My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It seems there is a plethora of Amish fiction books out there, and many are very well-written. I can name off several authors that have become best-sellers in this genre. But I believe that with this book, another author needs to join these ranks as well. In fact, with this book, Charlotte Hubbard has moved to the top of my list of Amish authors! I have loved her writings for some time, but this book has to be the perfect Amish book! it has everything–romance, mystery, reality, true love, and a few twists along the way. I was so captivated by this book that I hated to put it down, and every time I read it, I basically devoured it. Very few books can cause me to tingle with excitement, but this book certainly provided that sensation!
I remember telling my mom halfway through the book that I truly wasn’t sure how the book would end. And the series is far from over (I hope). I marveled at what someone was willing to do for love because I have never known such selfless love as that (except from my mom and daughter). There is much humor, spiritual lessons, and a mesmerizing representation of the Amish communities. Charlotte never passes judgment on the English or the Amish (in fact, she leaves all judgment calls up to the reader). The Christian lessons are so entwined within the story that the reader never feels like he/she is bombarded with religion.
The characters are delightful in the extreme, and the reader won’t find anything problematic within the book. There’s one time where one of the characters is almost perceived as swearing, but another character puts a godly spin on it (I found that detail quite charming amongst many others in the book). If you have not read the first two books in the series, you can jump on in with this story, but you may wish to the first two for optimum enjoyment of this book. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone out there even if you are not familiar with the Amish. I believe you will be in for an emotional, eye-opening, rip-roaring time!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.