My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am so thrilled to be reviewing yet another amazing Amish book by such a prolific author. I have said it before, and I will continue to say it. Naomi King/Charlotte Hubbard is the preeminent Amish author on the market today. And I honestly don’t say that because I have come to know her through our working relationship–that certainly helps. But her books are so different from the typical Amish fare. Her female protagonists are not shrinking violets who do exactly what their men tell them to, and they are not afraid to revel in all aspects of marriage. Her male characters are constantly struggling with being the head of their household and loving the sweet women in their lives who keep the family going no matter what. It is the perpetual friction between the old ways and the new ways that keep the story lines exhilarating and not always traditional.
Whenever I start one of her books, I am always certain that the current one cannot possibly top her other triumphs. And guess what–she always proves me wrong! I find genuine humor, raw and unabashed emotion, and a true reliance on Christ. Another thing I can always count on is the twists and turns that will occur within the book. So often, I can guess the formula of the book, but not so with this author! The one thing that consoled me in the middle of the book is that I knew she would not let the bishop get away with what he did. (I’m not saying what he did. No spoilers–you have to read the book!)
What I appreciate most of all about Naomi/Charlotte is that she always emphasizes the gospel. Sometimes when I read other Amish books, I find myself questioning the salvation of the Amish characters. I know it depends on the district and the bishop, but so many Amish rely on following all the rules to get to heaven. And readers of her books will see those characters. But invariably, the main characters come to realize that being a true believer is not about following all the rules. It is about a relationship with the Creator of the Universe. And as long as that comes first, they can decide to follow the rules if that is what God has called them to do.
If you love Amish, Christian, clean romances, and really good stories, this is the book for you. It is full of wisdom, depth, warmth, and real life. If you have not read other books in her Cedar Creek series, you can jump into this book with no problem. However, you will savor it more if you read the other books.
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.