When tragedy strikes Naomi Fisher's family, the Amish teenager and her six siblings are left without a mother. Though Naomi longs for Caleb Hoffmeier, she must help her father mind the family store and look after her sisters and brothers. When her baby brother disappears while in her charge, Naomi questions her faith and her womanliness. Confused, she flees the Amish way of life and steps into the world.
This book will appeal to those with a taste for the simple and gentle, much like the Amish themselves. The plot maintains smooth tension, but passive word choices sometimes diminish the story's punch. (Mar., 320 pp., $8.97)