Leona Speicher got the "sister" she'd always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should be, and Leona can't help comparing Gloria's engaging young parents to her own. Read more...
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Leona Speicher got the "sister" she'd always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should be, and Leona can't help comparing Gloria's engaging young parents to her own.
Leona's cousin shows a romantic interest in Gloria around the same time as Gloria's older brother expresses his fondness for Leona--it seems likely the two young women will marry into each other's families, remaining close friends for life. Thus, Leona is shocked when the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear after being expelled from the church for reasons no one will discuss. Despite Leona's pleas, Gloria goes with them, leaving more than one broken heart behind.
When Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona after a silence of several years, Leona makes up her mind to persuade her friend to return to Lancaster County and the Amish ways. Leona's fiancE, the deacon's son, is alarmed when Leona decides to go after Gloria. Will Leona's dearest wish lead to her own undoing?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-03
- Reviewer: Staff
The Plain community in Lancaster County, Penn. is the setting of this uplifting and contemporary Amish romance from veteran Lewis. When the Gingerichs moves to Lancaster County, Leona Speicher meets Gloria Gingerich, the lone girl in a family of boys, and feels her wishes for a companion and confidant have been granted. With the girls as close as any sisters could be, the possibility arises that each may marry into the others family. But when Glorias father is expelled from the church, the family suddenly disappears from Leonas life without a goodbye or a forwarding address. Three years later, Leona receives a disturbing letter from Gloria and decides to go to Arkansas in an effort to help her friend. When Gloria returns to Pennsylvania with Leona, it soon becomes evident that Gloria is torn between the peace she finds in the Plain life and her commitment to her family. The girls mature in lessons of love, friendship, faith, and even unanswered prayers, providing thought-provoking insights through a simple Amish story of friendship and abiding devotion. With graceful style and attention to detail, Lewis (The Atonement) once again crafts an easy read for first-timers and a certain favorite for her faithful fans. (Sept.)