In this novel, romance, secrets and heartfelt tragedy align. Irvin describes matters of the heart with grace and empathy. She also gives readers a glimpse into the world of the Amish and shows that they are not so different from non-Amish when dealing with losing a loved one.
Phoebe Christner can’t believe that she and her family are going spend a week at the lake. Sure there’ll be chores, but there will also be Michael Daugherty, whom Phoebe has loved for a long time from afar. When tragedy befalls the Christners, Phoebe’s world is shattered. Then she finds out Michael has left the community to live in the English world. Michael fully blames himself for what happened and can’t face Phoebe or her family. He’s fearful they will never forgive him, but his love for Phoebe is pulling him back. (HARVEST HOUSE, Mar., 352 pp., $13.99)