Naomi knows she should be excited about her upcoming wedding but she remains unmoved. Not only are her feelings for her fiance lackluster but she believes he may see her more as a servant than a partner. And he’s so controlling. Is it too late to back out of the marriage?
While praying for God’s guidance, Naomi takes a break from her duties as a quilter and travels with her grandmother to Pinecraft, Florida. Along the way Naomi finds herself becoming attracted to Nick, their Englisch driver and friend, and the two begin to fall in love. The journey soon becomes one in which Naomi explores her most secret dream for love. But can she veer off the “safe” path she’d envisioned for her life to marry Nick?
My Comments: Leah has three granddaughters, Naomi, Anna, and Mary Katherine. This story tells us about Naomi’s situation. Naomi was engaged to a scary man named John. He wanted to micromanage Naomi and he continually checked up on her even to the point of traveling out of state to follow her. He treated her roughly – hurting her at times. Leah told Naomi to break up with John, but the Amish are well know for forgiveness. At the same time, Nick the Englisch driver started looking pretty good to Naomi. He was a gentleman and caring. Even though he was Englisch, he professionally drove mainly for the Amish and he “acted more Amish than some of the Amish men.” Nick is a very likable character. He would talk to Leah about many things, especially the Bible. Leah liked Nick quite a bit, but there is always that tension between the Amish and the Englisch. One would have to change in order to be in a relationship. The story develops the relationship between the cousins as well as between Naomi and John.
I enjoyed this book. I don’t know how realistic I think some of the developments are, but it’s nice to suspend my disbelief. Barbara Cameron is one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction. If you like Amish fiction, you should definitely add this to your collection.
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