Ruthie Stoltzfus is ready to begin her life and start a career doing something that will matter. She has managed to pass her GED and is saving money to get a job and make a difference. She first meets Patrick Kelly, a Canadian who desires to learn the ways of the Amish lifestyle and asks Ruthie to teach him Penn Dutch, all within a mere thirty days. While Ruthie cannot fathom why a stranger would want to belong to their community, she is surprised when she finds herself drawn to Patrick, especially since she is not quite over her dashing, daring, and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock. As Ruthie’s heart is torn in different directions, she learns the importance of patience and hope.
This novel does a fantastic job of incorporating so many different characters that are all distinctively connected in their spiritual and emotional struggles. I loved catching up with old characters from the first two novels in the series, but the author does a great job of creating a story for Ruthie that does not require readers to read the other books first. The depth and development of the characters is truly remarkable and allows readers from all backgrounds to connect with at least one (although most likely all!) of the characters. There are great spiritual lessons and unusual Bible verses that are used to help the individuals overcome their current circumstances, which added to the uniqueness of the story. I loved David’s heart but I also adored the graciousness and joy of his dear wife, Birdy, and found myself desiring to emulate some of her positive characteristics. This novel has something for everyone, even those who are not avid Amish fiction readers, and I highly recommend it!
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.