Honestly I'm surprised this book got so many high reviews. I personally found it a 2 star read at best. The story was choppy lacking a nice flow that other books, like Beverly Lewis or Tricia Goyer, have. The author did a poor job on the characters. You never feel like you got to know them. I found myself constantly flipping back wondering who a person was and I never have that problem. The fact that the author killed off so many people in the book was a bit over the top. Three people alone die in the first five chapters, which was quite ridiculous. What frustrated me the most was Daniel's character using "The Message" Bible instead of a real translation. Sorry, but "the message" does not count as a Bible translation in my opinion. Overall the book was hardly memorable and took some effort to get through.
So many bad things happen to this poor girl within the first 80 pages that you wonder how she can possibly cope. More bad things continue to happen throughout the book, but not at such an astonishing rate. Of course, everything turns out fine in the end. I mentioned "unpredictable" in my summary, and most of it was just that. But there are one or two pretty predictable parts. Still, it was a pretty good read.
I really enjoyed this book. My favorite writer of Amish novels has always been Beverly Lewis, but I really enjoyed this book. The characters were very real, and the mix of Amish/English made the book seem true to life.