An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.
One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?
After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same—not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.
Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve, and her feelings have not changed throughout the years. She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it’s love he’s feeling, or pity. As the couple’s wedding date approaches, Joanna isn’t overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to feel; instead, she’s wracked with anxiety and guilt.
Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she’s afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father.
If Joanna takes the first step toward healing, will it cost her everything she’s ever wanted? Or could God be changing the desires of her heart?
**I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
I honestly don’t read a lot of Amish fiction. For some reason, I’ve just never felt quite as drawn to it as much as historical fiction. But, a few months ago, I read and reviewed Kathleen Fuller’s first novel of the Amish of Birch Creek series and I really enjoyed it. So I looked forward to meeting back up with the Schrock family to read about another one of the sister’s stories (and I’m looking forward to the third this fall).
Right away, I enjoyed the stories that surrounded Joanne and Andrew. They both had their own struggles to work through–and both situations were quite difficult. I loved watching their characters grow and mature and ultimately learn about their own identities and forgiveness. The themes of this novel were solid throughout and were wonderful reminders to apply to my own life.
There was one thing that hindered my enjoyment of the novel though, I felt like nothing really happened through the first half of the book. So many times I wanted to set the book down, but then there would be some nugget of information about a subplot that would pique my interest in a big way. It made me stick with it. I wish there wasn’t the struggle in the beginning, but once I got to that halfway point, I really didn’t want to put this sweet story down.
If you haven’t read the first novel of this series, it probably isn’t too big of problem to start with this one. However, I would reccommend that you still read that one first.
About the Author:
Kathleen is the best-selling author of over thirty books, including the Hearts of Middlefield Series and the A Middlefield Family Series. She lives with her husband and three children in Northeast Ohio. Kathleen loves to hear from readers.
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