Deep in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, shy Sarah King is happiest when working in her vibrant Amish kitchen garden, but new family responsibilities lead her into the confusing world of the Englisch.
Sarah finds her life turned around when she encounters the community’s new Englisch veterinarian, Grant Williams. His blue-gold eyes and his obvious concern for her people attract her immediately. Sarah seeks solace and direction from the Lord as she creates a quilt pattern which details her struggle between two worlds.
The Lord is guiding Sarah to follow His will, but will she listen?"
My Rating: Fall/Spring
Sarah is a shy, kind Amish girl whose biggest challenge at the beginning of the novel is finding the courage to run her family’s stand, where they sell produce, baked goods, and handcrafted items. But when a handsome Englisch veterinarian becomes her closest neighbor, Sarah’s life becomes more complicated—but also more vibrant.
For most of the book, I found myself really enjoying the story However, I had two issues with the book, namely the romance and the ending. In reference to the romance, I felt that Grant might have been too forward and forceful, especially because Sarah is Amish and her world is more strict and set apart than Grant’s world. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the romance. By no means! I just wasn’t sure if Grant was being fair to Sarah at first.
As for the ending, I’ll just say that I found it to be a bit unbelievable. I’m not sure what exactly I wanted, but I don’t think I was completely satisfied with what came about. The realistic elements of the story seemed to be somewhat lost at the end.
Besides those two issues, I loved the symbolism and beautiful imagery of Sarah’s garden and her quilt! I found this to be a pleasurable, rather quick read, and I look forward to the next book in this series!
*With thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*