Marlena Wenger has recently lost her beloved Grandfather and at her family’s request she will go and spend the summer with her Grandmother in Brownstown, PA. Her fiancé Nat is not happy about her going. He fears the she may change her views after being around her Mennonite grandmother since he is a staunch Old Order Amish. Where will Marlena end up, as she seems to grow in her faith with the Lord?
While she is taking care of her Grandmother, Marlena's sister Luella is in an accident and needs help caring for her baby. How will a young unmarried woman deal with caring for her grandmother and a baby? Especially after hearing that her sister may never fully recover and may be paralyzed for the rest of her life or even worse, could die.
We will also meet the Bitner’s and their teenage son who is nicknamed Small Jay. He is "disabled" according to his father and his only friend is his cat, Sassafras. This young man shows such compassion to everyone he meets, including a stranger named Boston who is incapacitated with Alzheimer's. Boston has a package of letters with him, no address, but they are definitely love letters, but from whom? Boston is, indeed, a mystery all on his own.
This book shows the different facets of the Plain life from the Old Order Amish to the Beachy (New Order) Amish and the Mennonite. As in all "religions" there are differences and all types think theirs is the only true way. Some of the people are afraid of all the changes within the faith and want to stay isolated. If you enjoy Amish fiction, THE LOVE LETTERS is a real page-turner and you won’t be able to put down.