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There is a great deal going on. From their daily lives as Amish with good feelings & hurts and love within the family and community.
In the end, there is a final Clean Romance - but before that there is temptation while she is in the English world, yet because of her faith in God that she makes certain nothing wrong occurs.
"Wait your turn, little wootzer."
"Mamm, don't call me 'little piggy.' "I hate that."
"Sorry, sweetie. It's only a nickname."
"But it's awful. Daed sarted it. Please tell him to stop."
"Ruthie, Ruthie, I prayed all the time that you would love me and we would marry."
"I prayed it too."
"I guess He got tired of us praying about the same thing over and over and said, 'okay you two.'"
The Zook family is a loving one, but Belfie brought the bickering of the sisters to life. Ruth and her older sister Emma like the same boy and this leads Ruth to do something she had been thinking about for a while -- checking out the "English" way of life and going to stay with her aunt in Philadelphia. Esther, her aunt, left the Amish way of life when she was a young woman and is now a university professor. Ruth's time in Philadelphia is really what made this book shine for me. In some Christian books, the secular world is rendered really poorly -- people are either too evil to be true or they're just not convincing. Belfie does a great job of presenting the temptations of the secular world realistically without going over-the-top. With a couple of very small exceptions, I felt as if I was reading about real people and I truly understood how difficult Ruth's decision was for her.
Without unnecessarily sanitizing or excising anything, Belfie has written a charming and engrossing Amish romance. I had no idea a book like this could ever keep me up for "just one more chapter," but I guess I've been missing out on a really enjoyable subgenre. There are at least two more books about the Zook sisters and I can't wait to continue my time with this family.
Because I had it on Kindle, I was able to plug in the earphones and listen while I drove home, and when I was on the train.
The story is about two Amish sisters, Ruth and Emma, two years apart in age, both of marriageable age, both in love with the same Amish man, Jeremiah. Emma is much more pronounced about letting everyone know that she has her cap set on Jeremiah. So Ruth feels she has to hold back and hide her feelings from Emma, and of course Jeremiah.
It's a good book, you'll enjoy it and it's a good Christian read. I recommend it and at the price, you can't go wrong.
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