• A Joyful Break

  • Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book One
  • By: Diane Craver
  • Narrated by: Leonor A. Woodworth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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After her mother's untimely death, a 20-year-old Amish woman has a difficult decision to make: Choose to break from the Plain community and her boyfriend and live in the English world permanently or join the Amish church.

Rachel Hershberger wants to get away from her Amish home in Fields Corner, Ohio. For a year, she's been trying to fill her mother's shoes by taking care of her father and siblings. She quit her job at the bakery so she would have more time to clean and cook at home. Before her mother died, Rachel was positive she wanted to marry Samuel Weaver, but now she can't think about wedding plans. She blames her father for her mother's death. If they had installed a phone in their barn or a shanty, her mother might have received medical help in time to save her life. Her mother's death has made Rachel question if she should be baptized and join the church. She wonders if non-Amish women live longer and have less stress. Maybe her 44-year old mother would still be alive had she left the Amish lifestyle like her sister Carrie did.

When her Aunt Carrie invites her to go to the beach, Rachel decides the time away will help her to decide whether to join the Amish church or to live in the English world. She is conflicted because she loves Samuel and her family. Instead of a relaxing time away, disturbing events happen while Rachel's in Florida. A photographer snaps troublesome pictures of Rachel because of her famous senator uncle, and a handsome and charming college student falls in love with Rachel.

©2012 Diane Craver (P)2020 Diane Craver

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Rachel’s choice

Rachel needs to get away to mourn her mother’s death and figure out what she ultimately wants to do with her life. This was a well written story where it was effortless to see and feel what Rachel was struggling with. Her options on both sides for a plain life or English life are worth considering.
The narrator reads at a good pace and draws the listener in with her talents.