TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH
This is the first in the Bliss Creek Amish series. Irvin ably demonstrates that many people harden their hearts toward God in times of trouble, but that one’s focus should be on the future and not the past.
Teacher Emma Shirack’s world is turned upside down when her parents are killed in an accident. She struggles with forgiveness, though that is the Amish way. She finds comfort in Thomas Brennaman, a widower and father of four. Carl Freiling, who left Emma to pursue an education, shows up for the funeral and wants to resume their relationship. After learning the details of Carl’s time away, Emma questions whether forgiveness is possible. (HARVEST HOUSE, Mar., 304 pp., $13.99)