Katie Walken has been running most of her life - from her Amish upbringing, from her family's expectations, and from an arranged marriage to Karl Borg. Now a real estate agent, Katie feels she finally has the life she always wanted...or does she?
Karl lost his love when she fled from their future in Amish country. Leaving home, too, he became an attorney. But his heart remains with Katie.
When Katie and Karl are reunited, they seem to have a second chance at love. Will they allow God to help them face their past while looking toward their future?
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When I began this novel, I didn't realize it was a former Amish romance. I've read MANY Amish romances, but this was a first where two former Amish reconnect after many years. I really liked this audio book. I want to read more from this author!!
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How long will Katie run from the Amish life, family expectations, and love? Then Karl leaves the Amish life too and becomes a real estate lawyer. Katie is a realtor. Does the shock of meeting up again after all these years mean anything? . After 12 years can Karl forgive her and give her a second chance? This book was an awesome quick read. I loved the story theme of love, forgiveness, and growing in God. I was given a copy for an honest review.
When Katie was barely 17 years old she found out that she was betrothed to Karl, her wonderful friend and confidant. However, the Amish lifestyle in which they were raised weighed Katie down immensely. She didn't want to get married when she was 18, she didn't even want to live in the Amish community that she had been brought up in. So, on the day of her wedding, she slipped out through a window and made her escape.
12 years later she is a successful real estate agent, living in the big city as "English" (the term the Amish use for those who choose to live outside of their communities) from her clothes, to her makeup and every other way you can imagine.
Just per chance, Karl – the young man she was supposed to marry – uses her real estate office for some real estate transaction. When they literally bump into each other
She reluctantly agrees to having a meal with him. She finds he is a successful attorney. After that meal, they are both confused about the feelings that they're feeling.
When Katie is called home because her father has had a heart attack and refuses to go to the hospital, Karl takes Katie. The familiarity of where they grew up brings up emotion and confusion.
This is a lovely book that is a bit unrealistic, in the nonchalant acceptance of "outsiders" coming home for big events and/or to make weekend visits without any reprimand. Other than that, it is a great journey as we get to listen to Karl and Katie – reminiscing, living in the moment and each ones plans for the future.
The narration was great! Julie Lancelot delivers a performance that is believable and without flaw. Although she does give each character his or her own voice, I felt more like she was telling a story and allowing me to imagine it as I wanted. Excellent performance.
Notes: There is nothing to worry about or warn about here. There are a couple of kisses and the birth of the baby – without graphic description or overdone.
Movie system rating: PG
Stars:Overall 4 stars, Performance 4 stars, Story 4 stars
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