The tranquil little town of Willow Ridge is facing a startling challenge. Wealthy Nora Glick Landwehr is determined to make it her home again--and put her past to rest. Cast out by her own family, Nora can't reconcile with Old Amish ways or her strict father. Read more...
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The tranquil little town of Willow Ridge is facing a startling challenge. Wealthy Nora Glick Landwehr is determined to make it her home again--and put her past to rest. Cast out by her own family, Nora can't reconcile with Old Amish ways or her strict father. But she'll do anything to help her community embrace the future . . . and make amends to the daughter she had to give up. So, she certainly has no time for her reckless new neighbor Luke Hooley. They disagree about almost everything. And how can she trust him if he always seems to believe the worst about her? Somehow, though, his unexpected support and passionate heart are helping her find her own way in faith. And Nora will discover that even in the face of insidious lies and unyielding judgment, God creates unexpected chances for forgiveness--and love.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-01-12
- Reviewer: Staff
The sweet, tiny town of Willow Ridge, Mo., is revisited in the clumsy fifth chapter of the Seasons of the Heart contemporary Amish romance series (after Breath of Spring). Nora Glick Landwehr was driven from her Amish home after she revealed her unexpected and unwelcome pregnancy. After giving her daughter to a family member to raise, she made her own way in the “English” world. Sixteen years later, after a heartbreaking divorce, Nora goes home to attempt a reconciliation with her family and to get to know her daughter. Luke Hooley, her new neighbor and what passes for a bad boy in the Amish community, is intrigued by this passionate, worldly artist. Together, they face gossip, contrived dastardly deeds, and the exaggerated quirks of family in their quest to find love. Jarring notes arising from the novel’s unconventional portrayal of the Amish (Luke asks Nora, “What does it take to get to first base with you?”) are exacerbated by the awkward attempts at lighthearted goodwill. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Mar.)