This book is part six of the Daughters of the Promise series, but is the first one that I’ve read and I can definitely say that even if you haven’t read anything prior, it was a great story. Many parts of it were “typical” or “common” in terms of Amish fiction – a boy meets a girl, they fall in love, there are challenges along the way, they wind up getting married in the end and everyone is on great terms… but many (many!) parts of this book included things I’ve never seen before in Amish fiction. Hoarding, secrets (on a pretty big level!), lies, adultery, and more – things that you wouldn’t expect to see in Amish fiction, but at the same time, I wonder why that is. Why do we think that the English world is more apt to have issues like these? It was really good, in many ways, to see that even thought we have completely different lifestyles from those who are Amish, we’re also very much the same. I appreciated that in the midst of it being a love story, it also showed the power of forgiveness – what a great lesson to learn, and so well portrayed.
Reading this story made me want to find the other books in this series – I think that if they’re anything like this one, they would be just as hard to put down! I highly recommend the book. It was thought-provoking, and at the same time, a really great read. There are discussion questions at the end, which makes it the perfect book to use for a book club.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.