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When an attack destroyed the power grid, Leora Ebersole’s Mennonite community relocated to the mountains. Moses Hughes was the Englischer who had helped everyone to safety. He went missing and joined the militia. When he came back with the militia, Leora questioned following her faith or taking action.
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Publication Date: 2017
An unexpected encounter in the woods deepens Leoras crisis, as does a terrifying new threat that brings Moses militia into the communitys shaky alliance with the few Englischers left among them. When long-held beliefs are once again put to the test, Leora wrestles with the divide between having faith and taking action. Just how much will her shifting landscape change her?
Petersheim completes the tale begun in The Alliance in this entertaining post-apocalyptic romantic adventure. After an electromagnetic pulse permanently changed modern life, Moses Hughes, an Englischer pilot who helped Leora Ebersoles Old Order Mennonite community escape to the mountains, can only hope that her new beau, Jabil Snyder, will make Leora happy. Jabil, the bishops nephew and heir apparent, is a good, kind man and, despite Leoras lingering feelings for Moses, she agrees to marry Jabil. But when Moses, who left the camp after delivering Leora to safety, returns to the Mennonite compound, life quickly becomes complicated and all are forced to face the reality of their feelings. This love triangle is set against the backdrop of a fight for survival, battling nature as well as other humans. The Agricultural Resource Commission, a quasi-government agency, is attempting to violently round up those still living and enslave them in work camps. The Alliance is necessary reading to fully appreciate the characters and plot of this sequel. Petersheim invites readers to contemplate the question of what really matters when nearly all earthly objects are lost.
Hookmeinabook4 Stars Out Of 5A nail-biting conclusion to The AllianceJune 15, 2017HookmeinabookQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The Divide by Jolina Petersheim is the continuing story of Leora Ebersole a young Mennonite girl who is living in a very difficult time. There was an EMP attack that destroyed anything that ran on electricity and has left the world in chaos. The Mennonites were not as affected by the attack because they lived off the land and there lives did not revolve around electronics ( such as cars, cell phones, refrigerators, stoves, grocery stores, etc..) But when the people on the outside ( Englischers) discovered that they had food, they raided and attacked the Mennonite community, The Mennonites were given a choice, fight or run. Because the Mennonites are against any violence, they decided to leave their homes and find a new place to live.
*WARNING* Possible Spoiler alert if you have not read the first book, because this book begins where the last book left off.
It has been 6 months since they left their homes and already they are facing extreme hardships. Winter is upon them and they do not have enough food. They are finding it harder to keep their faith but they know that God will take care of them and sustain them. Then tragedy strikes the community. Several members have gotten sick and died. Leora is really having a hard time accepting that this is what God wants for her and her family and many times she second guesses their decision to run. But everyday she gets up and helps were she can and then goes to the front gate to see if her Englischer friend Moses Hughes has returned but she fears that he is dead. When her Grandmother dies, she is devastated and decides to go with her brother and venture outside the community to see what's left of their home. When they arrive , They are heartbroken when they see what is left, The Englischers had burned their home down and trashed their fields. The only good thing that came out of her trip was that she discovered that Moses had been severely injured, But was alive and was a part of a militia camp several miles away. Leora is torn between searching for Moses ( whom she fell in love with) or returning to the community. After a couple of minutes, they decide to go back to the community but before they can get home, they are met with opposition when a solider with the ARC (The Agricultural Resurgence Commission) tries to take them to a work camp. Forced to make a horrible decision, Leora decides to use violence to guarantee hers and her brothers freedom. When she gets back to the Community, she tries to pretend that nothing happened but her actions weigh heavy on her heart. As the days continue and several more of the members die due to the sickness, Leora is having a even harder time holding onto her faith and the things she was taught since she was born. Surely, God does not want them living like this, But what should she do?
Should she go and find Moses? Should she stay and marry her friend Jabil, who has asked for her hand and has patiently waited for her?
But then they discover an even greater threat, The ARC are convinced that the Mennonites are the key to learning to live off the land and want to capture them and make them work at a work camp. Can Leora, Moses and the Community protect its members without violence or will they perish by the hand of the enemy?
You will have to read the book to find out! ( I can't give away everything that happens in the story)
So what did I think?
First this is a continuation of the story started in The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim and I would not recommend reading this book as a stand alone because you should know what happened before so that you will be able to understand the events that occur during this book, I still like the characters, how they have to stick together in order to survive and how even though at times, both Leora and Moses question and wrestle with their faith, they did not give into the lie that God did not care about them.
I also liked way the Author describes the scenery and landscapes in the book. But what I did not like was all the violence and bloodshed in the book. No it was not graphic but it was more then I wanted to read about. I do understand that we cannot be naive and if an event like this happened, that there would be violence but still, I did not enjoy reading those parts. Overall It was a great conclusion to an interesting story and I give the book 4 out of 5 stars. ****
I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Faith in an Apocalyptic WorldJune 3, 2017MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0This is a hard review to write, because I don't know how I'll do justice to Petersheim's gripping story. I reread her previous book, The Alliance, in preparation for The Divide, and after spending two weeks with the old order Mennonite community in these two books, it's hard to step back and be objective about their ('fictional,' I remind myself) lives.
This novel centers on the tension between Leora Ebersole and her two suitors, community leader Jabil Snyder and Englischer pilot Moses Hughes. Though set in a world rocked by an EMP that destroyed the power grid, the underlying issue is the perennial question of faith and identity. Leora struggles with her lifelong pacifist beliefs in a world now openly shaped by greed, violence, and self-preservation. How much can she compromise and stay true to her faith in a benevolent God? Add to that her conflicting feelings about two men whose words and actions pull her in different directions. She is drawn to the outsider, Moses, who challenges her faith and yet affirms her individuality. She knows Jabil can provide safety and stability, yet feels stifled and awkward when with him. Both men make huge sacrifices for her safety and welfare, and both leave her wishing for more open and honest conversations. Maybe a quote I saw recently on FB summarizes her dilemma - "The biggest misunderstanding about communication is that it has happened." Her life changing decisions become plain when all three of them are forced to face the cost of faith in their new world, communicating that with words AND actions.
But there is another quote that rings through this book - "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." There is plenty of darkness in this book as society crumbles without the conveniences we rely upon, and sin runs rampant. But one of the things I loved about this book was how the light of faith shone in even in the darkest times. Generous acts of love and trust in the eternal purposes of God are woven through every chapter. Even some of the most selfish lives show the power of redemption when they sacrifice themselves for the good of others.
This book made me consider again what is really important in life - how to discern between the many wants and the few real needs we have. I hope I never face the deprivations of a post-EMP world, but whatever my circumstances and whatever the cost, I hope my decisions are motivated by faith and not fear. Petersheim's tale eloquently reminds us that the best measure of any life is love.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5interesting premise for storyJune 1, 2017lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Divide is the sequel to The Alliance written by the same author. The story is unique in posing the question how would different people handle life if the USA was attacked by an EMP. While the Amish and some Mennonite communities are used to living with the essentials and not dependent on anything electronic, other factions of society are very dependent on these convivences.
What happens in the novel shows how it could change or affect peoples beliefs, behaviors and just trying to live each day. The two main characters, Moses and Leora, whom we met in The Alliance, are each trying to do what they can in two different communities. Moses is an interesting character who is drawn to Leora and yet is bound by his choices in the past. Leora has been shouldering the care of her family for years and now it is even harder to provide for them as they seek to find a place to live within the community away from dangerous factions of people who are searching for workers.
The story for me was interesting though some parts were a little hard to stomach such as the killing of animals for food even though the author doesnt overly describe that in too much detail. Leoras choices really seem to change as she experiences life that is on the brink of starvation. Plus, a mercenary group seems to be looking for the community and she acts contrary to what the community adheres to. The conflict in her heart to protect those she loves and the community lead to actions that I am not sure an Amish woman would do. The blooming romance between her and Moses is another factor in the story. He isnt Amish, but the relationship develops and deepens. They get to live in the community. Life is no longer what it once was so these choices might be made when one doesnt know what the next day brings. Through some of it I just wondered if Leora was committed to her Amish beliefs if she would have acted as she did in the tale. Either way I enjoyed the book as well as The Alliance and highly recommend both.
DMSELFAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Satisfying conclusionJune 1, 2017DMSELFAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one of those rare times where I really enjoyed the book and where the pros barely overrode the cons.
I'll start with the cons in this second installment of The Alliance story. The insertion of Sal's POV seemed more of a storyline crutch than any added value. Sure it helped knowing the "other side" of what was happening, but it could have been approached differently in my opinion. The four/five times that the POV was used compared to the alternating POVs of Moses and Lenora was jarring and inconsistent.
The first two thirds of the books seemed draggy, and took a while for things to happen. It did become a chore to read at first. And the last negative point about this book would be the abrupt transition from one scene to another. The first book handled it smoothly, but in The Divide, no matter whose POV, the scene breaks jarred me a little out of the story until I could visualize what was happening to be able to immerse myself into the book again.
As for the positive elements, there are many. The faith element, while strong, was never overpowering. It developed naturally. The doubts, fears, hope, and triumphs gave an eerily authentic feel to the story. Each chapter led me down a path of the story that was captivating and I hungered for the next chapter to see what happened. The last third of the book the pace really picked up. There was one instance where it seemed convenient, but as I looked back, the clues were there, hidden in the dialogue exchange between Moses and Josh.
The story isn't about the EMP, or what happens to society afterwards. It is an intimate look at two lives, from two separate lifestyles, but with the same faith. What do they decided to do? What stand do they make?
This is a solid and satisfying ending to the story of Moses and Lenora. There were no sudden happily ever afters for everyone. There were no convenient endings or solutions. What this book offered was a realistic, enjoyable, and thought provoking story that can be read again and again. And each time, I am sure there will be something new to take away from the reading.
Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Story of choosing between family and faithMay 24, 2017Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Divide, by Jolina Petersheim, is the second book and conclusion of the Alliance series. This is an awesome series. It was well worth the year wait to read the second book. Just like the first book in the series, this book has a lot of depth and twists and turns. I found myself staying up very late to find out what happens. The story is very well developed. We get to know more about the main characters as well as their background. One of the things that is stressed in this series is that violence is not God's way so it is not the Mennonite's way. But Leora has lived a life caring for and protecting those she loves. She wonders if she will have to choose between her family or her faith.
In book one, an attack destroyed the region's power grid and changed the life for everyone. People fled their homes in search of food and shelter. The Old Order Mennonite community became under attack and the community fled to the mountains and built a new community.
Now in the new community they find food was very scarce. People got sick and many died. Bishop Lowell is killed by someone trying to get into the community and Jabil is now the Bishop. AS spring comes the community start gardening and moving toward the future. Leora is torn between clinging to her love for Moses and a life with Jabil. She accepts Jabil's proposal but starts having doubts about being part of the community. Her brother has left the community to join the militia.
Members of the militia have manged to get an old airplane working and have located the Agricultural Resurgence Commission's (ARC) camp. The ARC is going around forcing the people to join their group and work for them. Those who refuse are killed. Some members of the militia decide to take down the ARC.
I think anyone who enjoys reading about the Mennonite life will enjoy this story. As well as anyone who enjoys suspense and romance stories. However, this story does have a fair amount of violence and death
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network. I have chosen to write this honest review.