I don’t normally care for romances but I chose this one because of the Amish twist. The Amish fascinate and inspire me. Ms. Woodsmall does an excellent job of introducing and acquainting us with her main characters. She is generous with information about them and their backgrounds. She paints pictures of landscapes and situations that play like a movie in the imagination.
Annie comes from a broken Old Order Mennonite home in which her mother has struggled to raise several children amid the shame of her husband abandoning the family. Aden’s Old Order Amish father and brother, Roman, were injured in a farming accident which left them unable to continue to provide for the family in quite the same way as before. Annie’s struggles with her mother are emotionally charged. Roman’s struggle to come to terms with his disability rings very true. The way these people of faith handle their challenges and ultimately turn to their Creator to help and heal them is inspiring. The problem of forbidden love between childhood friends Aden and Annie is resolved amid surprising twists and conflicts.
This is just a good old story, with characters who are real people with real problems, which today’s Old Order families are not immune to. They have their warts and their roses (or should I say cherry blossoms?) and it is inspiring to see them grow and improve in the course of resolving their problems. I really enjoyed this book. It’s a pleasant escape to Amish country and a “simpler” life.
Cindy Woodsmall is an award-winning and New York Times Bestselling author. She has written several other books, including When the Soul Mends and Plain Wisdom. Her friendships with Amish and Mennonites began in childhood and continue to this day. She homeschooled her children as they were growing up.
Cassandra Campbell has recorded over 100 audiobooks and is an accomplished actress and high school teacher. Her narration is clear and expressive without distracting from the story.
22 chapters, 335 minutes (6 hours)
I would like to thank Christian Audio, for providing me with a free review copy of this audiobook. No other compensation was received for this review.