Well-rounded characters drive this slowly developed but sweet love story about Amish life. But Brunstetter could have done more to better define and explain Amos and his attitude. It's heartening to be reminded of how important it is to have someone love and encourage you.

Kelly McGregor works 18-hour days driving mules. She had to pick up the slack after her sister, Sarah, left home to get married two years ago. Her father, Amos, takes all his frustrations about Sarah out on Kelly.

Local shop owner Mike Cooper is drawn to Kelly. When he learns of her dream to own an art gallery, he encourages her by offering to sell her sketches. To Mike's dismay, Kelly is not interested in marriage, since she's sure all men are like her overbearing father. Can Mike succeed in convincing Kelly that he is different? (BARBOUR, Jan., 224 pp., $10.97)

Reviewed by: 
Leslie L. McKee