Miriam’s Secret by Jerry S. Eicher is Book 1 in the Land of Promise Series.
The Amish family of Miriam Yoder is barely eking out a living on their farm. As the oldest child of ten, Miriam looks for and finds a job in order to assist her family.
Miriam’s job is to be caretaker and housekeeper for an Englischer, Mr. Bland. Her job not only helps her family but also helps ease the mind of Mr. Bland’s sister, Rose.
Miriam comes to think of Mr. Bland as a father figure. He feels like Miriam is the daughter he never had. He gives her continual raises because she is such a kind, generous and caring employee.
One day, as Miriam is preparing breakfast, Mr. Bland passes away. Miriam is heartbroken and returns home that day full of grief.
On the day of the funeral, Rose picks up Miriam and tells her they will visit an attorney after the service. Unknown to Miriam and something she had never asked for, Mr. Bland has named her in his will.
Upon visiting the attorney, Miriam learns Mr. Bland left her his entire farm, enough capital to run it and two million dollars. (An amount equal to 1/3 of his vast estate, the other two equal portions were divided between Rose and charities.) Stunned, Miriam requests, initially that her family know nothing of the inheritance.
As Miriam struggles with her inheritance, along with many hard questions from her family, she finally tells them about the farm and the operating expenses. She fears for the repercussions if she were to tell them of the two million dollars and continues to harbor the secret.
Unable to face the ignominy of a boy that wants to court her, only after learning of her farm inheritance, Miriam decides to visit her Aunt and Uncle in an Amish community in Oklahoma, and takes her sister Shirley, who is closest to her in age.
Miriam has many choices to face, does not know which way to turn and loses her way for a while. She frequently asks herself, should she stay in Oklahoma, will she ever marry, what can or should she do about the inheritance, is she able to fulfill God’s will for her?
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