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B&H Books (May 1, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.
I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!
I love homemade tacos, shoes, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.
I believe that God is love. I guess that’s why I adore romances.
I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I’m a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that’s me June Cleaver with a laptop.
I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)
Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Katie Rose Fisher loved Samuel Beachy with an intensity that shook their Amish district. No one doubted they would one day marry, until Samuel turned his back on the church and joined the world of the English.
Alone now in Clover Ridge, Katie Rose dedicates her life to God and the school children she teaches each day. Although she secretly longs for more, Katie knows God’s hand is at work, and she is happy.
News correspondent Zane Carson never even knew Oklahoma had an Amish community until he got the chance to live among them and learn about their day-to-day activities. Their simple way of life is intriguing, but not half as much as the young teacher.
Katie Rose is flattered over the attention she receives from Zane, but she has resolved to never marry. Even if she were to entertain the idea, it surely couldn’t be with an outsider like Zane.
Never one prone to the restraints of organized religion, Zane finds a comfort in the rituals and blessings in the day to day righteous living of this small Amish community. He finds himself, God, and love with Katie Rose.
But as Zane draws closer to Katie Rose, Samuel comes back to repent his ways and return to his place at her side. Can Zane convince Katie Rose that he is committed to adapting to her way of life, or will Samuel win her affections back for himself once again?
Amish fiction is one of my favorite Christian book genres. Author, Amy Lillard, will catch your attention and you won’t want to stop reading. Sometimes I feel like I am reading the same story written in a different way by a different author. However, I don’t think I have read one with this particular storyline. Someone that leaves the Ordnung and returns 6 years later, expecting to return to his former love as if it was just yesterday? Hmmmm, interesting. Quite a love triangle (actually 2 of them). Where will God lead each of them? Katie Rose? Zane? Samuel? Monica? Can’t give away the ending so you will have to get the book to find out.
I want to mention one part of this story that stood out to me. Christmas is celebrated with the children from the one room schoolhouse performing for their family and friends. Part of their performance is the reading of the Christmas Story from Luke. One by one, the children came forward, each reciting a verse. ending with little Samuel saying “Aemen”. I would love to see that happen in our churches today.
Most of us have heard the Christmas Story and know that Baby Jesus was laid in a manger because there was no room at the inn. Amy brings it home though, using the correct term for manger.
“But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I preclaim to you the good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.” (My emphasis)
Doesn’t that break your heart? A baby, Baby Jesus, lying in a feeding trough? It certainly makes you think when you hear it in this term.
I highly recommend this book. You won’t be disappointed.