WaterBrook Press (September 19, 2006) I have been a huge fan of Beverly Lewis books for years and even thought that she was the only author who wrote about the Amish at one time. I have since discovered a few other authors that not only write about this culture of its own within the American melting pot but I have now also discovered one who can rival Beverly Lewis in my list of favorites. This book has whetted my appetite to read the ensuing two novels of this series that are even now calling from the TBR pile. Woodsmall not only brings these unique people to life she has also written a narrative that keeps the reader on the edge of thier seat every second. Despite the unhurried life these characters lead and practice this story moves along at a pace that keeps the reader on the go until the end. Woodsmall doesn’t drag her plot down with excessive detail yet she keeps readers in the midst of the action and flow of the story while forging a bond between reader and characters that is rare to find even amongst the best writers.
In the midst of her rumschpringe (a fancy way to say running around) Hannah has found herself drawn into the affections of a neighbor’s Mennonite Grandson, who although not considered an “Englischer” is still forbidden territory because he is not of their faith or their district. Shortly after pledging their lives for a future marriage together Hannah is encumbered with a terrible secret. She fears sharing this horrible tragedy with Paul because she is certain he will stop caring for her if he knows. Will her distance and fear push him away? Can and will they be able to regain what is lost by her refusal to share honestly? Can they both recover from the shock of their lives? Read this book and grab the sequels while you’re at it as this one leaves you craving more of Woodsmall’s wonderful writing. (ISBN#9781400072927, 336pp, $13.99)
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