- File Size: 803 KB
- Print Length: 305 pages
- Publisher: Zebra Books (January 30, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 30, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072LC3Z6Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My problem with this book is the poor editing. The writing is choppy at times, and the book is filled with grammar mistakes. The story is so amazing, I tried to ignore them. I'm surprised that a top publisher didn't make sure the novel was properly edited. I'm far from a grammar Nazi, but there were just too many to ignore. Happy ☺reading 📚!
Reading an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) always comes with it’s own set of quirky experiences. I enjoy collecting them up and referring back to them when I go back later to my own writings and find my glaring typos. It makes me feel better, more normal, if you will. Set in 1912 most people were still driving horse and wagon. Amish, the drive buggy. It’s to be expected to see those mixed up at least once. It did, a couple of times, when an Amish person took off in their wagon.
I want to talk about depth for a minute or twenty. Depth is what draws you into the story, makes you care about the characters, and hopefully carries you in a whirlwind through it all. While this was an enjoyable story with a solid plot line it lacked depth. I was frequently confused about time passage, what was really going on, why it mattered, and sometimes what really happened. Sometimes it felt like an emotion dump. Liza suddenly shares this horrid secret she had carried with minimal preamble. It colored so much of the story but it felt like a dump of emotion instead of a solid plot point. It was like here ya go, now let’s go on. Much of the story was like that. Someone gets shot – no big deal really it just slides to the background. Ellie runs away – a lot of moping around, she returns without preamble, instaforgiveness and slides partly into the background. Tornado – slides to the background. Thugs – miraculous rescue and then nothing. Just a few examples, there are many more. I know more about the way a person was laid out for their funeral than I do about any of these other things.
The other thing that bugged me was how helpless all the females in the book were, expect perhaps Ellie. No one had a backbone, no one knew how to stand up for themselves and sometimes it felt like they didn’t know how to make decisions for themselves. It was just too sweet. Everything was OK, everything was glossed over, everything was sweet. OK, I know I just did a pretty big information dump myself but follow me here. This book had a solid story line to it. It did capture my attention and capture my interest. Stories of love, family, starting over, and community. This story has all of that. And a lot of sweet treats along the way.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
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Initially, I felt a wee bit out of my comfort zone as Amish fiction is a new genre for me. I didn’t think I would like the book, but I loved it! The glossary of Amish vocabulary is a wonderful idea, not that I needed it. The book is written to a standard which allows instant connection and understanding of everything Amish.
The characters were well developed throughout the book where necessary, and I could clearly visualise them. I did find some repetitions within the narrative that could have been tedious, however, as this book is beautifully written, they didn’t bother me too much. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Amish way of life. What a beautifully gentle, and God loving people they are. This is how Christian brothers and sisters should be treating each other.
If you would like to read a sweet story of sincere love, set in an Amish community, then this is the book for you. I was provided with an Advanced Readers Copy by the author via CelebrateLit. I have never at any stage been expected to provide a positive review, and have not been financially rewarded. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.