Tessie Ann Miller is trapped in a classic lovers’ dilemma. Her father disapproves of the man she loves, and she must choose between her own happiness and honoring her parents’ wishes. Mandy, Tessie’s older sister, refuses to stray from their Amish ways and advises Tessie to do the same, in spite of Mandy’s own struggles in a loveless marriage arranged by their father. But when tragedy strikes Hickory Hollow, the secret behind their father’s disapproval is revealed, and the two women must face the cost of their respective choices. They each learn that patience is a prelude to true love, which arrives in its own time, in its own way. Lewis’ latest is a thoughtful tale filled with pastoral imagery, dramatic irony, and gentle foreshadowing that teases the story forward. The reflective pace is ideal for a tale that addresses such complex issues as genetic birth defects, familial loyalties, and grace among the Amish. This is the fifth installment in Lewis’ Home to Hickory Hollow series (The Secret Keeper, 2013), and it also reads well as a stand-alone novel. --Kate Campos
From the Back Cover
Come home to Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania--the beloved setting where Beverly Lewis's celebrated Amish novels began--with new characters and new stories of drama, romance, and the ties that draw people together.
"Much of the credit [for the growth of Amish fiction] goes to Beverly Lewis, a Colorado author who gave birth to the genre in 1997 with The Shunning
Of her Old Order parents' five daughters, Tessie Miller is the last to marry. She has her heart set on Amishman Marcus King, but Tessie's father opposes the match.
Impetuously, Tessie and Marcus elope to the English world, then return to Hickory Hollow to live as singles, trusting they'll convince the Millers to give their love a chance over time. But when the unthinkable happens, Tessie faces the almost-certain censure of the People. Will she find a reason for hope in spite of her desperate plight?
"Vivid imagery captures the reader's attention as Lewis masterfully tugs at their heart-strings." -RT Book Reviews
""Lewis' latest is a thoughtful tale filled with pastoral imagery, dramatic irony, and gentle
foreshadowing that teases the story forward."-Booklist