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Until I Love Again #2, St. Lawrence County Amish Series, by Jerry S. Eicher
Susanna's freedom during her rite of passage during her adolescence goes a bit further than she wants her family to know about. Her father is not pleased, but what he hasn't told her is he fathered a child during the time of his own rite of passage. Ernest Helmuth is a widower who knows about the child, but has said nothing as of yet, because he plans on having Susanna as his bride. Her baptism approaching, Susanna knows that time is running out to make her choice. Should she stay with her family or go to live with the Englisha she has come to love? With Ernest Helmuth watching, that decision might not be hers to make.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: St. Lawrence County Amish
What if the only way to avoid total rejection was to marry or run?
Susanna's freedom during her rumspringa time goes a bit further than she wants her family to know. A birthday sign innocently placed on a gas station billboard condemns Susanna as she realizes her relationship with an Englisha has become far too close.
Her daett is not pleased, but what he hasn't told her is that he himself fathered a child during his own rumspringa. Widower Ernest Helmuth knows about the child, but has said nothing as of yet. He plans on having Susanna as his bride.
With her baptism approaching, Susanna knows that time is running out to make her choice: stay with her family or go to live with the Englisha she has come to love.
With Ernest Helmuth watching, that decision might not be hers to make.
Jerry Eicher taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He writes of his experience growing up Amish in his memoir My Amish Childhood. Jerry has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. He lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Second book in series!October 1, 2016The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Until I Love Again by Jerry S. Eicher is second book in The St. Lawrence County Amish series. Susanna Miller is the final days of her rumspringa. She is friends with Englischer, Joey Macalister. On Susannas birthday, Joey has a birthday greeting put up on the sign at the seed and feed store. Susannas father, Ralph is not pleased. Ralph has given Susanna a lot of leeway during her rumspringa (which Susanna managed to extend quite far without his knowledge), but that is now at an end. Susannas parents insist that she start taking Baptismal classes and start keeping her close to home. They are even talking with Widower Ernest Helmuth wishes to marry Susanna (he is very determined). He knows the secret that Ralph Miller has kept from his daughter. Susanna is taking the classes, but she is not sure she wishes to stay Amish. Susanna needs to decide which life is really for her: Amish or English. Will Ralphs secret help Susanna with her decision and how will affect Susanna (and her family)?
I found Until I Love Again to be a little unrealistic. No one (not even in the Amish) can be forced to marry in this day and age. I did not understand why any father would want their daughter to marry Ernest Helmuth (he was obsessed and not in a good way). I had trouble enjoying this book, because it felt unreal. If it was set in the 1800s I could understand (a wee bit), but not in 2016 in the United States. While Until I Love Again is the second book in the series, it can be read alone. The book is heavy on the religious aspect which I found unappealing. It needed a lighter touch. The writing is nice and the book is easy to read (flows well). It is just not my favorite book by this author. I give Until I Love Again 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay).
I received a complimentary copy of Until I Love Again in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5My heart was bleeding for SusannaSeptember 21, 2016wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5OH MY, OH MY, OH MY! It has been a while since I've read one of Jerry's books and boy have I been missing out. Susanna's story made my heart bleed! Why would she be blamed for a sin that was not even committed by her? Not only does her family treat her differently but the community even seems to reject her, except for a man she does not love. Will her faith be enough for her to stay? This is a MUST read, one you will not want to put down until you discover which direction her life goes.
Thank you to Harvest House Publishers and Jerry S. Eicher for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
Lorraine AAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Until I Love AgainSeptember 16, 2016Lorraine AAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I didnt realize when I got this book from NetGalley and started reading it that it was the second in a series. I dont think it really matters though as it seems to work well as a stand-alone.
Susanna Miller was in her rumspringa and was enjoying the company of Joey an English boy. She loved going to his parents house. His mother taught Susanna to play the piano and she loved it.
Her father had always been lenient with her and she would later find out why. After her father had gone to town and seen the giant Happy Birthday sign that Joey had put out for her, it was decided that her rumspringa must end. It was also decided that, since none of the young Amish men wanted her, she was to marry widower Ernest Helmut and help raise his two little girls.
I dont like Ernest at all. Hes very arrogantnot a good trait for an Amish man. He loves Susanna and knows she doesnt love him. He acts as though hes doing her a favor by marrying her when no one else will have her. He even knows the reason. A secret still not revealed to her.
Read this well written book to find out what the secret is and how it affects Susanna. Does she give in and marry Ernest?
tish5 Stars Out Of 5Lovely storySeptember 15, 2016tishQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A lovely story about a Amish girl Susanna on her rumspringa.. . She meets a boy who is English by the name of Joey. It is a story of her life and a secret her parents have kept from her. It is touching and a book you can not put down. Great story line and beautifully written. .Thanks for letting me read this book for a review.This is the second book in this series.
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5different perspective on AmishSeptember 11, 2016Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ernest Helmuth is very persistent and controlling, and he is determined to have Susanna as his new bride. His two little girls are just adorable and need a new mother. His sister has been kind enough to help him care for his home and his daughters, but she is of marriageable age herself and is very fond of a young Amish man in the church. Susanna enjoyed her rumspringa time a little too much for her family and the community's taste. But does that explain why she hasn't been invited to ride home with anyone from the singings? Susanna has met a wonderful Englisha friend in Joey and his family as well. They are very good friends but her family does NOT approve. Will he lead her away from the church or will she marry Ernest and stay? and what is the secret that Ernest is holding over her head?
This book is very interesting. I did wonder though about the treatment that Susanna receives from the Amish community and the eligible young men? I don't want to spoil the story for readers in telling what this treatment is and why she receives it, but in other Amish novels, I thought things were done in a different way for young people in her position. The author was raised in an Amish home so I'm sure he is correct. I wonder why other authors show a different perspective? This does make the plot very unique compared to others I have read. Readers will enjoy learning about the Amish and Susanna's love interests.
I rated this book 4 stars and am sure that other readers will love this book.
I received an ebook from netgalley and a print copy from the author and publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.