Publisher: Revell (Baker Publishing Group)
Category: Christian Fiction (Amish)
Carrie Weaver thought she had everything planned out. She grew up in an Amish community but she's been leaning on leaving. The love of her life Solomon Riehl has an opportunity to play professional baseball, and Carrie intends to follow him. They plan to marry and leave the Amish community that has always been their home. A hesitant Carrie acknowledges that her and Sol would not be shunned by the community. It is essential that they leave before they're baptized, otherwise they would never be able to come back and visit. However, life is constantly changing and you can never plan your entire life. When Carrie' father passes away after a farm accident, Carrie is drawn to her community and vows to take care of her little brother. She cannot bare to leave Andy with their detestable step-mother. A home that they were brought to when their father married Esther. A home where they never belonged. As far as Carrie is concerned Andy, a hemophiliac has received his last thrashing from Esther. Carrie is distraught when Sol leaves her behind, and she seizes her first opportunity to leave Esther's home. Carrie agrees to marry Daniel, a kind young Amish man her father approved and encouraged before his death. Carrie believes there's no better way to anger Sol. Daniel and Carrie both agree that they do not love each other but wish to build a home and move on from their misfortunes. Carrie inherits an extended family that she begins to adore. Throughout the book many twists and turns cause Carrie struggled with her faith. Her feelings towards Daniel are jumbled, and just as they begin to find their way towards each other Daniel is killed in a buggy accident. Carrie is guilt-ridden and overwhelmed. Carrie has no idea how to manage the orchard on her own, but she's adamant to survive and care for Andy and Daniel's grandmother. She wants to live in a home that is hers, a home where she belongs.
This is one of those books that I did not want to put down. It's was my first Amish novel, and I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did. I fell in love with Carrie from the beginning, I laughed and cried along with her. Carrie is strong-willed and determined, when life kept throwing obstacles in her way she trudged through it all. I admired her, and really wanted her to succeed and be happy. Suzanne Woods Fisher created a sensational, inspirational read. This book dealt with forgiveness, love, anger, guilt and perseverance. I understood when Carrie' faith staggered. After all that she went through, it's hard not to wonder 'why me?' I was honestly thinking the same thing, why? Leave poor Carrie alone, I wanted her to be happy. As Carrie struggled with her Faith, she understood that God would take care of her. It's through the hard times that you need your faith the most. The characters were all amazing, there were characters I loved, others I hated. I stayed up late into the night reading this one, and quickly picked up the next installment 'The Waiting.' Honestly, a truly amazing, uplifting story. One you will not want to put down. This is for anyone who is looking for a gripping story. I will not be parting with book...
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