THE CROSSROAD

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Philip Bradley can not get Rachel Yoder or her sweet little daughter, Annie, out of his mind. But the young widow is Amish and he is a New York journalist. Even if she is the woman of his dreams, does he dare to invade her life again? Philip wants to help Rachel, who is living with traumatic blindness caused by her experience with the death of her husband and son, but the Amish womans parents are dead-set against English ways, relying instead on Pow-wow medicine.

Rachel is looking for answers to a generation-old shunning and the seemingly too-coincidental death of her great-uncle. But her curiosity challenges the superstition and legalism of the old order of Amish life. Philip returns to Lancaster County for a sabbatical, and as the pair work together they wonder whether love can bridge their two totally different cultures.

Ms. Lewis continues to charm her readers with her understanding of the Plain People, Amish culture and her knack of weaving mystery and romance. (Nov., 320 pp., $10.99)

Reviewed by: 
Roberta Blair