The Back of the Book: Rebecca always dreamed of being a mother, and now she is – of two teenage girls. Somehow, it just wasn’t the scenario she had planned.
Rebecca Kauffman longs to fulfil her quiet Old Order Amish life by giving her husband, Daniel, a child, but for years she has been unable to conceive. When her older sister, Grace, who left the Amish community for the modern world, dies in an automobile accident, Rebecca is left custody of her two teenage nieces, Jessica and Lindsay. Now Rebecca wonders how she is going to take on this daunting task of being an Amish woman raising two English teenagers.
Rebecca struggles to give the girls the guidance they need as she tries to fulfil her duties as an Amish wife. The strain between Rebecca and Daniel mounts as the girls search for their identity in this new home. Caught between her husband’s disapproval and her niece’s unhappiness, Rebecca begins to question her plce in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God. Will she be able to reconcile differences in her home – or will the clash of cultures tear her world apart?
NotJustLaura’s Review: There are a few rough edges in this first novel and Ms Clipston’s language is sometimes repetitive but this is easy to forgive as one gets drawn into the story. It’s really a simple case of culture-shock as the Amish and modern worlds collide and I found it fairly easy to work out what was going to happen to Rebecca and her nieces. However, the characters and scenes were so lovingly depicted that I found myself standing in the Kauffman kitchen helping with the washing up, inhaling the scents of the furniture store and eyeing up all the goodies at the bakery! Having finished the book just a short while ago – and having failed to anticipate the final scenes – a little bit of me is still in Lancaster County and the next book in the series is on my wish-list.