Perry begins a new series that showcases "gelassenheit," the sense of humility that characterizes the Amish lifestyle. While it is a pleasant read, there are few original elements to make it stand out from other Amish-themed novels.
When widower Daniel Glick moves to Pleasant Valley, everyone thinks that Leah would be the perfect wife for him and mother to his three children. Daniel is not impressed when he learns that Leah's ex-fiance, Johnny, has returned. Having left to pursue an education, Johnny has returned to do genetic research involving the Amish, and he needs Leah's help to access the families' information. It appears Johnny may be interested in reconciling with Leah as well. Is that what Leah desires, or is she ready to move on with another? (BERKLEY, Nov., 320 pp., $14.00)
Leslie L. McKee