Although Ted was the most traveled and somewhat contemporary-minded in his Old Order Mennonite fellowship, he was shocked when he met the woman he was to pick up at the airport. She was more modest than many around her, but definitely not what he was expecting. He couldnt even imagine what the rest of the congregation would think when they got a look at her. But much to his surprise and dismay, most seemed to accept her. She tries hard to honor their ways, but still be herself and strive to accomplish her mission. Despite her mistakes and many blunders, she seems to fit in, which befuddles him she reads her Bible on her cell phone in a community where no one even owns a dishwasher or microwave. But he couldnt ignore his growing attraction for her when he begins to look at her heart. She finds him rigid, but kind, smart, and even very appealing in spite of his plain clothes and black hat sometimes because of them. But can they ever agree on anything other than agreeing to disagree? Will they ever be able to succeed with her plan to help the church reach out more effectively? Too many of her ideas are not of their Mennonite ways. Time passes quickly, even more quickly with an unexpected turn of events that forces them to work even more closely together. Just when Ted thought he knew Miranda, will she surprise him once again? How can two believers both Mennonite, but so different -- fit into each others lives? What do they do with their growing feelings? Can two people with such diverse traditions stay on the narrow path and commit to one another? This was a delightful story that I enjoyed very much. Congratulations, Gail, on sharing a story that not only entertains, but shows us that we should never be too quick to judge nor not make time to listen. And we should always look past the outside and at the heart. Ill be looking forward to your next book.
Though the cover may allude to being of the Amish genre, THE NARROW PATH was no such novel. An original story about the Mennonite community and a young woman who enters from the outside.Miranda has been hired by a Mennonite community to create a Christmas play, but can she adapt to this new culture for a year and can she really fall in love with a young man, rooted in his ways?I enjoyed this book. It was fresh and original from what I normally read in the Amish genre. There was humor and a love story that was completely unpredictable- at least for me. When it got down to the wire between Miranda and Ted, I wasnt sure what way it was going to go. And the ending wasnt rushed.My favorite part of the book was when Ted and Miranda would meet for meals. There was humor there that made me chuckle and smile.It is not your typical run of the mill story. I wasnt sure if a story about planning a Christmas play could hold my attention, but it did and I enjoyed the chance to read this novel. Its a fast read, but also one with uniqueness that captivated me.I received my copy from the author to influence. I received no compensation for this review.