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St Cloud, FL
3 Stars Out Of 5
A good story about Amish and English supporting each other in a time of need.
February 14, 2015
St Cloud, FL
If you want to see how the English and Amish can work together to overcome a tragedy this will be the book for you. Rosalind told a good story about the two groups of people and how they can become good friends, even if it was a fatal accident that brought them together. She also brings in how the Amish extend forgiveness even when they experience a loss to their own community. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series as I liked the intermixing of the two 'societies'.
I have discovered a wonderful new author in Rosalind Lauer and I have four books, so far, of hers - two from her previous series and two from this one.
I've had to check a couple out at the library but I'm watching for sales at the local Christian Book Stores. And I will be reviewing the second book in this series soon.
Rosalind Lauer is an exceptional author. Even having read her first series, I was not prepared for how great this book would be. It's a great read!
I will say that I'm a bit confused about who exactly is on the cover of the book - typically the cover of the book features the main character but none of the "main" characters of the story fit the picture we see.
Whoever is or is not depicted on the cover, the story inside is exceedingly well-written. Right away, Rosalind Lauer pulls us into this wonderfully simple world. We feel like we are right there with Elsie as she runs the store and Haley as she helps her patients.
And it's always exciting to see crossovers. We get to see some of the characters from Rosalind's first series make appearances in this one. It's wonderful to meet so many new characters and see how they interact with the ones we already know and love. It's just one more facet of Rosalind's talent.
She takes a fresh story and winds it into the community we already feel as though we are a part of.
This is the first book I have read by Rosalind Lauer and it sure won't be my last.
The characters in this book experience pain, deep heartache, loss, grief, and lack of faith. Does time really heal all wounds? Does God make mistakes?
Have we ever felt unloved, lonely, and the desire to fit in? Elsie Lapp is a young lady who is experiencing all these things. As a young Amish girl she feels she can never marry, for who would ever want the likes of her? How can she marry with the deep fear she is hiding? After all, this is God's will for her life isn't it?
Ruben Zook is dealing with his own insecurities and so to make up for what he is feeling he is known as the practical joker and an irritating one at that. What, if anything, can make him change his behavior?
Haley Donovan an English woman training to become a nurse wants to prove to her parents that she can make something of herself. Approval from her parents is very important to her. A broken engagement on her part doesn't mean that she doesn't have control of her life. Is there anyway she can convince her parents?
Dr. Dylan Monroe, a psychologist, running away from his demons that are chasing him. A new start in Amish country is a new beginning for him. Will Halfway, the Amish community, accept him? Just what is Dr. Monroe running from?
God's healing power, his grace, his mercy, is at work in this story. Can lives be changed?
I really enjoyed this book. It is a little different from most Amish fiction that I have read. I found that I wanted the best for every character in this story. They became like family to me.
I am looking forward to the next book that author Rosalind Lauer publishes. I will also be purchasing her previous books to read. Her writing is that good!
I won this book on LibraryThing and received my copy from Random House to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.