Cindy Woodsmall is more thoughtful than any others
I have had an interest in Amish culture since I wrote a paper about this religious sect in college. I think many are drawn to a simpler lifestyle..Show More », and I am no exception.
Many books in the genre are superficial and a bit too syrupy. I also don't think the research is that good. Yet, after reading the three quilt titles by Woodsmall, I was interested in reading another series. I spent an extra credit on this, and it was worth it. Woodsmall writes of a young woman who is doing all she can to raise her daughter alone after the death of her husband out in the Englisher world. She knows nothing of her connection to the Amish, but for an address in her mother's journal. She flees there to escape a violent stalker.
The closed Amish community ostracizes her, except for one young man. He initially tells her to believe, but after seeing her more closely, remembers this same young woman as a child. He gradually brings the community around, while all the sad and sordid past is brought to the fore.
This is a book about betrayal, loss and redemption. It is not sappy or corny. Rather, it appears that Cindy Woodsmall has a real heart for the outcast who suffers. The Amish are often fearful of an outsider, and with good reason. There is a need to keep those adults who join the church close to the fold. Right or wrong, most who choose baptism stay happily in the faith. Yet, Woodsmall challenges the sect to be more forgiving, and not to rush to conclusions too soon.
The narrator was quite good; I think she liked the book. I am not certain, but do think some of her pronunciation was not correct. This bugged me only a bit. She had a pleasant voice, and read with compassion without being maudlin.
I was pleasantly surprised to find another installment of an Amish set story by the author. I'd really enjoyed every book of hers I'd listened to. H..Show More »er other books seemed to start off with a bang and build from there. This was started a bit slower but finished with a big bang. But the essence of her stories stays true. She has good insight into human nature and communicates it well. She weaves a nice story into an Amish setting and educates us on the Amish lifestyle as well. We learn that the Amish have hopes and dreams just like the rest of us. They are real people, aren't they? I'll look forward to her next book. I assume it'll be the third in the Ada's House series.
I don't knnow what it is about these stories with an Amish setting but I enjoy them, enjoy them a lot. They are like Hallmark Channel movies, just go..Show More »od, wholesome stories that make you feel good about life. Like a thriller, and this wasn't that, I buzzed through this book in two days!