Hannah Yoder enjoys the peaceful life of her Amish community in Lancaster County. But not all is as calm as it may seem on the surface. Her sister is rebelling against the family, her mother is depressed, and her father is striving to move them west, away from the comfort of their home. Hannah turns to her childhood friend Adam, finding solace in the familiarity of their lifelong friendship. As Hannah’s feelings towards Adam start to develop into something more, another man begins to express his feelings for Hannah. Josef is well liked by Hannah’s family, putting Hannah in a difficult situation to choose between her head or her heart.
I do not usually read Amish fiction, but I decided to give this one a try. The book contained a lot of raw emotion interspersed with an interesting setting and fascinating characters. I really liked Hannah. She has a sense of loyalty to her family that is commendable; she strives to support them despite her own personal struggles. There were several twists to the story that I did not expect and the ending was surprising, even a bit unsettling. Since this is the beginning of a series, I am eager to see what happens to the characters in the next novel. The historical aspect of the book is also interesting. I would recommend this novel to lovers of Amish fiction and even to those who wish to enjoy an introduction to the Amish world.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.