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Running from his frustrating life, Chad loses his way on Christmas Eve and soon stumbles on the remote town of Piney Meadows. Before long, he falls in love with the people of the Old Order Mennonite community, accepts a job, and settles into the area. He is touched by the good people and their strong faith, even though he still has a lingering dispute with God. Most of all, he is fond of Anna. The more he gets to know her, the more he falls in love with her. But Anna is not happy in Piney Meadows. The Mennonite community is changing, but it’s not changing fast enough for her. She longs to move to Minneapolis to get a job, make her way in the world, and find herself. Chad doesn’t want her to go, but Anna can only see the freedom she imagines she will get in the big city. When she’s ready to leave he contemplates leaving with her, but a personal crisis shakes Chad to his core. Feeling let down by everyone—including God—Chad wonders if Anna will now desert him too.

 

My Comments:  This book was different and refreshing with many similarities to Amish fiction writing.  Instead of Amish, this book was about the Mennonites (very similar).  They use electricity and go past the eighth grade in education, however, they still live a plain, simple, and uncomplicated life.  This is the second book in a series, and I haven’t read the first one YET, but will be.  The characters are so likable.  I especially love the parts where Chad is taking care of his chickens!  Anna is such a breath of fresh air.  She is simple and naive, but very appealing.  She is someone I would love to know!  Anna wants to go to the city, and Chad wants a simpler life – how would these two ever get together??  Again, I see some legalism (like in the Amish fiction books), but at least this was preached against in the book.

The story flows well and engaged me fully while I was reading it.  I look forward to reading both the first book and an other books Ms. Sattler might write.

I received a free copy of this book for review from Abingdon Press.  It will be released in August of this year.

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