July 2015, Kensington Books, 352 pages, Ebook, Review copy from NetGalley
Content: mild romance, humour, tissues needed
Summary from Kensington Books
Welcome back to Wells Landing, Oklahoma, the tranquil Amish community where still waters run deep and a brave young woman sets out to discover her faith, her family, and herself. . .
Lorie Kauffman is grief-stricken when her father passes away unexpectedly. But her heartache quickly turns to bewilderment when she discovers he'd been leading two lives--one of simplicity and hard work in Wells Landing, and one fraught with painful ordeals in Tulsa. As she starts digging into her family's past, Lorie finds herself torn between the Amish world and the Englisch world--and she's no longer certain where she belongs. . .
Lorie knows that if she leaves Wells Landing, she may never be able to return. But what if her destiny lies in the outside world--the world her father knew so well? Change is never easy, but with a bit of courage and the help of a handsome and kind-hearted Englischer, she just may find the peace, acceptance, and love she's been longing for. . .
Regular readers know how much I love Amish fiction, and this is a particularly touching read. Lorie's new life circumstances provide her with a great deal of struggle, but her relationship with God sees her through. Her community aren't always understanding of her desire to find out what really happened, but she carries on anyway because she doesn't want to live with regret. There's plenty of Amish customs in the story to keep me happy – they still seem to eat a lot of cake and pie!
I cheered when Lorie made progress in discovering who she is (which is heavily tied up with the truth about her father), and by doing that she is able to finally find love. I held my breath in several places, such is the level of emotions which Lorie goes through, and honestly had no idea how it would end. This is part of a series, and I'm going to be seeking out the other books which I thik get to know some of the other characters better. I will reread Lorie's tale for sure!
Find out more on Amy's website.
Another wonderful romance Amish story is Brightest and Best by Olivia Newport (Amish Fiction, 10E/10E)