Annie Zook, the daughter of an Amish preacher, is ferhoodled -- trapped between her Amish upbringing and her desire to paint, a practice forbidden by her Plain community. For years, she has kept her art a secret, hidden away in snatched moments of pleasure with paint and canvas in her less strict Mennonite relative's attic. She has reveled in her pen-pal relationship with a wealthy Denver socialite who shares her love of art.

But her pen pal's sudden visit to the Amish community and other unforeseen events threaten to expose Annie's secret. Is Annie an artist or an Amish? Why can't she be both?

Lewis' first in a new series sparkles. Heartrending circumstances mingle with light moments, leaving the reader satisfied yet eager for the next book. (Oct., 352 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson