About the Book
A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone. A young woman who sacrificed her dreams. How will the God of grace and hope help them find their way? At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face. Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene. As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God’s guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?(Cindy Woodsmall)
I really enjoy Cindy's writing because I find it to be unique. Many Amish stories are all too similar but Cindy does a good job in keeping the stories real and different. This book has a great twist to it that I definitely did not see coming. The characters I really loved. Jolene goes through so much in such a short time, grief, more grief, confusion, hope, and shattered dreams. Jolene's love for her siblings was evident and I really like that because it seems so easy for families to be ripped apart. I think that was my favorite aspect in this book. The closeness of family, even when it's a difficult decision to remain close.
While I still don't understand why the Amish do some things, why some things are forbidden, I still like reading about a different lifestyle. This book has so much to it and Cindy has created another beautiful story.
I rate four stars, simply because it got a little slow in the middle.
"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for an honest review."