I haven't read the other books, but found this book rather good,it can certainly be read as a stand alone book. The characters in the book all seemed like they were real people. This book touches on alcoholism, death, people not being as kind as they could be and others who are downright mean, infertility and even rules over helping someone in trouble. Spoilers below alert.
I felt the book wrapped up quicker than I was ready for, Jesse's initial motivation to become Amish was for a woman, rather than for any real conviction that it was the life for him. I would have liked seeing a little more into the Bishop's character and what he felt about Katie's marriage and pregnancy, and how he felt about many of the Amish moving away. I enjoyed the book but likely wont hunt up the others in the series.
A perfect end to a great series, this final book in the Amish of Apple Grove Series was the best of them all. It takes up the story of Jesse, the cheeky cowboy we met in the first book. We follow as his character moves from flighty, irresponsible drunkenness to develop a strength and depth we can truly admire. Along the way, we learn about grief, alcoholism, and the history of cattle barons and antisepsis in medicine. The action starts early in the book and keeps you turning pages till the very end. Although it could stand alone, I'm so glad I read it to end the series - so satisfying. I cant recommend it enough!