1. The Englisch Daughter: A Novel
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    The Englisch Daughter: A Novel
    Cindy Woodsmall
    WaterBrook / 2020 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 10 Reviews
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  1. Kansas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Forgiveness is Important
    March 28, 2020
    Ihopeyoudance
    Kansas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am a fan of Cindy Woodsmall. Amish fiction is not my "go to" genre but Cindy has a way of creating unique Amish stories. I will be honest and say this simply was not the book for me. I know many others have loved it so this is just my personal opinion. I was expecting something a lot different and while this story holds a lot of difficult real life topics, I cringed most of my way through the book. Not necessarily because of the tough situation but because of how it was written into the story line. There were a few times I wasn't sure if I was reading Amish fiction or not. There were times I was really surprised that the story kept going. BUT the key thing that I think is important is that forgiveness matters. Not just to those you need to forgive but also for yourself in order to move on. I think that part of the issue is that the healing process in this book happens way too fast and I found that to be incredibly unrealistic for the situation. Yes, you can forgive but trust and healing take a lot of time.

    I am sure some folks will love this book and relate to it. It was not for me but I am eager to read Cindy's next book.

    Three Stars.

    "I received this book from WaterBrook for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."
  2. Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Different light of the Amish
    March 26, 2020
    daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    This was an interesting story, you could tell that there were two different voices joined together to create the story. The story, as you can tell from the cover design, is Amish and the people involved are Amish. So to me, the name "Englisch" daughter is just a bit of a misnomer.

    Typically I enjoy Cindy Woodsmall's stories built upon Amish lives, but this one I just found as being just okay. Both authors cover's issues that apparently are more rampant in the community than you typically read in other Amish books. So what I took from it, is that the Amish that we perceive as being innocent and devoid of the temptations that non-Amish have, is incorrect.

    Overall, I thought it was an okay book. Glad I read it, but I probably wouldn't bother putting on my bookshelf to read again in the future.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah, in exchange for my honest review.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Glance At Amish Life
    March 26, 2020
    Jody
    This was an exceptionally fascinating and diverse interpretation of an Amish marriage. I do not think I have ever perused a book that secured this subject. The subject being unfaithfulness, in a marriage, and the outcome being an infant covered up until conditions destroyed that right. It was unusual to see phones and Ubers right now. This was a brisk perused, which was decent. In the event that you are searching for another glance at Amish life, this one is for you.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher Waterbrook Multnomah, in exchange for my honest review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Forgiveness and Faith
    March 25, 2020
    bsnksmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    With themes of forgiveness and faith, The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall, tests the limits of what can be forgiven within the marriage bond.

    Roy and Jemima and their family have already survived the worst that could happen, or so it seems. Nearly killed in a buggy versus truck crash, Roy and oldest daughter, Laura, are still healing. Throw into the mix a troubled pregnancy that puts Jemima on bed rest while her family heals and there is a disconnect. As she returns home, she and Roy are sure they've come back stronger than before. Then, Roy begins acting strangely, disappearing overnight, glued to his cell phone, and distant with his wife. When she discovers that the money she has been saving toward her dream of a food truck is gone, Jemima is devastated. What could possibly be so important to Roy that he would throw their future away like that?

    Roy is being torn apart, bit by bit. Evidence points to him as the father of a child he has no memory of making, with a woman who is not his wife. He knows he was addicted to some pretty heavy pain pills after the accident, but they never caused him to lose his memory before. For the last year, he has been paying the rent, paying for the hospital costs of the baby's birth, buying diapers, and supporting the woman and her child. Her demands for money have drained all of his savings accounts, even the one his wife and sister shared for their food truck. Just as he is ready to confess all to Jemima, Tiffany gives him the ultimatum: Pay up, or I'm selling the baby to the highest bidder who wants to adopt her. Can he save the baby, and if he does, will his marriage survive?

    While the main story of the book centers around Roy and Jemima and their marriage, there is a secondary couple, Chris and Abigail, that also gets a lot of play. Chris is a new hire on Roy's horse farm. Thrown out of his Amish community for bare knuckles boxing, Chris comes to Roy under a cloud of suspicion, but his willingness to jump in during a dangerous outbreak of disease in Roy's horses goes a long way toward earning trust. Abigail is Roy's younger sister. She teaches in the Amish school and helps Roy with the horses after school. As she works with Chris, their mutual attraction lights their hearts, but Abi didn't get to be 27 and unmarried for no good reason! When she discovers Chris' "flaw", she slams the door on ever having a relationship. Can Chris get her to see that maybe she's judging him unfairly?

    Cindy and Erin Woodsmall don't shy away from topics that are uncomfortable, and the Amish dictate that - no matter the offense - all must forgive is a hard one to grasp. I understood the difficulty Jemima had in forgiving her husband. He not only stole her dream of a food truck, he stole her trust in their fidelity. With four children to raise, she doesn't really have any outlets. Chris, in trying to help his brother, chose the wrong avenue - fighting - and wound up an outcast. Abigail spent years helping at her uncle's recovery house, seeing the men who came through addicted. She sees flaws in every man she has ever dated because those same flaws came through the recovery house. I liked each of the characters, even Roy was redeemable.

    Readers of Amish fiction will especially enjoy The Englisch Daughter, and I think this might also fall into the women's fiction category. It's not a full-on romance, although there is romance in the story. I finished it in a day and a half once I got going. I definitely recommend!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A fabulous story
    March 25, 2020
    DBWillard
    The Englisch Daughter is another great read by Cindy Woodsmall. This story

    will grab you from the beginning which is what I expect from every great book.

    This author is a fabulous storyteller and unlike some of the Amish stories I have read this book finds the characters in believable situations and not just a pre conceived notion of Amish life. The characters become like real humans as you read the developing storyline. I would find myself sympathetic toward each of their actions or inactions.

    The book will keep you reading right to the last page and then wanting more!

    Cindy Woodsmall has a gift and her writing displays it.

    I received this book for an honest review. No compensation was received. #waterbrookmutnomah, #cindywoodsmall, #amishfiction
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