I remember my first visit to Lancaster County as a little girl and being fascinated by the horse drawn black buggies. As a fan of Little House on the Prairie, it seemed like a place lost in time. Amish books have grown in popularity and I have enjoyed many of Wanda Brunstetter's books, many of them being series books. These novellas were especially unique in that they were very short books that end with a cliff hanger that leads right into the next book. Originally published 6 months apart, I enjoyed being able to read them as one complete novel back to back. I expect that they will probably be released as one complete novel in the future.
Goodbye to Yesterday is the opening novella that sets up the series. Because of this, it is one of the slower novels. But, it is the one that makes you fall in love with the characters and ties the whole series together. More than any other book in the set, this is the one that made me want to read them all. In this book we are introduced to newlyweds, Luke and Meredith, whose financial struggles are putting a strain on their marriage. Out of desperation, Luke decides to travel to Indiana to take on a new trade that would give him job security. But, during his travels he meets with a disaster that keeps the couple separated for over a year (and 5 more books).
The novels in the series make for excellent reads but the small books are harder to handle and read plus they are really pricey. My Mother who is 88 had the same complaint. I hope this is the last venture into this format.
Luke and Meredith Stolzfus had been married a little over a year. Their relationship was great until Luke was laid off his job. Financial worry put a strain on their marriage. When Luke was offered a business opportunity by his uncle in Middlebury, Indiana, he gladly accepted. But he had to be gone for two weeks. Meredith felt he shouldn't leave Bird-In-Hand, PA.
Luke still made the trip to Indiana. She couldn't wait for his return; she had something important to tell him. She anxiously waited for Luke to call to let her know he arrived at his uncle's. The story ends with Meredith waiting for a call that doesn't look like is going to be made.
The main characters are Luke and Meredith. The reader meets their family members along the way. A drug addict, Alex Mitchell, is also introduced in the story. I thought it was a bit odd how his life was so detailed yet I didn't learn as much about Luke and Meredith.
Wanda Brunstetter has a simple writing style that I enjoy.
Readers may not like that this is not an entire book. This story is a novella and is meant read to be with the rest of the series. You won't learn much from just reading this novella by itself. Meredith kept obsessing so much over the weather that I thought I knew what was going to happen but I was surprised. Maybe this series of novellas won't be as predictable as most usually are. I personally like Amish novellas - probably because the happy endings are so predictable. Who doesn't enjoy a happy ending?
The Discovery - A Lancaster County Saga Serial Novel:
#1 Goodbye to Yesterday
#2 The Silence of Winter
#3 The Hope of Spring
#4 The Pieces of Summer
#5 A Revelation in Autumn
#6 A Vow for Always
I received a free copy of this book from The Christian Manifesto and Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.