The ending was what really made this story shine. It started out a bit slow and it wasn't until I was about halfway through the story that I started to really care one way or the other. I felt her frustrations at times and enjoyed the way Ted comforted her when she was hurting and how he tried to be a true friend. I enjoyed that the conflict was so black and white at times, but on occasion it also felt a bit like shoving a square peg into a round hole. Sometimes you could feel that it was a bit forced, like her reason for being at Piney Meadows in the first place. At any rate, it was a sweet love story and I really enjoyed how everything came together at the end. The story was downright romantic. And those few kisses that were shared. Wow! They set the pages on fire because they were the result of restrained passion. That's my favorite kind...the type that builds and builds until it finally happens. :) And it's even better when it is surrounding an emotional situation, like when Miranda was so discouraged.I loved how the author showed the strengths and weaknesses of both characters and how Ted didn't realize at first how much Miranda really did have strong faith in Christ. Why? Because he was determining her depth of faith based on her outward appearance. The scene where she tearfully responded as she sang the lyrics of the hymn was profound and emotionally moving. I loved how this situation started to really change Ted's perspective about real worship and how he realized everything he'd done recently had been more out of habit than from his heart. I loved how Miranda's faith stirred Ted's. She made him want to be a better man.
There are several reviews about what the plot was about so I will skip that whole thing. I'm still sort of up in the air about this book. Mennonite genre is not something I normally read, but I read the back cover and it was intriguing. On the one side, this was a book that was full of characters that care about and for each other while still dealing with very human problems and several parts in this book made me laugh out loud. The writing and for the most part the plot was well done. On the other side, the author's time line for this plot was 10 month and I had trouble following this whenever the times changed. She wasn't very clear about how much time had past since the previous chapter and I felt I was always playing catch-up. I also felt there where holes in the plot where things were missing because of big holes of missing time. That being said, if you like books that are all about relationships, Mennonite community and warm fuzzies, this is the book for you.
Miranda and Ted could not be more different. They are both Mennonites, but Miranda is from a Mennonite church in Seattle that is modern and Ted belongs to an Old Order Mennonite church in Minnesota. When Miranda is hired to lead the Christmas program for Teds church, their differences are obvious. Miranda wears jeans, red t-shirts, red lipstick and reads the Bible on her cell phone. Ted believes in following the traditions of his Mennonite heritage. Despite their differences they are able to work together and put on a great show, and maybe even find love.The first thing that struck me about this book was the instant chemistry between Ted and Miranda. It was so obvious it practically jumped off the pages. I thought Ted was adorable, even if he was a bit stuffy and rigid. He had a lot to learn about real faith from Miranda and she brought a lot of excitement and new forms of worship to this church that needed a pick-me-up. The people of this Mennonite community were very warm and welcoming and I liked how they accepted Miranda for who she was.This is a cute story with a good romantic twist and a solid Christian message, although it was a little on the slow side at times, but not too bad. It is definitely a relaxing read, but I found the pages not turning very fast and my mind wandered sometimes. A story does not always have to move fast to be good, so if you are looking for a little romance, humor, and faith, then you will likely enjoy this story. The chemistry between Ted and Miranda, the community of Mennonites and the supporting cast help make this a very well rounded and charming romance.
Miranda Klassen, dedicated daughter of a Seattle Mennonite minister, is a talented musician and noted songwriter. Shes excited to have been offered the challenge of helping an Old Order Mennonite church prepare and publicize a Christmas program that will draw new people and new life to its staid congregation.A completely modern Mennonite, Miranda loves red, her computer, and her cell phone. What awaits her in Minnesota is like something out of Little House on the Prairie. The women cook and sew and dress like they stepped out of the last century. The men open doors for the ladies, wear old-fashioned but strangely appealing hats, and sit on the opposite side of the church from their wives. What on earth has she gotten herself into?Ted Wiebe wonders the same thing. No matter how talented she might be, it was a mistake to bring this modern woman to his communityand especially to his church. Miranda wears pants. Her lips are red, along with her boots and much of her clothingwhich does not include a proper prayer kapp. Shes attached to her laptop by some invisible cordand she reads her Bible on a red cell phone!Two people from different worlds, with opposing points of view on just about everything. Both are committed to an important project. But after meeting one another, neither is thrilled about the prospect, especially since theyll be forced to spend a lot of time together.But God works in mysterious ways.A warm and endearing look at a closely knit, wonderfully loving Mennonite community. Gail Sattler explores the difficulty many of us have in accepting that our way may not be the only right way. Mirandas impact on Teds life and the lives of his Mennonite familyand their influence on hertouches, amuses, and entertains. The Narrow Path is a well-written, informative, revealing look at a way of life most of us can only imagine, and an enjoyable exploration of what happens when two worlds collide. Enjoyable reading.