I really enjoyed The Englisch Daughter, the most current book written by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall.
I recently read several Amish stories, but unlike those romances, The Englisch Daughter deals with starker, more realistic and sobering aspects of Amish life.
Jemima and Roy Graber are Old Order Amish. However, the issues they and other members of their extended family face are real-world crises. Misunderstandings and lack of discretion create a set of circumstances like a house of cards that begins to fall due to an incident of infidelity, anger, feelings of revenge and helplessness. The family also becomes embroiled in external events that include child abuse, mental illness, deceit and life-threatening situations.
As I read the story, I could empathize with the characters as they faced each set of occurrences through the lenses of their childhood and adult life. How many times as fallen and failing humans do we jump to erroneous conclusions, or harbor anger and revenge? Or, lacking role models or love as we grew, how often we choose crazy, foolish ideas and plans.
I appreciate the honesty and realness the Woodsmalls imparted into The Englisch Daughter, and I always look forward to reading more books they have written.
I received the book from Waterbrook Multnomah. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
A marriage is tested in this Old Order Amish novel of longing for renewed love and a path for forgiveness from the best-selling author of Gathering the Threads.
Old Order Amish wife and mother Jemima has put her marriage and family ahead of herself for years. She’s set herself aside. Raising four children, she’s followed all the rules and has been patient in looking forward to her time to chase a dream of her own.
But when she finds out that her life savings for pursuing that dream is gone–and her husband, Roy, has been hiding a child with another woman–her entire world is shattered. Will she be able to listen to God and love Roy’s child? With so much at stake, how can she and Roy fix their relationship before their lives come crashing down?
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