What does a young Amish girl do when she has feelings for a young Amish boy, only to lose him when his parents turn Mennonite?
I have never really thought about how it affects the whole family, as well as friends and church members when someone leaves the Amish faith. Its not just the act of leaving that affects the one person, but because the Amish are very connected to each other, when someone leaves, others cant just leave with them without choosing to leave the faith, too.
Jerry has such a unique way of showing the reality of the plain life - and how family and friends live. Even when children are leaving on planned trips or have important things to do, they are expected to do regular chores and keep up with school, church, and family needs on a daily basis and they do their chores without fussing (at least in front of their parents).
Rebecca is a fine example of a young Amish girl who travels to another town to care for a family member when her mother tells her to go, yet she spends most of the time just before the trip helping her family, and willingly takes on her aunts duties for several weeks until her aunt is well enough to handle them.
I was very disappointed in this book! This is the first book I've read by Jerry Eicher and it makes me not want to read any of his other ones. However, I am reading the second book to the series and I'm only on page 41 and it has been ten times better than the first. "Rebecca's Promise" seemed to drag on forever and nothing exciting ever happened. Everything that happened in the first novel could be summed up into one simple paragraph, it was that uneventful. I also didn't really like the way Eicher depicted the Amish in his novels, other Amish novels I have read seem to have a more acurate depiction. I love Amish novels, but this is the worst one I've read so far. I'm definitely hoping the second novel in the series, "Rebecca's Return" keeps being enjoyable. I also have the "Hannah" series by Jerry Eicher and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will not be so boring.