
I really loved two secondary characters's romance. They were a really fun couple and I was glad the author put them together. And the inclusion of a subplot about Carrie's younger brother who has hemophilia was very gripping and just another example of the many layers of this story.
Second spoiler alert: I was rewarded for my continued reading with a happy ending! Gotta love a happy ending.
Bibliotherapy: Hemophilia, bereavement, forgiveness, and life's transitions.
Disability Friendliness: Available in hardcover, paperback, Kindle or ebook, and audio versions as well as large print.
An ECPA, CBA and CBD Bestseller, Crossings' Main Selection, Doubleday, Literary Guild and BookSpan selection! (This information copied from Suzanne's website.)
Characters are believable and story is exceptional
October 19, 2011
The characters in this story are developed in such a way that you feel they are your personal friends and are very easy to get to know. With all of the Amish stories today, this one is different and has a believable plot. I couldn't stop reading!!
I usually stay away from Amish stories, as I find many of them tend to have similar storylines. However I took a chance on this one and found it to have a refreshing twist to it. It was well written, and I can honestly say I couldn't seem to put it down. I would recommend this to others, even if they are not usually into Amish books.