It has been my experience, this being the third Amish book that I have read, that novels about the Amish and their way of life are so peaceful to read. Kelly Long's writing is graceful, soothing, simple yet elegant. Her characters have real depth, you can feel their emotions pouring from the page.
I most appreciate that Kelly shows the Amish way of life and how it makes the Amish feel when English people treat them as spectacles or novelties, while providing examples of how the English can have more meaningful relationships with Amish community members. I think, for me, that is what made the book so realistic, when the characters feel awkward interacting with my English world. While my faith and way of life are different, that discomfort is a feeling to which I can fully relate, as will many other readers.
In fact I think that one of the greatest things about this book is showing how the Amish and English can be so similar. The book is excellent for readers who appreciate a good romance, and because this is a Christian book, it is appropriate for mature teenage readers. I believe this to be the first in a new series of novels termed the Patch of Heaven novels. I look forward to reading the next in the series when it is released.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com