Given this writer's reputation, I was surprised by the lack of quality in the writing. I read through reviews, and I'm getting the feeling this book isn't as well-received as some of her others. I"m a professional editor, and I do read for technical merit - I ended up returning this for a refund, the only time I've ever done that. The writing seemed very immature to me; although it was free of grammar issues and misspellings, it had some major structural problems that made the reading less than enjoyable (for example, five pages of conversation where the characters said the same thing over and over - excruciating!, and terrible problems with pacing). I wanted to get hold of this writer and help her clean it up! There is a major issue with the lack of likability of the main character; it's a writer's challenge, no matter how bad the actions of the character, to make them relatable to the reader. Here, this girl is so self-centered and shallow, that there is not much to root for. As a reader, I really didn't care what happened to her; in fact, I'll go further and say she is so annoying, that I stopped reading and sought a refund! Within the five chapters I read, there were many problems with logic, motivation, dialogue. Worst of all, as someone very familiar with the Amish, their ideology and customs (I have personal background with them), I was surprised to see so many errors in research. I just came off reading some Beverly Lewis, so maybe my standards are too high - but the research felt rushed and sloppy to me. It wasn't an accurate depiction of their people or a respectful representation of their way of life or faith - which by the way isn't evangelical. In short, I hope her other books rise to a higher quality of writing and research. But unfortunately, after this one, I'll pass...
I didn't like the main character, Charlotte, very much in the beginning. She tells a lot of lies. It was necessary for the story, but I don't admire people who lie to get what they want. But this story was more about a faith journey than a romance. Charlotte had no faith. Her brother had joined an Amish community, fallen in love, and before the wedding, he committed suicide. Charlotte blamed the Amish. She pretends to be Amish - a long-lost cousin of her brother's fiancee, so she can discover what pushed her brother over the edge. In the mean time, she learns about God, and falls in love with her new family, although, she knows they will hate her when they find out about her lies. This is book 1 of a new series, and I cannot wait afor the rest! I haven't read much of Beth Wiseman before - but I will add her to my list of good authors. The professionally published books cost a little more than the indies - but I find them so much more enjoyable. Many indie authors do not do their homeword and publish unedited rough drafts. This book is perfect. It is well-written, well-edited, well-formatted and completely enjoyable.
This story follows a woman desperate to learn what caused her dear brother's death in an Amish community. Although the outcome of deceit was a little predictable, the story flowed beautifully and held my interest. What I like best about the author is that she seems very knowledgeable about the human psyche and this makes so many of the characters in her books believable.
Charlotte was an abused child. For two years her brother Ethan and she were apart. They survived their childhood and are now young adults. Ethan has moved and accepted a new religion and life. Ethan commits suicide and the story is how Charlotte deals with his death.
Enjoyable book but I found it difficult to get into the story. Maybe it's because of the mental health issues that are discussed the book needed several chapters to develop. I would recommend it but it wasn't my favorite Beth Wiseman book.
Beth Wiseman has done it again. This is an excellent book and I look forward to the other books in this series. This book has it all, humor, deceive, love but most of all faith in the Lord and Jesus Christ.