Escape the helter-skelter of the modern culture and join software creator Annie Friesen, hiding at the home of an Amishman. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with him, the more attracted she becomes. When Annie finds she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known?
My Comments: Annie Friesen has the life – at least from the outside looking in. She owns a software making company and creates software which has made her quite wealthy. Come to find out – her partner and so-called boyfriend (the company’s attorney) want to steal it away from her. After a series of events, Annie (Annalise) winds up in Amish country – something which begins to intrigue her. Rufus especially intrigues her – a kind, handsome, ethical young man. Annie also falls in love with Rufus’ family. Annie – always a go-getter and used to getting what she wants – gets right in and tries to “fix” the problems in this Amish family’s life. She soon finds out they do not appreciate her interference. Even though she has plenty of money and only wants to “help.” Instead they would like for her to back off see everything as God’s Will.
Annie has a good relationship with her own parents, she is not trying to find a substitute family. She just enjoys being with the Beilers. So much so that she starts to investigate her family tree. She had Beilers in her own family and her curiosity was aroused. What she discovers is surprising. The way the story develops might not be what you might predict. About mid-way through we start backflashing to the original Beilers who arrived in Pennsylvania in the late 1700s.
I liked this book quite a bit. It seemed rather far-fetched at times until I read that some of it was based on the author’s real family. If I were rating with stars it would be a 4 out of 5 for that reason. Another different type of Amish fiction read – I recommend it.
I received an egalley of this book from NetGalley and Barbour Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!