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Genre: Inspirational, Historical Romance
Heavy on fascinating historical and cultural detail but light on credible motivation, this novel features parallel stories set centuries apart, focusing primarily on the bland trials of a modern-day career woman who rather unbelievably ditches it all for Amish living. Unfortunately, the far more intriguing story — of an 18th-century Dutch woman who marries into one of Pennsylvania’s founding Amish families and confronts a life-long struggle for acceptance — is given short shrift. Newport can tell a tale of heart-rending emotional depth. Here’s hoping she revisits her real-life ancestor Elizabeth Byler’s story one day.
Fleeing a corporate conspiracy, millionaire software whiz Annalise Friesen takes refuge in a small Colorado town and meets Rufus Beiler, an Amish carpenter whose quiet faith calls to her restless soul. A few clicks of Annie’s mouse reveal that she and Rufus share a common colonial ancestor. Will Annalise’s growing fascination with Amish spirituality (and Rufus) recall the painful events of centuries past, or lay the foundation for a promising future? (BARBOUR, Oct., 368 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed By: Carolyn Martin
Published: October 2012