This is more than a story of women whose lives intersect; it’s a tale that explores what happens when you have a second chance at making things right, even if it opens old wounds. Petersheim is an amazing new author. She draws upon her Amish and Mennonite heritage for her stories to give her readers glimpses into these ways of life.
Mennonite Rhoda Mummau is proud of her work as the head midwife for the Hopen Haus, a safe haven for unwed pregnant women. But when someone from her past shows up, she knows it’s only a matter of time before her secret is revealed. She’s terrified that she’ll be asked to leave her Mennonite community, the only place she has felt safe. Then Amelia shows up at Hopen Haus and Rhoda has a feeling she’s met the young, pregnant woman before. When the past and present collide, it could be a new beginning for Rhoda as she learns to forgive herself and start healing. (TYNDALE, Jun., 400 pp., $14.99)