- File Size: 385 KB
- Print Length: 282 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Diane Craver; 1 edition (September 18, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 18, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009D3TV78
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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While the premise was good, the author simply did not have enough plot for a novel-length story and resorted to rehashing over and over. Things happened, then they told one another, then they told one another again. That might be realistic in real life, but isn't what I want to read in a book. The author doesn't have to hear the same plot points over and over again as the characters relate the events of their day to their friends. It was extremely redundent and redundent. :)
Also, the prose just seemed rough, like a first draft. I know that the credits mention an editor, but it still needs more editing, both in content and copy edits. A good editor would not only catch the numerous comma and tense issues and awkward phrasing, but would also help with the pacing.
Another thing that bothered me was that the big story question that was keeping Rachel from joining the church ended up basically being a misunderstanding that had the characters talked about it would have been resolved in a single conversation. It made her trip to the beach unnecessary. I'm glad she went to the beach because she needed to experience what she did, but I hate when authors make the big conflict something that easily resolved.
Finally, much of the book read like the author was quite proud of her research on the Amish way of life. Instead of trickling little tidbits throughout the story, she info-dumped, almost like she was writing a newspaper article. Characters explained things to one another that they never would have in real life, simply for the benefit of the audience. And the constant "wunderbaar" and "gut" was annoying. Yes, I know that the Amish have a particular speech pattern that combines English and Pennsylvania Dutch, but those were the only words that bothered me. Other terms were nicely integrated so that you got the flavor, but there was a "wunderbaar" on every single page. Sometimes two. I doubt the Amish are constantly saying is "wonderful" that often. It was almost like the author was hitting you over the head with her knowledge.
In the end, I did read the whole thing because I was intrigued enough to see what would happen, but was quite let down when I realized that really nothing happened.
Rachael leaves to spend time with her Aunt and finds answers for her life. She returns to Samuel and all seems to work out for that happily ever after one hopes to find in life. I recommend this to anyone who has faith God will answer prayer and guide them. My book was downloaded onto my Kindle from Amazon/
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A "clean" read and thoroughly enjoyable.