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Book Description

The year is 1777. America is in turmoil. And Amish life is far different than today.

Pennsylvania in the late 18th century, once called William Penn’s Woods, was an assortment of different faiths living together for the first time in American history. Included in this tapestry was a small and struggling population called Amish.

Surrounding this peaceful people were unavoidable threats: both Patriots and the British were pillaging land and goods for the sake of the war, young Amishmen were leaving the faith to take up arms and defend freedom. A simple walk in the untamed forests could result in death, if not from bullet or arrow, then from an encounter with a wild animal.

Amid this time of tumult, Adam Wyse is fighting a personal battle. To possibly join the war efforts and leave his faith, which would mean walking away from the only woman he’s ever loved: Lena Yoder. But for that love he’s made a promise that may keep them apart permanently.

My Review

Generally speaking, I really love this genre. In this case, there is really too much going on for this to be a really gripping story.

I like the idea of a secret. I’m not Amish, of course, but this secret didn’t seem to be one that warranted the father’s behavior.

Then there was the love story: a promise made to a dying mother which resulted in the separation of the two in love; the insertion of the intended’s brother into the equation, now making it a triangle of sorts. We’ve also got a non-Amish wet-nurse, moved in to {obviously} sustain the newborn infant without a mother and the return of the infant’s father from imprisonment for not forking over all his goods to the military as asked.

While the plot pieces sound good, in reality, they didn’t fit together well. Parts seemed to repeat without adding new information; some incidents (like the rattlesnake bite) didn’t fit at all, and actually made me roll my eyes. The time line for everything that happened if I recall, took place over a course of weeks, which again, made it completely unrealistic.

I don’t think I’ve read any of this author’s others titles, and I probably would, just to see if her other books are better than this one. I love Amish fiction and I love historical fiction. This book, though, didn’t do much for me.  Because it wasn’t terrible, I’ll give it 3 stars.

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