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Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Amish Turns of Time
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wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loving this series!!!April 28, 2015wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Olivia did a wonderful job of telling Clara's story and going into how the Amish can have discourse among themselves. Not only did Clara fear being shunned by the church but she felt like she was being shunned by her family, something she didn't share with anyone and bore the hurt herself. Great book, great story, great series and great writing. Can't wait for "Brightest and Best" comes out. Don't get excited it doesn't come out until August, you still have time to read the first two books in this series!
MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Reviewing Meek and Mild....And It Is Wonderful!March 12, 2015MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I am a fan of Amish Fiction and I thoroughly enjoyed reading Meek and Mild by Olivia Newport. The story is about the Amish but is rich with complex issues you aren't looking for in the plain lifestyle. Clara Kuhns' is in love with Andrew Raber but is hesitant to wed. Clara's mother passed away in childbirth, leaving her worried and anxious about having children of her own. Her family is part of an Old Order Amish community. Her mother's family is part of a growing Mennonite group who believe in teaching Sunday School. The Bishop of Clara's community has made it difficult for her to visit with her aunt and cousins by instituting the age old custom of shunning people with different beliefs. As the story developed, I felt impatient with the old order because of this practice.
Truth about a change that began by a vote when Clara was very young comes to light and sends the community on the brink of big change. Reading about what happened was not predictable and the outcome was surprising enough to lead me to appreciate Olivia's writing style. The characters are very well written and I found myself disappointed to put the book down.
I really liked this book because of how it dealt with the heart of the young heroine who has so many questions about life and her faith and feels quite alone. Her stepmother seems to be pushing her out of the home by making her feel unneeded for even the simplest task around the house. Andrew has been tempting fate and the Ordnung with his acquisition of a car found by the side of the road bearing a note asking the finder to please take the car. Cars are not part of the simple life and Clara is worried it may get Andrew Shunned. Andrew takes everything in stride which worries Clara more. It is a twist of fate that changes her heart toward love and marriage.
This new glimpse into the Amish people has given me a chance to do a little extra research afterwards. Suffice it to say that not only is this a wonderful love story, it is a nice work of historical fiction on a difficult period for the Amish. They have succeeded in continuing to live good lives of strong faith and adherence to a lifestyle that has survived since it began in 1693.
rashley4 Stars Out Of 5Gottes wille -- God's willFebruary 24, 2015rashleyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Reading Olivia Newport's second installment in her "Amish Turns of Time," series was a pleasant experience. I have read a lot of fiction and nonfiction about the Amish, as their culture intrigues me. This novel was the first that I have read that was based on actual historical events. It should have been the first! I am grateful for Newport's research into these stories and the liberties that she took so that they could come alive for us today. She addresses far more then the main topics that so many other Amish fiction addresses. She subtly mentions other nuances of the Amish culture throughout the book without bringing a lot of light to them. This allows the reader to more fully engage with the characters and gain insight into their struggles and joys.
Kara Peck4 Stars Out Of 5Meek and MildFebruary 23, 2015Kara PeckQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I will say first off that this book had more to offer than I expected. It's been awhile since I have read a book set in the life of the Amish. I started this book with the expectation of a predictable and serene plot. I was quickly made aware that there was going to be more conflict than I expected. The characters in Meek and Mild are strong voiced, which I appreciate. I could hear their hearts and minds. I typically read very plot and action driven books, which demand a strong character to carry the action through. Taking it down a notch to a slower pace was really enjoyable with this book. The main characters are faced with more conflict and conviction that I did not see coming. I felt that although I could not relate to the lifestyle of the characters, I could relate to their struggles. I appreciate that in a book. It was made relevant to me, rather than an escape style book full of easy living. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a gentle book. It has plenty to offer a thinker and those who are tired of predictable plots. Although it's not an action packed book I was surprised at quite a few points.
*I was given a copy of this book, however I am under no obligation to read or post a review*
sgreene014 Stars Out Of 5Meek and MildFebruary 8, 2015sgreene01Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This was my first experience of reading a book by Olivia Newport. This was a pleasant read revealing pieces of Amish history dating back to the late 1800s-early 1900s. As one who lives close to "Amish country" and has Amish friends, I found it interesting to learn the conflicts that existed within the Old Order Amish which resulted in the forming of the Beachy Amish. Clara Kuhn is faced with choosing family relationships with family members who have separated from the Old Order Amish to a more progressive group, or be punished within her Old Order Amish church for continuing those relationships. A friction within the Old Order as to enforcing the "Meidung" (Shunning) leads to many questions and much searching as Clara and others must discern Gottes wille (God's will) for them. Add in a love for Andrew Raber, who is patiently waiting for Clara's answer to his marriage proposal, her hesitations, his questioning of faith, a Model T, babies, and a few "troublemakers" within the church family, and you have a very good read. I did feel there were so many characters names, that at times it became hard to keep them straight. Thanks to Barbour Publishing for sending me the book for my honest review.
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