I have to start off saying How very much I love Amish fiction! Beth Wiseman is one of my very favorite authors in this genre (Her and Suzanne Fisher Woods are at the top of my list!!) her books are always thought provoking and heartfelt!
This book in no way disappointed me, the main character Emily and her family face a situation that is difficult in most regular settings, but in the Amish community its very nearly unheard of! The descriptions in the book of life in the Colorado mountains was both beautiful and though provoking! I was impressed with the details she (Beth Wiseman) thought to include in the book when describing it! (But again, this is common with Wiseman's books, to include beautiful descriptions and details that give it a very real feeling!).
I don't want to talk too much about the actual story line, its so focused around a certain event, that I don't want to ruin it for those that are looking to read it! However I will say that this is another great book by Beth Wiseman, and I KNOW you won't be disappointed in this story!
This was a great book. A bit confusing in the first chapter, what was going on did become clear pretty quickly. The characters felt real, and their reactions and responses seemed pretty realistic most of the time. And I found that I really cared about them.
I loved that this story takes place in Colorado. I'm positive I've never read any other Amish Fiction taking place in this state... and I hope there will be more coming.
Spoiler warning: As in evident from the description, Emily has some issues. From reading the first chapter, I knew that Emily had been raped, definitely by someone she knew, probably someone she liked. Honestly, had I known that was the big tragedy in the publisher's description, I probably would not have read the book, so I guess I'm glad I didn't know.
Wiseman does an amazing job of showing a variety of very real responses on the part of pretty much everyone in Emily's family. Emily is clearly fearful in chapter one, and her road to being able to trust again is fairly rocky, with progress being made only to be lost in an instant for no apparent reason. Anger, shame, guilt, paranoia, loss of faith... honestly, I broke down in tears more than once in the story. I really wanted to be able to take Emily into my arms and do something so she would stop feeling like damaged goods.
Emily was far from the only character I wanted to sit down and chat with. In a good way... I know with some books, I just want to slap the characters and tell them to get a grip. These characters were real people though, and mostly I wanted to be able to put an arm around them and help them see a different point of view.
I read this book in the space of about 12 hours... only taking that long because I had to sleep. And I started re-reading the book already.
Disclaimer: As Booksneeze Blogger, I did receive this book for free from Thomas Nelson. No other compensation was received.
This is probably one of Beth's best books ever! My biggest mistake again, was starting to read at bedtime. Needless to say I set my alarm the next morning to continue reading when I should of been finishing my Christmas to do list. It takes place in Colorado & you will laugh & cry. Be prepared for a great read. This is a 10 thumbs up!!