5 Stars Out Of 5
One Of My Favorite Amish Series--Ever!
August 9, 2012
Tricia Goyer has penned a powerfully moving novel of forbidden love and grace, that takes the reader from Indiana to beautiful Montana, a land of beautiful mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, verdant meadows, and rolling pine-filled hills; in Beyond Hope's Valley, the third installment in The Big Sky Series.
Marianna Sommer is heartbroken when her Amish family decides to leave Indiana to move to Montana, leaving behind everything she has ever known and loved her whole life...including her sweetheart, Aaron Zook. Aaron has built a wonderful home for Marianna, and becoming impatient when she doesn't come back to Indiana right away, Aaron decides to go to her in Montana. However, once there, Marianna finds a peace in the beautiful countryside than she has ever known, coupled with a freedom to serve God in a more personal, intimate relationship, aided by the friendship of a very special man, the Englischer, Ben Stone.
As confusion begins to take hold of Marianna, and fear of her feelings for someone who isn't Amish, Marianna decides to accept Aaron's marriage proposal and return to Indiana with him. However as lies, deception, and secrets begin to surface concerning the parentage of a new baby and a past relationship, and Aaron rebels against Marianna's new found relationship with the Lord, she begins to experience an uneasiness in her soul. Will she be a perfect Amish woman and marry the man of her dreams?...or will Ben continue to haunt them?
This was a wonderful Amish series-one of the best I have ever read! The realistic storyline, humanly flawed, complex characters, and a strong spiritual thread throughout, made this a series I could hardly put down! Tricia Goyer is a master of storytelling, and I am thrilled to have finally gotten acquainted with some of her work. With a satisfying conclusion, I would not only highly recommend this book, but the whole series--I read all three in three days! Very nicely done, Ms. Goyer!
*I received Beyond Hope's Valley from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion.