Annie Shirack has loved David Plank since they were kids, but his illness is driving a huge wedge between them, in fact he has decided that it is best for them to not see each other. That way if he dies Annie won't be left a young widow. This makes Annie so upset, she feels like he is not giving it a chance. With the death of her parents and still living in her childhood home, she feels like she is an extra weight on her older brother Luke, and his wife Leah. Leah is always complaining that Annie is not helping enough around the house, but she works in town at the bakery with David's mom and gives her money to Luke to help with expenses. A fateful day when a desperate young man walks into the bakery and pulls a gun, throws Annies' entire world into an upheaval. The young man is caught and taken to jail, leaving a girlfriend living in their van with their little three year old daughter. Annie takes them home, certain that helping someone in need is what she is to do.
What I loved about this book: Kelly Irvin is a wonderful storyteller and she brings these characters to life with her writing. Annie has a good heart and loves to help others, David also has a big heart and opens it to allow a little Englisch girl who is dying with leukemia into his world.
What I didn't like about this book: Leah, Annie's sister-in-law is so harsh, I just wanted to shake her good. I was happy that Luke straightened her up. It was hard to read the little girl's story too, it breaks my heart that little children have to suffer with diseases like cancer.
My final thoughts: This was a book I could not stop reading until the end of the book. I loved it! Kelly Irvin writes stories that make you feel like you know the characters personally! 332 pages US $13.99 5 stars
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This Amish story has twists and turns to keep you turning pages and also tangles to make you believe the characters are real. Several of the Amish in this story work in town where they are exposed to the local Englisch residents who don't understand Amish standards. This story gives the reader family, relationships, heartache, and forgiveness. A couple of the characters in the story you love at times and then at other times, you'd like to shake some sense into them. It's a good read with strong, memorable characters.
Annie Shirack, Miriam Yoder and Planks Pastry and Pie shop owner, Sadie Plank are witnesses when a frightened young man robs the shop. The police say they must testify against the thief, who was apprehended in minutes. As Amish, the women easily forgive and refuse to testify in an â€˜Englischer' court.
The town mayor, Gwendolyn Haag, also in the shop when the robber shot out the door and windows of the place, insists the women must testify against the young man.
The book opens with this exciting scene and like all good writing, tension then fills nearly every page of the story.
Annie loves Sadie's son, David, who is receiving chemotherapy for cancer. David meets Willow, a single mother. Her daughter, Kinsey is also fighting cancer.
Miriam loves Annie's brother, Josiah, the â€˜bad boy' of the Amish group. Josiah fights his attraction for Sarah, who wants to join the â€˜Plain people'. Is Sarah for real?
Sergeant Dylan Parker is attracted to Annie, but knows the Amish don't marry outside the clan.
Annie meets the robber's pregnant girlfriend, Charisma Chiasson and three -year old daughter, Grace. She takes them home. Money is tight in the household but Annie knows she must help the mixed up young woman. More complications to a gripping tale!
The story explains the Amish as normal people who gossip, love each other, try to obey the rules and live simple lives. A well-written story.
What a wonderful follow-up to "To Love and to Cherish". There are so many different storylines intersecting each other. I found it heartrending, heartwarming, and gripping up to the end. In short, this was an excellent read!!
As I began reading this Amish novel, I thought to myself, "Oh this is the same old stuff. An Englischer gets involved with an Amish person, a person gets ill, there are challenges as the lifestyles clash." Boy , was I wrong!! This was a unique, intriguing story. The characters are so well described that you can imagine their looks and their personalities- they become very dear friends. You suffer with them in their problems and rejoice in their successes. Kelly has developed her characters in a realistic fashion, so that they could be people you would meet in the Amish community setting.
The plot was exciting and had many twists and turns. It kept you thinking throughout the book . I was unable to predict what would happen next. Kelly did a fantastic job of having more than one theme going on in the book. There were actually two stories that fit together. Very different and fantastic.
Logan, is the "bad guy" , an Englischer , who tries to rob the bakery run by the Amish , saying he has to do it to feed his family. A shot is fired and he ends up in jail, against the wishes of the Amish community whose faith says forgiveness is the answer not punishment. His girlfriend, pregnant and with a little girl arrives on the scene, homeless, with no money. That is again where the Amish pull together. Annie who was threatened at the bakery , takes it upon herself to show compassion and help this young mom.
Meanwhile, Annie's intended, David is suffering from cancer and undergoing treatment. He is not dealing well with this challenge and his story becomes a second important part of the plot of the book. Will God change things to heal him and his relationship with Annie?
Will Logan have to go to jail? Will his girlfriend forgive him? The end of the book was a total surprise. I sincerely hope there is a sequel. I WANT to know what happens next!!
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