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Book 2 of 3 in the A Big Sky Novel Series

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All she wanted was a simple Amish life . . .

But now Marianna Sommer finds herself depending on Englisch neighbors. Although proud of living apart from the world, she and her newly relocated Amish family have discovered that life in the remote mountains of Montana requires working together.

As Marianna begins helping those different from herself—and receiving their help—her heart contemplates two directions. She’s torn between the Amish man from Indiana whom she has long planned on marrying and the friendly Englischer who models a closer walk with God than she’s ever seen before.
Who should have young Marianna’s heart? What is God asking her to sacrifice? Her traditions? Her community? The answer is found along the wooded paths.

Acclaim for Tricia Goyer’s Big Sky Series:

A wonderful story about the Amish and the way they live their lives by the writings of the Bible. Readers will delight in this.—RT Book Reviews

A sweet, tender tale that’s sure to please readers. Amish fiction fans will be wanting more from Ms. Goyer!—

Tricia Goyer is a CBA best-selling author and the winner of two American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Awards (Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights). She co-wrote 3:16 Teen Edition with Max Lucado and contributed to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Also a noted marriage and parenting writer, she lives with her husband and children in Arkansas.

About the Author

Tricia Goyer is an acclaimed and prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles in national magazines including Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family while authoring more than twenty-five fiction and nonfiction books combined. Among those are 3:16 Teen Edition with Max Lucado and the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award winners Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights. She has also written books on marriage and parenting and contributed notes to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Tricia lives with her husband and four children in Arkansas.


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Product Details

  • Series: A Big Sky Novel
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433668696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433668692
  • ASIN: B0085S7R6O
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,161,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tricia Goyer is a homeschooling mom of six, grandmother of two, and wife to John. A bestselling author, Tricia has published 50 books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. Tricia is also on the blogging team at, and other homeschooling and Christian sites.

Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, also blog at, sharing ideas about simplifying life.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Charlene L. Amsden on October 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Once you've grown tired of reading the same Amish love story over and over again with different names attached, pick up one of the books in Tricia Goyer's Big Sky series. Along Wooded Paths is an emotional story of a young Amish girl who has left her childhood home in Indiana and the man she is pledged to marry, to move to the wilds of Montana where the Amish and the Englischers live and work together in close community. As Marianna makes friends among the Amish and Englisch alike, she is drawn to Ben because of his close and genuine relationship with God, but he is not Amish. Marianna struggles with confusion as she compares what she's been taught to Ben's obvious relationship with God despite the fact that he's not Amish. TOn top of that, she fears she is falling in love with Ben and, to further complicate matters, Aaron arrives from Indiana to escort Marianna home with him. Now she has to choose not just between Ben and Aaron, but also between tradition and relationship with God. And can she have both?

Along Wooded paths is book two in the Big Sky series. It can be read as a stand alone, but I think you will enjoy it more if you read Beside Still Waters (book one) first. Besides, after reading book two, you'll want to read book one anyway.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. Cano on October 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Along Wooded Paths is the second book in the series that follows an Amish young woman, Marianna, through the difficult choices she has to make throughout her life. Although I did not read the first book, I was able to get the hang of the story without problem, so don't let that dissuade you from picking the book up.
The story is well-paced, never allowing the reader to grow dull. There isn't too much tension, since we don kind of know what Marianna will choose, even from the beginning, but it is not boring to read about her struggles. What I found a tad frustrating was her indecisiveness as a character flaw. Her seeming love for two different men get annoying when she has no clue what she wants. She feels guilty about loving both, yet she also feels jealous when any other woman pays attention to either one of her beaus. You just want to shake her and tell her to pick one already! This was probably done on purpose by the author, but I found it a bit overdone.
The writing itself is very nice, simple, yet full of intricate moments that add depth to an otherwise clichéd plot. If you like sweet romance novels, then this one might be a perfect fit for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
My Thoughts:
Along Wooded Paths, book 2 in the Big Sky Series picks up where Beside Still Waters, book 1 left off. Marianna Sommer left the Amish home and childhood love, Aaron Zook to move with her family to start a new life in a new Amish community in Montana. The new Amish community shares their daily lives with the Englisch that also live and work there. She is pulled between her Amish beliefs a new relationship with God that is unlike any she had ever thought possible. She have also become friends with an Englischer, Ben as they share their love for God. She be begins to have feelings that she know are not a possiblility if she is to remain Amish.
We often close our minds to new things especially if it involves religion and our roots. The author reveals that Marianna and her family had become prejudice to the outside world other than the Amish. Then they begin to wander could the Englisch actually have a relationship to God that would allow then to enter Heaven's Gates.
Tricia has done it again. Another beautiful Amish novel. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
I recommend you read this book. If you have not read an Amish novel before this series would be an excellent place to start.

I gladly give this book a rating of 5 out of 5.

I received a free print copy of this book from Litfuse. This review is my honest opinion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on October 3, 2011
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Along Wooded Paths was the second book in the Big Sky Series and is probably best to be read after reading book 1 although I do think you'd still enjoy it as a stand-alone, just maybe not as much.

Marianna is now in Montana and her relationship with God continues to thrive and so does her situation with her family. Things begin to come together for Marianna and I'm excited to read what God is doing in her life. Her boyfriend Aaron from Indiana shows up in Montana and due to an accident ends up spending 6 weeks staying in her home with her family. This becomes hard on Marianna as she struggles to renew her relationship with Aaron yet remain faithful to what she has learned about God from Ben and the other English people of the town.

When I finished reading Along Wooded Paths, I had to just say back and take a deep breath!! Wow!! The ending leaves you guessing as things to come and yet satisfied with all that has happened so far. There were a lot of changes in Marianna's life and that caused some interesting events to take place in the book.

I really enjoyed getting to know the people of this small town in Montana that has both Amish and English there. You could tell that God was the center of this town and the heart of these people in the way there were always there for one another.

I especially enjoyed getting to know Ben. Ben is an English young man who has become a friend to many of the Amish and helps driving them around along with other tasks, he is also a talented singer and Marianna is mesmerized by his singing the one time she hears him sing.

Again I loved that Tricia Goyer explained why the Amish believe what they believed and I felt like I grew more connected to their lives and the story of Marianna and her family.
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