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Lorie Kauffman is grief-stricken when her father passes away unexpectedly. But her heartache quickly turns to bewilderment when she discovers he d been leading two lives one of simplicity and hard work in Wells Landing, and one fraught with painful ordeals in Tulsa. As she starts digging into her family s past, Lorie finds herself torn between the Amish world and the "Englisch" world and she s no longer certain where she belongs
Lorie knows that if she leaves Wells Landing, she may never be able to return. But what if her destiny lies in the outside world the world her father knew so well? Change is never easy, but with a bit of courage and the help of a handsome and kind-hearted "Englischer," she just may find the peace, acceptance, and love she s been longing for "
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Lillard (Courting Emily) returns to the Amish community of Well's Landing, Okla., in this gentle romantic meander, which begins with the death of Lorie Kauffman's father. Contrary to Amish practice, Henry Kauffman has a tattoo of Lorie's deceased mother's name. He also owns a car and a driver's license with a different identity. Against the wishes of her stepmother and her husband-to-be, Jonah, Lorie investigates her father's worldly past and her own origins with the help of Zach Calhoun, a handsome Englisch boy who works in the senior center where her dementia-stricken grandmother lives. As Lorie experiences the temptations of worldly life and Zach's charm, she risks losing her Amish family while finding her father's. Lillard integrates details of Plain life, such as young people's "buddy groups" and adult baptism, without being didactic. She also accurately conveys the strangeness of Englisch society to a young woman who never cut her hair, used a cell phone, or imagined that a society could warehouse its elderly. The romantic angle is less strong, but readers will enjoy following Lorie's adventures far from home. Agent: Mary Sue Seymour, Seymour Agency. (Aug.)