THE WINGS OF MORNING
Pura has created one of the finest stories of Amish fiction I have ever read. The WWI-era Amish religious practices engage the reader, as does the dramatic love story. It is a story of spiritual intimacy between an Amish man and his beloved. The reader will be applauding the exceptional writing and the cast of characters demands an encore performance.
Jude and Lyyndaya wish to begin courting, but Lyyndaya’s Lapp Amish parents are not going to give the needed blessing for the courtship to begin. Then Jude is torn away from his community. He and other young men of fighting age are taken to a camp for war objectors and treated cruelly. Lyyndaya’s feelings grow stronger knowing that Jude may not live. Jude agrees to the ultimate sacrifice in order to save his brothers in faith. Will the war destroy the Lapp Amish communities’ joy forever? (HARVEST HOUSE, Feb., 300 pp., $13.99)