I just finished the book over the weekend and I related to Zach because of a previous book that the author had written and I like having a familiar character and story to relate to. Very easy reading and I will read Book #2 that follows which releases next month.
The words "Plain" and "Simple" may be a bit underwhelming to most of us, but in the amish world those are very good things and I would definitely say that the plain and simple story told here about Silas and Suzanne and how their worlds come together is plain, simple, and a very good thing.
Silas Fisher is a broken man; the woman that he was so positive that he was set to marry has decided to take off to California as she isn't so sure that this Amish way of life is for her and wants to spread her wings and fly away. Poor Silas is left to lick his wounds and decides a change of scenery might be a good thing. He is presented with a job opportunity that takes him from Paradise, Pennsylvania to the more rural Pembroke Kentucky. Silas starts over with a new job doing woodworking with the Yoder family. Suzanne Yoder, not your typical amish woman also has a love for woodworking, although her family members can't quite embrace her affinity in that area and so she feels frustrated with her inability to do what she really loves. When these two characters meet at first, they both have a slight aversion to each other- Silas is not fond of Suzanne as her coloring is very similar to the girl who had jilted him and Suzanne wasn't fond of him becasue Silas wouldn't even meet her eyes, Eventually, they see each other for who they really are and the romance between the two is sweet and builds slowly as the story unfolds.
I liked the fact that both characters had some growing up to do in this story and that transpires because they both are grounded in their faith and want to do what God wants. One can't help but love the characters in the story and love the families around them that always try to love and support them even if their opinions can sometimes be a little off. They all meant well of course, but sometimes moms worried too much and brothers had their old-fashioned opinions. It just made the characters real and endearing. The Journey is the first in the Kentucky Brother's series and I have to say I'm hooked now and want to see what happens with next.
I was very fortunate to win this book through the First Reads giveaway program on Goodreads.