Book Two of The Emma Raber's Daughters Series
Jerry Eicher has done it again!! I do believe that this is his best book yet!!
The main character, Katie, never fit in ANYWHERE! At school, at home, at church, in the community! Why? Because her mother was considered "strange" by the Amish community in which they lived. Katie never thought that her maam would remarry, not with the reputation of being so odd!!
Of course, Katie also didn't believe that she would ever have a male interested in her. She was shocked to become the object of Ben Stoll's attention. He, being a popular, handsome young man, is much desired by the whole single female population!! Katie truly believed that she would be forever labelled as "Emma Rader's daughter" forever and always be an outsider to the other Amish youth.
BUT , things change!! Mamm marries Jesse Mast and Katie finds herself riding in Ben's buggy!! What a surprise !! Maybe all things are possible, even marriage????
Katie travels to Europe with her new friends to visit the birthplace of the Amish faith. She was very reluctant to accept the invitation as she did not have the money to cover her airfare or accommodations, however, to her surprise, the expenses are unexpectedly paid by an anonymous donor. Katie's life is definitely looking up!
BUT then her world crashes down upon her!! The worst betrayal anyone can imagine , has struck. Will God see her through? Will Katie listen to His quiet voice and come through this a better person???
What a fantastic read! I felt that Katie became part of me. I cried with her in her misery, rejoiced with her in joys, and worried about her in trying times. Her feelings became mine. Jerry shows his talent at character description vividly in this book! To so easily identify with a character, to me, makes a great book! The plot was full of intertwining plots that had unexpected turns as often as I turned the pages. The shock that I experienced when Katie's world dissolved around her was unimaginable. I could not believe that the previous events could end on this negative note...... but at the next turn, I saw Katie become a stronger, more faithful, thus happier person, due to the turn of events.
Jerry also has the talent of portraying the Amish lifestyle accurately. That is something I look for in an Amish fiction book. If it isn't realistic, I don't want to read it!
All I can say, is "WOW!" This is a five star book! Don't miss it. Definitely worth the read.
This book was received from the author and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for an honest and fair review.