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A mysterious power outage causes Moses Hughes's small plane to crash near Leora Ebersole's Old Order Mennonite town and cuts the electricity at the country store, leaving Englischer's stranded because their car batteries are dead. Now the pacifist community must partner with the outsiders to survive. Leora's family and neighbors must protect their lifestyle from English influence.
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
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Moses offers a sobering theory, but no one can know how drastically life is about to change. With the only self-sustaining food supply in the region, the Pacifist community is forced to forge an alliance with the handful of stranded Englischers in an effort to protect not only the food but their very lives.
In the weeks that follow, Leora, Moses, and the community will be tested as never before, requiring them to make decisions they never thought possible. Whom will they help and whom will they turn away? When the community receives news of a new threat, everyone must decide how far theyre willing to go to protect their beliefs and way of life.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5wonderfulJune 28, 2017ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was quite different than I expected when I began to read this. I didnot know this would be dystopian with Amish but I loved it. This was well written and I loved the characters. I hope nothing like this ever happens because I really don't know how I would handle it. I loved the characters of Leora and Moses. I look foreward to reading The Divide soon. I received a. Loy of this book from bookfun.org for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5"Plain" Look at Coming ApocalypseJune 7, 2017MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book and its sequel, The Divide, are not the easiest books to read. Who wants to think of the world as we know it changing suddenly and forever? But Petersheim makes it worth the angst as she weaves complex characters in a well-researched setting. And though (hopefully) we may never face their situation, the questions they wrestle with are ours daily: How much are we willing to compromise for the sake of our family? What would we hold on to at all costs? For whom would we risk everything?
This is not your average "plain" romance. Leora's suitors, Jabil and Moses, have very different visions of what her future can and should be. Her sister, Anna, is frozen in childhood of by a closed head injury that she feels responsible for. A cranky grandmother and missing father - all these relationships and more show us the many facets of this young woman's heart. The imagery is fantastic - the stockade wall the leaders of the Mennonite community are willing to erect to protect their dwindling supplies, if the Englicshers stranded among them will defend it. And then finally (*spoiler alert!) this wall coming down as surely as Leora's resistance to her love for the forbidden Moses! Despite the carnage and desolation, I found this a hopeful book, and couldn't wait for the second in the series. Petersheim's fluid prose gives us a vivid glimpse into not only Leora's heart, but our own.
jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The AllianceJune 3, 2017jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim is the first in this apocalyptic series set in an Old Order Mennonite community in Montana which is continued with the novel, The Divide. From the first page in which a small plane crashes in their Mennonite community, and everyone tries to rescue and aid the injured pilot, the reader is pulled into this world. A world changed by a warhead that sets off a huge electromagnetic pulse that wipes out the power grid.
The pilot, Moses Hughes, is the first to recognize this possibility. His background as a soldier equips him to foresee that this community is going to be under siege by desperate people who will fight to save themselves and their families. The communitys resources will be a chief draw for those who lack what these Mennonites have. He also is one of the few who will use force against them to protect this community who do not believe in violence. He has faced the enemy before and will not hesitate to protect and defend.
Young Leora Ebersole has had to manage and provide for her family from the day that her father abandoned them. Soon after her mothers death, she assumes family leadership, caring for her grandma, her younger brother and sister. Her neighbor, Jabil, would have gladly married her and assumed responsibility for all of them, but strong, self-reliant Leora refuses his offer. Nothing has prepared her (or any of the community) for the challenge ahead.
This is a wonderful story, exploring the unimaginable collapse of the civilized, technologically- dependent world. A very plausible plot, beautifully written. I recommend this book that I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to reading the continuing, compelling story of this pacifist community that forms an alliance with a small number of stranded Englischers to protect their resources and their lives.
eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Terrifyingly RealisticJanuary 5, 2017eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I don't spend a lot of time reading Amish or Mennonite fictionit just isn't my preferenceso I guess it isn't surprising that this is my first read authored by Jolina Petersheim. As is often the case for me, the cover is a major drawing factor, perhaps more so this time around because I wouldn't ordinarily pick up a book with a black buggy on the cover. Kudos have to go to the designer: the elements are juxtaposed in such a way that I had to ask how a buggy, an airplane, and a clothesline could possibly go together, and the mysterious haze blanketing everything else necessitated my reading the back of the book. Once the plot synopsis of this novel piqued my interest, the first page became automatic and the story was nearly impossible to put down!
There are a lot of things to enjoy here: an intriguing plot, realistic characters, mounting tension and suspense, and a culture clash that leaves the reader unsettled at even the calmer moments in the story. Several times I found myself wondering how something the author had set up could possibly work, and every time, not only did it work, it pulled me even further into the unlikely world Petersheim creates for the reader. How can a pacifist community protect itself from a society that will not hesitate to steal and kill to promote its own survival? Will the Mennonites and Englishers be able to get along and help each other, or will they tear apart their new world from the inside?
Petersheim sets her novel in a faith community and allows that faith to be repeatedly tested, sometimes with success, and other times the characters fail. They are not perfect, which makes them both more realistic and more endearing. I wondered how I would handle the various situations and compared my reactions to theirs, questioning my faith and even humanity. None of us can know for sure how we would respond and I appreciate that this book allows me to explore the landscape of my own mind and heart while viewing things from the safety of fiction.
This book is at once outstanding and terrifying, made more so by the frighteningly plausible scenario the reader is immersed in from the opening page. I would highly recommend this novel to anyoneyes, anyone who reads and has the maturity to handle apocalyptic fiction. It has elements of romance, action, suspense, and mystery, with characters to root for and questions that need to be answered. My only word of caution would be to wait until the next book comes out if you are a reader who can't stand a cliffhanger because this novel leaves us waiting impatiently for the conclusion in the upcoming release, The Divide.
I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org), but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
Britney Adams5 Stars Out Of 5The AllianceNovember 12, 2016Britney AdamsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The Alliance is an engaging, thought-provoking novel! Jolina Petersheim deftly portrays her characters and their emotions, beckoning readers into the harsh new reality of their world. Dramatic and suspenseful, I loved experiencing the reactions of this Old Order Mennonite community and look forward to continuing their story!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.