When David Stoltzfus’ father became overly stern and even abusive, he and his siblings did the only thing they knew to do to keep one another safe: they escaped from the Amish community of Paradise, Pennsylvania to a new life in the Englisch world. Leaving the only life they had ever known was hard, especially for David, because leaving Paradise meant leaving Lavina Zook, the woman he planned to wed. A year later, Lavina hasn’t forgiven David for abandoning her, but when his father is diagnosed with cancer she knows she has to get David to come back and make peace with his father before it’s too late. Even if she can get David to return, she’s not sure he will find forgiveness in his heart. She’s not sure she will, either.
My Comments: Reading about real-life issues from the Amish perspective is always interesting to me. I loved this book. It is a book of survival, heart-break, and redemption. I love reading Amish books because they can cut to the issues without all of the garbage – no language or sexual content. The story kept me reading to find out how it was going to end. It’s been a while since I’ve done that – I’ve gotten more hung up on streaming TV series. This was refreshing change!