The Englisch Daughter
A marriage is tested in this Old Order Amish novel of longing for renewed love and a path for forgiveness from the best-selling author of Gathering the Threads . Old Order Amish wife and mother Jemima has put her marriage and family ahead of herself for years. She's set herself aside. Raising four children, she's followed all the rules and has been patient in looking forward to her time to chase a dream of her own.But when she finds out that her life savings for pursuing that dream is gone--and her husband, Roy, has been hiding a child with another woman--her entire world is shattered. Will she be able to listen to God and love Roy's child? With so much at stake, how can she and Roy fix their relationship before their lives come crashing down?

The Englisch Daughter Details

TitleThe Englisch Daughter
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 21st, 2020
PublisherWaterbrook Press
ISBN-139780735291027
Rating
GenreAmish, Romance, Christian Fiction, Amish Fiction, Christian, Family

The Englisch Daughter Review

  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    This book is very different from the typical Amish books I've been reading .Emotional issues are deeply touched upon and discussed after being brought to the forefront of the Amish couples marriage. These subjects are never easy for any couple to deal with but the circumstances are unusual to encounter in an Amish marriage.I do believe the authors have done a beautiful job of handling the issues through faith,strength,scripture,forgiveness,talking it out and good old fashioned love and renewal o This book is very different from the typical Amish books I've been reading .Emotional issues are deeply touched upon and discussed after being brought to the forefront of the Amish couples marriage. These subjects are never easy for any couple to deal with but the circumstances are unusual to encounter in an Amish marriage.I do believe the authors have done a beautiful job of handling the issues through faith,strength,scripture,forgiveness,talking it out and good old fashioned love and renewal of faith in the marriage.I highly recommend this book for all Amish book readers and believe it will strengthen your faith.Pub Date 21 Apr 2020 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    My Thoughts...Woodsmall always writes the best forgiveness stories. Most of the Amish fiction is the same stories over an over. But not this one it is not typical at all.I was so touched by this story. I want the world to read it.You wont be sorry.Read it and find out What happens when your spouse has become a stranger.I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it. You are going to thank me after you read it.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was n My Thoughts...Woodsmall always writes the best forgiveness stories. Most of the Amish fiction is the same stories over an over. But not this one it is not typical at all.I was so touched by this story. I want the world to read it.You wont be sorry.Read it and find out What happens when your spouse has become a stranger.I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it. You are going to thank me after you read it.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    This book deserves 5 stars because I was really into this book!. Wow!I felt like Cindy was truly telling my story with my husband just wow I'm totally floored!! I'm sure I had to pick my jaw up from the floor several times!! Just wow!Guess I'm still in shock over thos awesome Amish story. I won't give any details except that it hit pretty close to home. Jemima is a woman to be admired. I felt she was me! You see, I don't believe in divorce but oh how hard it is!! Anger and sadness would have jus This book deserves 5 stars because I was really into this book!. Wow!I felt like Cindy was truly telling my story with my husband just wow I'm totally floored!! I'm sure I had to pick my jaw up from the floor several times!! Just wow!Guess I'm still in shock over thos awesome Amish story. I won't give any details except that it hit pretty close to home. Jemima is a woman to be admired. I felt she was me! You see, I don't believe in divorce but oh how hard it is!! Anger and sadness would have just eaten me alive if I had let it.Forgiveness is a mighty hars thing to do and it certainly will make you look at a person so much differently. It has me.Men are such complicated creatures!! They are controlling they don't let you in on what they are doing and certainly not their business aspects. I know I have one of those. I married unequally or unyoked. I thought I could change him but so far no. I pray daily. Sometimes I wonder if God even hears? I feel like sometimes you know.This author has done a very good job in telling about unusual details in an Amish story. She has added just enough detail to make you want to keep turning the pages in this book to see what happens to Jemima, Roy, Abigail and Chris. The simple if the matter is we can't do things on our own. Sometimes we have to have Devine intervention. We will end up making messes of things if we don't ask for help. It can become a burden to do it on your own! I know it's a proud thing to ask for help but sometimes we need help even if it's just from neighbours, close friends or even our parents. But most of all God. He can do so much if we only ask Him.My thanks to Netgalley and Waterbrook publishers. No compensations were received and all opinions are my own.
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  • Kelsie Maxwell
    January 1, 1970
    The Englisch Daughter by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall is an excellent addition to their impressive catalog of Amish fiction. Jemima Graber is an Amish wife and mother of four with a dream to start her own business. Her husband supports her dream which is unusual in Amish communities where women aren’t encouraged to work outside the home. Jemima is devastated to learn that her husband, Roy, has fathered a child with another woman and spent the life savings that was set aside for her business. Roy’s b The Englisch Daughter by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall is an excellent addition to their impressive catalog of Amish fiction. Jemima Graber is an Amish wife and mother of four with a dream to start her own business. Her husband supports her dream which is unusual in Amish communities where women aren’t encouraged to work outside the home. Jemima is devastated to learn that her husband, Roy, has fathered a child with another woman and spent the life savings that was set aside for her business. Roy’s behavior is atrocious, but as an Old Order Amish wife Jemima is expected to instantly forgive and forget, still yielding to her husband as the head of the household. To further complicate matters, Jemima has to treat and love Heidi, her husband’s child, as if she is one of her own. Does she have it in her? In The Englisch Daughter the Woodsmalls approach love and forgiveness from a unique but authentic perspective. The plot lends itself well to the theme. The characters are well-rounded, likable and believable. The Englisch Daughter is about forgiveness and true love. Love in it’s physical form. I rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to all readers of Amish fiction. My thanks to WaterBrook & Multnomah and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    Jemima Graber is an old-order Amish wife and mother. Recently she and her husband, Roy, have become distant. She has four little ones and has been a dutiful wife and mom, patiently waiting for her dream of owning a food truck to come true while Roy continues to invest in the family's horse farm. Only now, something is wrong and her dream isn't going to be realized. Roy is distant and his behavior is erratic. What is wrong? Read the Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall to find Jemima Graber is an old-order Amish wife and mother. Recently she and her husband, Roy, have become distant. She has four little ones and has been a dutiful wife and mom, patiently waiting for her dream of owning a food truck to come true while Roy continues to invest in the family's horse farm. Only now, something is wrong and her dream isn't going to be realized. Roy is distant and his behavior is erratic. What is wrong? Read the Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall to find out.I haven't read an Amish novel for a long time so I don't have a lot to compare it to, but I enjoyed The Englisch Daughter. The story grabbed me from the beginning and kept me turning pages quickly until the end. I was also impressed that this book deals with some issues many women deal with like how to remain close to your spouse during the years of parenting young children. It also dealt with some issues that are unique to the Amish and I learned some things about the Amish way of life in today's world. The Englisch Daughter also made me think about forgiveness and how to deal with those who hurt us from a spiritual perspective. It was a much more complex story than I expected to find and everything seemed to tie together well. I was so glad for the opportunity to read this book.I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers. All opinions within this review are my own.
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    The Englisch Daughter was Ah Maz Ing! I read this puppy in two days. When I got it, I thought I'd read a few pages to see what it was all about. Well about four hours later, I find myself about half way through it. This book isn't just a fluffy light read. This story has depth and emotion that I haven't found in most Amish books. I loved the characters. I felt their pain. I kept thinking to myself, would I react like that? How would I react? How would I feel? I'm telling y'all this book is worth The Englisch Daughter was Ah Maz Ing! I read this puppy in two days. When I got it, I thought I'd read a few pages to see what it was all about. Well about four hours later, I find myself about half way through it. This book isn't just a fluffy light read. This story has depth and emotion that I haven't found in most Amish books. I loved the characters. I felt their pain. I kept thinking to myself, would I react like that? How would I react? How would I feel? I'm telling y'all this book is worth it. The ending is absolutely precious and happy. These are new to me authors and I will be reading more by them. I will definitely recommend to all Amish book lovers and any who are looking for a good read.*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, this is my honest opinion.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely a page-turner, except for a small portion about 3/4 of the way through, interesting plot and backstories for some of the characters, unexpected plot twists, and strong discussions of Amish versus Englisch, women's rights, redemption and forgiveness. Two couples filled most of the pages - Jemima and Roy and Abigail and Chris. While I enjoyed Jemima's character, I have to say that Abigail and Chris were my favorite of the two couples. I really didn't care for Roy. Seeing how each relati Definitely a page-turner, except for a small portion about 3/4 of the way through, interesting plot and backstories for some of the characters, unexpected plot twists, and strong discussions of Amish versus Englisch, women's rights, redemption and forgiveness. Two couples filled most of the pages - Jemima and Roy and Abigail and Chris. While I enjoyed Jemima's character, I have to say that Abigail and Chris were my favorite of the two couples. I really didn't care for Roy. Seeing how each relationship grew and changed over the pages, especially after throwing a secret baby into the mix, gave me mixed feelings. But, that's the nature of forgiveness, it can be messy and hard.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I’m in a book fog! The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is so incredibly good I truly do not even know how to properly review this book. Nothing I say will ever be good enough. The plotline is so excellent that The Englisch Daughter is unputdownable. The characters are superbly crafted. Each one is unique and relatable in their own right. The conflicts absolutely make this book. The pages FLEW by because I just had to read one more chapter. And, the topics are so discussio I’m in a book fog! The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is so incredibly good I truly do not even know how to properly review this book. Nothing I say will ever be good enough. The plotline is so excellent that The Englisch Daughter is unputdownable. The characters are superbly crafted. Each one is unique and relatable in their own right. The conflicts absolutely make this book. The pages FLEW by because I just had to read one more chapter. And, the topics are so discussion-worthy I believe this book would make an exceptional book-club choice. The Englisch Daughter is one of the best books I’ve read this year!Jemima is the BEST character in The Englisch Daughter. I really did like all of the characters in this book because they are unique and endearing, and I found the ways they deal with their conflicts to be realistic and relatable, but Jemima is exceptional. She 100% wormed her way into my heart and I won’t soon forget her. I’m not going to discuss any of the awful conflicts that tore apart Jemima’s life because I’m afraid I would accidentally spoil her story. Instead, I want to briefly discuss Jemima’s absolutely real reactions to all that happened to her. First, there’s the complete sense of shellshock and total disbelief that what happened to her actually happened. Then there is anger, anger that lasts a long, long time. And with the anger comes frustration, a need to explode (but can’t), the desire to find answers, a tremendous need to escape and hide, a fear that things will never be good again, and a sense of complete powerlessness. Jemima feels all of this and more. What I appreciate SO much about this story is that it understandably took Jemima a long time to forgive, and what’s even more outstanding is the authors’ discussion that taking a good amount of time to forgive — not just the person who did the hurtful thing, but God and ourselves — is completely OK. Time heals. I don’t buy quick forgiveness. When things hurt us, it only makes sense that we take quality time to process, make sense of the pain, heal, and then forgive. Jemima is a stellar character. Her reactions to her issues validated the moments in my life when I have felt BIG feelings and struggled to get to the point of forgiveness.The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is a must-read story that I highly recommend. I implore you to purchase a copy of this novel today. This is one story you do NOT want to miss.I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Waterbrook Press, via NetGalley in order to review. I also received a paperback copy of this book from the publisher as well. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    There is a reason why Cindy Woodsmall and her daughter-in-law Erin are among my top three favorite Amish authors and THE ENGLISCH DAUGHTER is a good example why. i was kind of hesitant to start it as I had just finished a page-turner romantic suspense and you know when you come off a book high... Well, this book extended the high! I fell in love with Jem and Roy, Abi and Chris and I *had* to keep reading to see what happened next. I ignored my own work deadline and read the entire book in a day. There is a reason why Cindy Woodsmall and her daughter-in-law Erin are among my top three favorite Amish authors and THE ENGLISCH DAUGHTER is a good example why. i was kind of hesitant to start it as I had just finished a page-turner romantic suspense and you know when you come off a book high... Well, this book extended the high! I fell in love with Jem and Roy, Abi and Chris and I *had* to keep reading to see what happened next. I ignored my own work deadline and read the entire book in a day. It was that good. Now I don't want to read the next book! The characters are realistic. the circumstances real life, and the story-telling top-notch. I *loved* this book! There's some valuable life lessons included too.If you are looking for a great Amish book to read, grab a copy of THE ENGLISCH DAUGHTER today.I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    This book was not what I expected. It was so much better! When reading I experienced such deep emotions along with the characters. This book explored betrayal and hurt along with forgiveness. I read most of this book in one day. It is that good! This is definitely not your typical Amish story. I loved it!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Vikki Vaught
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks goes to the publisher, via Net-Galley, for the chance to read and review The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall in advance of publication. This is an Amish Fiction novel. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.The Englisch Daughter is a riveting novel that held me in its thrall from the first page to the last. At times, it had my heart stopping as I waited for what would happen next. The writing is emotional, and the plot is spellbinding. This story will stay with me a Thanks goes to the publisher, via Net-Galley, for the chance to read and review The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall in advance of publication. This is an Amish Fiction novel. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.The Englisch Daughter is a riveting novel that held me in its thrall from the first page to the last. At times, it had my heart stopping as I waited for what would happen next. The writing is emotional, and the plot is spellbinding. This story will stay with me a long time and will go in my keeper file.There are several central characters in this book. Jemima has gone through almost losing her husband and daughter in a horrific buggy accident, both of them have challenges. Her husband has been through hell from dealing with Opiate addiction, to being manipulated by a very troubled young woman, to anxiety that if his wife learns what he’s done, the emotional pain will be more than she can handle.Abigail is Roy’s sister, and she’s been impacted by the manipulation from the woman as well. She planned to partner with Jemima in running the food cart, she’d planed on purchasing, but Roy has spent all the money. She also has relationship issues and has never dated anyone more than a few weeks. Chris is another main character, and he also has his own set of issues as well. When an attraction develops between him and Abigail, their issues threaten to keep them apart.I could feel the heartache and pain from all these wonderful characters. This made The Englisch Daughter a fascinating reading experience. The love stories involved are emotionally charged, the character development is amazing.If you enjoy Amish fiction with compelling characters and a soul wrenching plot, then you will love The Englisch Daughter as much as I did. I highly recommend this book. I always know I’m in for a fantastic reading experience when reading one of Ms. Woodsmall’s outstanding novels. Happy reading!
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  • Becky Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    The Englisch Daughter may be an Amish novel, but I was amazed at how much wisdom a married or single person could glean from it. Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall have teamed up to write a volume of prose that explores the attitude pits, so easy to fall into, but so hard to escape. Between the two relationships the Woodsmalls examine, one the marriage of Jemima and Roy, the other the blossoming attraction between Abigail and Chris, we see lies, deceit, cover-ups, and barriers. What will it take The Englisch Daughter may be an Amish novel, but I was amazed at how much wisdom a married or single person could glean from it. Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall have teamed up to write a volume of prose that explores the attitude pits, so easy to fall into, but so hard to escape. Between the two relationships the Woodsmalls examine, one the marriage of Jemima and Roy, the other the blossoming attraction between Abigail and Chris, we see lies, deceit, cover-ups, and barriers. What will it take for each couple to come to honesty and forgiveness? Can the relationships continue, or will the wrongs done be too great to overcome?”When the honeymoon was over...marriage seemed to be a constant war between gratefulness and resentment, between contentment and restlessness, between what was too real and what wasn’t real enough.” Surely this is a truth that a lot of marriages run up against. They will either continue the dance between the two attitudes or choose to let the less needful attitude go. I also loved another quote that any person who has been married for many years will tell you, in some form.“...In every long-standing relationship, when life turned emotions on their heads and the only thing one felt was the opposite of what he or she used to feel, love became a decision and it stood the test of time.”One person I know says, “Every morning I get up and I choose to stay married today.” Surprisingly, it isn’t just Chris and Roy who need to make changes. Jemima and Abigail discover they also harbor attitudes that need to be forgiven, barriers that need to be lowered, and they both need to be vulnerable. In case this sounds like a book full of only ruminations, don’t be fooled for a minute. There are boxing fights, fights with baseball bats, a horse farm disease, a tiny baby whose existence is threatened, then a lot of suspense about the baby’s living arrangements. No time for boring here. Plus you will relate to the tenseness of several situations the characters find themselves in, and you may just sigh with relief when life seems to right itself again. There are study questions (that would make this an excellent book club pick)and also a glossary in the back of the book.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook-Multnomah. This in no way affects my opinions, for which I am solely responsible.
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  • Vera Godley
    January 1, 1970
    Typically, stories about the Amish portray a group of separatists whose faith is strict and one to which they dutifully adhere. Each faith community is a unique community of believers who blindly follow the rules of their order and the bishop that presides over their faith community. Community is inclusive of farmers, business people, families, singles. Their rules for entering the church and the community are to be completely followed or result in shunning of the individual. But the shunning im Typically, stories about the Amish portray a group of separatists whose faith is strict and one to which they dutifully adhere. Each faith community is a unique community of believers who blindly follow the rules of their order and the bishop that presides over their faith community. Community is inclusive of farmers, business people, families, singles. Their rules for entering the church and the community are to be completely followed or result in shunning of the individual. But the shunning impacts the individual's family in a emotionally disturbing way.The Amish community in which The Englisch Daughter takes place is somewhat different. Typically, the Amish do not allow for phones on one's person and in the home. They also do not allow for computers. The exception is occasionally made when it is required for a business and must be approved by the bishop. In The Englisch Daughter the use of cell phones and knowledge of computer usage is extant and seemingly not frowned upon. They still don't have their own cars and trucks relying on buggies. However, they do call for an Uber using their cell phones. So the community in which this story takes place is strict in some of the Amish constraints but not others. The co-authors have beautifully written how men and women interact in marriage both Amish and otherwise.The overbearing and all-authoritarian status of men with the wife and mother being homemakers and servants in the home without any decision making capabilities is typical of the Amish. It is, too, typical of many non-Amish homes. This story brings out the struggle of women to be appreciated, respected, and involved in more than a servant's role in marriages. As with other Cindy Woodsmall beautifully crafted stories, The Englisch Daughter is a wonderful read that will take the reader through a series of emotional rides as they become mentally involved with the plight and heartbreak of Jemima, the betrayed wife, and as they bear the heartbreaking distancing of Abigale and Chris. The book's ending has a superb twist that could only have been discovered through the use of cell phones and computers - how surprising in an Amish story.I highly recommend.DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary advanced reader's copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.
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  • Elizabeth Meadows
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Waterbrook/Multnomah for sending me an ARC of this book.I enjoyed The Englisch Daughter very much. Despite the fact that as early as chapter 2, I was pretty sure of what the eventual outcome would be in regards to the main story line, this book was a real page turner. Since most of my reading comes from audio books, I sometimes slog through print books and have to force myself to sit down and read more than a chapter or two at a time. That was not the case here. I wanted to read sev Thank you to Waterbrook/Multnomah for sending me an ARC of this book.I enjoyed The Englisch Daughter very much. Despite the fact that as early as chapter 2, I was pretty sure of what the eventual outcome would be in regards to the main story line, this book was a real page turner. Since most of my reading comes from audio books, I sometimes slog through print books and have to force myself to sit down and read more than a chapter or two at a time. That was not the case here. I wanted to read several chapters in each sitting and hated to put the book down when it was necessary. This was perhaps a bit more scandalous than most Amish Inspirational books that I've read, but I think that is what made it more interesting. Many might think that the assumed forgiveness on the part of each of the Amish characters might be unrealistic in a situation of this nature. However, I think that this book helps remind us that forgiveness is always the best for those involved. The story lines include each of the main characters coming to a place where they felt they needed to forgive themselves, even if they were the one that wrong had been done to. I think this is a good theme as well. What bothered me about the book was the author's need to explain what the Amish words meant. In most cases it's very obvious. Most of the Amish words used sound much like their English counterparts. Plus, even if you don't know the word or phrase, you can usually tell what it means by the context. Also, there was a glossary of Amish words and phrases in the back. Therefore, the explanations of what they meant within the narrative was completely unnecessary and made it seemed like the author and publisher gave the reader no credit. Overall though, I enjoyed this book. This was my second book by this author team and would happily read more by them.
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  • Marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this is one intense book to read filled with complex characters and plots. This story is about Roy and his infidelity within an Amish community that is filled with deceit and lies until the truth is revealed. Jemima and Roy marriage is strained due to his behaviors. Jemima and Abigail, Roy’s sister, are devastated when they are told there are no funds left in the savings account to fulfill their dream of a food truck. Bring in another Amish man Chris to help Roy on his horse farm, only to d Wow, this is one intense book to read filled with complex characters and plots. This story is about Roy and his infidelity within an Amish community that is filled with deceit and lies until the truth is revealed. Jemima and Roy marriage is strained due to his behaviors. Jemima and Abigail, Roy’s sister, are devastated when they are told there are no funds left in the savings account to fulfill their dream of a food truck. Bring in another Amish man Chris to help Roy on his horse farm, only to discover he is assisting his addict brother with his gambling debts by fighting for money. The characters have several unique circumstances and issues to overcome. This story is filled with true to life issues to overcome; however, there is a faith message of forgiveness, God’s love, romance and mercy even after suffering intense pain and sorrow of rejection. This is a well penned story by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall confronting some modern issues. I’m never disappointed in reading their books as they are relatable stories about real life issues. Thank you to NetGalley and Waterbrook publisher for an opportunity to read this advance book. I was not required to write a positive review but have shared my own thoughts as this book is definitely a 5++ star read.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    A different type of read. Set in an Amish community this book looks at one marriage that is on the brink of collapse due to an illegitimate child. It explores the way each spouse lives in the marriage and how they feel about their positions. Added to the story are the sub-stories: a deadly horse sickness; a sister who is determined not too marry; a man who hasn't fully decided where he belongs.Beautifully written, it was so interesting to see how some modern technology has come into the world of A different type of read. Set in an Amish community this book looks at one marriage that is on the brink of collapse due to an illegitimate child. It explores the way each spouse lives in the marriage and how they feel about their positions. Added to the story are the sub-stories: a deadly horse sickness; a sister who is determined not too marry; a man who hasn't fully decided where he belongs.Beautifully written, it was so interesting to see how some modern technology has come into the world of the Amish. I found the journey that especially Roy undertook in understanding how Jemima felt very insightful. The whole Barber extended family was actually way more progressive in their thinking than what I would have expected.Although its set in Amish country, there are many lessons that can be transferred to our normal lives; marriages and relationships. Very appropriate Bible verses are used and it leaves one with a lot to think about.Roy & Jemima's journey to save their marriage (& save a helpless child) was a brave and inspiring one. I loved the ending - a happily ever after for everyone.Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me the chance to read this book.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    What a range of emotions this book brings out, and they continue right to the last page and beyond to the epilogue.All the while I'm reading, I kept think, but "these people are Amish", and I guess I hold them to a higher standard, but we are all human and sinners. The author's did a wonderful job of weaving a tale that made you want to shake the main character, and yet have compassion for him, and the innocent baby!I can warn you, you will be page turning and there is never a dull moment, and t What a range of emotions this book brings out, and they continue right to the last page and beyond to the epilogue.All the while I'm reading, I kept think, but "these people are Amish", and I guess I hold them to a higher standard, but we are all human and sinners. The author's did a wonderful job of weaving a tale that made you want to shake the main character, and yet have compassion for him, and the innocent baby!I can warn you, you will be page turning and there is never a dull moment, and there is a lot going on here, from horses to fighting, from cooking to farming, from family to friends, and those less fortunate, giving and receiving, and forgiveness.A book that I will be recommending, it has something for everyone!I received this book through the Publisher Waterbrook, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Rhonda
    January 1, 1970
    5 Stars: 5/5 Star RatingCan you imagine the embarrassment and betrayal you would feel if your husband had been hiding a woman AND a baby? Imagine being an Amish couple and this being the case. Jemima finds herself in this very situation and she's not happy! She's not ready to be a good Amish wife and just forgive without question either. What will happen? Will Roy and Jemima ever be able to overcome the heartache and betrayal he has brought into their home and marriage? This one really had me wa 5 Stars: 5/5 Star RatingCan you imagine the embarrassment and betrayal you would feel if your husband had been hiding a woman AND a baby? Imagine being an Amish couple and this being the case. Jemima finds herself in this very situation and she's not happy! She's not ready to be a good Amish wife and just forgive without question either. What will happen? Will Roy and Jemima ever be able to overcome the heartache and betrayal he has brought into their home and marriage? This one really had me wanting to keep reading. In fact, I read it in two nights. It was so good that I didn't want to quit even to sleep, but I did have to put it down for a bit. I received a digital ARC of this book from netgalley and Waterbrook Press. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Virginia Winfield
    January 1, 1970
    This is definitely not a regular book about the Amish. This is one of the first books that I have read that has the main characters having a different set of problems than I have read about before. Jemima and Roy seem to be growing apart because of something that happened months before after an accident that he was in. I loved how this book was put together. This made me cry in a lot of places. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of This is definitely not a regular book about the Amish. This is one of the first books that I have read that has the main characters having a different set of problems than I have read about before. Jemima and Roy seem to be growing apart because of something that happened months before after an accident that he was in. I loved how this book was put together. This made me cry in a lot of places. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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  • Jody Joy
    January 1, 1970
    This was an exceptionally fascinating and diverse interpretation of an Amish marriage. I do not think I have ever perused a book that secured this subject. The subject being unfaithfulness, in a marriage, and the outcome being an infant covered up until conditions destroyed that right. It was unusual to see phones and Ubers right now. This was a brisk perused, which was decent. In the event that you are searching for another glance at Amish life, this one is for you.I received a copy of this boo This was an exceptionally fascinating and diverse interpretation of an Amish marriage. I do not think I have ever perused a book that secured this subject. The subject being unfaithfulness, in a marriage, and the outcome being an infant covered up until conditions destroyed that right. It was unusual to see phones and Ubers right now. This was a brisk perused, which was decent. In the event that you are searching for another glance at Amish life, this one is for you.I received a copy of this book from the publisher Waterbrook Multnomah, in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Sarah Carter
    January 1, 1970
    “No one could live as he had – half in the Amish world and half out – and not be dangerous.”Jemima has been feeling her husband Roy grow distant for months. She chalked it up to the recovery from a car and buggy accident that left them living apart for a few months while he recovered and she was on bed rest for pregnancy. However, when he tells her the money is gone that has been saved for years to get her and her sister a food truck and then disappears, Jemima can’t help but think the worst. Bu “No one could live as he had – half in the Amish world and half out – and not be dangerous.”Jemima has been feeling her husband Roy grow distant for months. She chalked it up to the recovery from a car and buggy accident that left them living apart for a few months while he recovered and she was on bed rest for pregnancy. However, when he tells her the money is gone that has been saved for years to get her and her sister a food truck and then disappears, Jemima can’t help but think the worst. But the truth is actually something she never imagined.The Englisch Daughter is an Amish novel about love and trust. I received an advanced copy in exchange for a fair review from Penguin Random House. I’ve never read a book by Woodsall and have actually only read a handful of Amish novels, although two were read very recently. (The Missing and The Secret by Beverly Lewis). Jemima’s sister, Abigail, plans to stay single unless she can marry an Amish man who also lets her have some control of her own life. When Chris comes to help Roy with the horse farm, she finally feels interested in a man, but he comes with his own baggage. He enjoys boxing, which is against Amish teaching. He’ll have to choose, but Abigail won’t accept anything but a man who is entirely in one world or the other.As the two stories unfold in The Englisch Daughter, there is more drama than you would typically expect in the Amish world. However, it makes the characters more real and authentic than I’ve seen in an Amish novel yet. I really enjoyed the story.Read more here: https://sarahannecarter.com/the-engli...
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  • Bonnie DeMoss
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The Englisch Daughter tells the story of an Old Order Amish couple whose marriage is threatened by lies and deceit. Jemima knows her husband is keeping something from her, and his secrets and lies eventually unravel. This is a story of how a couple fights for their marriage against all odds. There is a secondary story in this book of another couple, Abigail and Chris, which did not hold my attention as much, so I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The Englisch Daughter tells the story of an Old Order Amish couple whose marriage is threatened by lies and deceit. Jemima knows her husband is keeping something from her, and his secrets and lies eventually unravel. This is a story of how a couple fights for their marriage against all odds. There is a secondary story in this book of another couple, Abigail and Chris, which did not hold my attention as much, so this book gets 4 stars instead of 5. Cindy Woodsmall is a well known author of Amish fiction, and her daughter in law joins her in writing The Englisch Daughter. I learned some things I did not know when reading this book. For example, I did not know that some Amish men are permitted to use cell phones or that the Amish are now calling for rides on Uber. Very interesting facts. If you enjoy reading about Amish fiction and culture, you will enjoy this book. #Netgalley #TheEnglischDaughter #Amishfiction
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    I have read many other books by this author. I love the authors voice. She creates carefully crafted characters. Although I was not sure I would like or finish this book. Cindy Woodsmall tells a totally different side to what we usually think of when reading an Amish Christian love story. Infidelity in a marriage and hiding the child out of wedlock until the truth comes out. Then expecting your wife to raise your child as her own. I was surprised also at all the Uber usage and cell phones. I am I have read many other books by this author. I love the authors voice. She creates carefully crafted characters. Although I was not sure I would like or finish this book. Cindy Woodsmall tells a totally different side to what we usually think of when reading an Amish Christian love story. Infidelity in a marriage and hiding the child out of wedlock until the truth comes out. Then expecting your wife to raise your child as her own. I was surprised also at all the Uber usage and cell phones. I am sure some changes in the Amish communities happen due to necessity. Cindy as I said earlier is an excellent author. I am glad I finished The Englisch Daughter. The story-line contains so much more than what I listed previously. I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Press through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Heather 123
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very interesting and different take on an Amish marriage. I'm pretty certain this is the first one I've read in which the husband has not only had an affair but produced a child during that affair. I'm glad though that there was also the side story of Jemim'a own dreams for the future instead of chapter after chapter focusing on the drama they were going through. The ending was a nice twist I hadn't expected.** ARC received from Netgalley **
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall A marriage is tested in this Old Order Amish novel of longing for renewed love and a path for forgiveness from the best-selling author of Gathering the Threads.Old Order Amish wife and mother Jemima has put her marriage and family ahead of herself for years. She's set herself aside. Raising four children, she's followed all the rules and has been patient in looking forward to her time to chase a dream of her own.But when she finds out t The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall A marriage is tested in this Old Order Amish novel of longing for renewed love and a path for forgiveness from the best-selling author of Gathering the Threads.Old Order Amish wife and mother Jemima has put her marriage and family ahead of herself for years. She's set herself aside. Raising four children, she's followed all the rules and has been patient in looking forward to her time to chase a dream of her own.But when she finds out that her life savings for pursuing that dream is gone and her husband, Roy, has been hiding a child with another woman her entire world is shattered. Will she be able to listen to God and love Roy's child? With so much at stake, how can she and Roy fix their relationship before their lives come crashing down?This is Jemima and Roy Graber's story.Roy owned a horse farm but also had horses boarded elsewhere, and tending to those horses required long hours and often pulled him from home.Jemima Graber is an Amish wife and mother of four.Abigail and Chris Fisher's story.Abigail is Roy’s younger sister.Chris is a hired hand for the Graber horse farm.English woman named Tiffany and baby named Heidi's story.Snuggled under her great-grandmother’s quilt, Jemima woke to the sound of slow, easy movement in the room. She opened her eyes and saw silhouettes of the furniture despite the darkness of a winter night. Her husband was up. Without shifting her position to confirm that, she knew it was true.Familiar warring emotions tugged at her. She wanted to get up with him,fix a pot of coffee, and talk the way they used to. At the same time, she wanted to hide from him, so she lay still as if she were asleep.Shouldn’t today be a great celebration for them? Exactly a year ago her husband and their oldest daughter, Laura, had been headed toward town in a horse and buggy when a car topped the hill behind them and hit them. They were grateful that God had spared Roy’s and Laura’slives, but navigating that time and coming back together as a family had been difficult. In those early months of healing, she constantly gave thanks to the Almighty that Roy had survived, and when Roy and she were able to be in the same home at night, she’d held him close, whispering her gratefulness aloud. But with each passing day, he seemed to become more distant. What happened to him while she was staying with her family?His steps were quiet as he approached the bed, and she closed her eyes. The aroma of her husband, freshly showered for the day, filled her senses, and she longed to reach through the darkness for his hand. He seemed to wait at the side of the bed. Was he thinking of waking her? Was he praying for her?It wasn’t likely. Not these days.Why was he up this early? It had to be at least two hours before sunup, although she couldn’t see the clock to know for sure. He owned a horse farm but also had horses boarded elsewhere, and tending to those horses required long hours and often pulled him from home.I highly recommend reading.The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is a 4 star book.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.more books by Cindy Woodsmall Amish of Summer Grove1. Ties That Bind 2. Fraying at the Edge 3. Gathering the Threadsby Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall A Love Undone The Gift Of Christmas Past with Erin WoodsmallAs the Tide Comes In with Erin WoodsmallThe Christmas Remedy with Erin WoodsmallA Christmas Haven with Erin WoodsmallThe Englisch Daughter
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  • Deborah MB
    January 1, 1970
    'The Englisch Daughter' is a sweet but colicky baby named Heidi. An innocent child who could rend asunder the Amish family Graber. How would a loving people deal with economic distress, physical and mental health issues, addictions, gender roles, faith… and the arrival of a child born out of wedlock, out of infidelity? This a story on the need for dedication to one’s convictions, and on the need for convictions of our own choosing. Cindy and Erin Woodsmall introduce us to the world of the Amish. 'The Englisch Daughter' is a sweet but colicky baby named Heidi. An innocent child who could rend asunder the Amish family Graber. How would a loving people deal with economic distress, physical and mental health issues, addictions, gender roles, faith… and the arrival of a child born out of wedlock, out of infidelity? This a story on the need for dedication to one’s convictions, and on the need for convictions of our own choosing. Cindy and Erin Woodsmall introduce us to the world of the Amish. This is shown not only as an idyllic, religious, dedicated society, with specified roles for men, women, children, and God; but, also, a society whose members deal with what the reader would consider ‘Englisch’ (i.e. not Amish or Mennonite) issues. Pastoral, picture perfect lives come at a price just as much as our modern ones do, they tell as. And at the very heart of all issues, they seem to claim, beyond fear and pain, there lies love. Who would enjoy this'The Englisch Daughter' would be a good choice for those who like stories about love triumphant, strong female characters and wholesome romance. It works well for those who like ‘Hallmark movies’, yet also for those looking for a bit of real bite to the characters. Mss Woodsmall bring forth difficulties and demanding situations for the Grabers, and for Chris Fisher, the chivalrous rebel on the brink of shunning. Who should give this a passThis novel is soft paced, and seems mostly targeted at a female audience. Readers should bear this in mind when picking it up. In addition, it presents a very specific culture, attitude, even language, which is remarked upon repeatedly – if this is something readers find irksome (like constant paraphrasing of Pennsylvania Dutch into English), they should be aware this narrative might push their patience. Similarly, this is not a demanding story, so if high literature is the object, well, this is not it. Conclusions I admit it, I like romance novels. I find them cheering and a great escape from daily drudgery. 'The Englisch Daughter' met those expectations, providing a soothing, quick, easy read. On the other hand, I tend to simply read and discard romances. This novel, though, wouldn’t allow that. It is well built. It slides smoothly, gripping you without need for excessive scenes. It is human, and humane in its portrayals of foibles. It provides enough insight into the characters’ growth to fully integrate the drama. Finally, it provides the resolution which one expects, happy ending without fireworks.My one bone to pick would be that the personal struggle is rather quicker than the build-up of antagonistic feelings, of pain, of anguished betrayal, would lead us to expect. Either the characters were more angelic than they seemed to that point, or the ending took too great a jump into happiness. Yes, it is tough to develop emotional shift without being repetitive, let alone without additional scenes of action to conflict. Still, Mss Woodsmall’s tale would be all the rounder for that additional effort.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    The news is scary for many people in our world lately. Watching the constant updates and minute by minute changes to our routines can be overwhelming. I have a suggestion, Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing, Waterbrookmultnomah.com, has released new titles this Spring and it is the perfect time to stay in and enjoy an inspirational story! The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is a perfect choice to read. I received The Englisch Daughter from Waterbrook & Multnomah as part of t The news is scary for many people in our world lately. Watching the constant updates and minute by minute changes to our routines can be overwhelming. I have a suggestion, Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing, Waterbrookmultnomah.com, has released new titles this Spring and it is the perfect time to stay in and enjoy an inspirational story! The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is a perfect choice to read. I received The Englisch Daughter from Waterbrook & Multnomah as part of the launch team for an honest review.From the beginning of the story, I was captured. The book really spoke to me for many reasons. First of all, I love Christian romance novels. When my mom was alive, we would both read many of the stories, and share our appreciation for heartwarming tales as we discussed the plots and characters together. I miss her and reading these books makes me feel like she is still with me. Woodsmall has captured the heart of a tender and uplifting story in The Englisch Daughter.Secondly, I live in a Kansas town that is only 20 miles away from an Amish community. I am very familiar with many of the Amish customs. So reading about an Amish family in Woodsmall's novel was fun. I sincerely liked everything about The Englisch Daughter. The book begins with the old order Amish family, the Grabers. Jemima Graber, wife and mother, has a troubled heart. Her husband Roy has become distant and distracted. She doesn't know why but feels that it may have to do with injuries from an accident he suffered. As fate would have it, it was partly due to the fallout of his accident, but not in the way that Jemima thinks. In the midst of the struggle, Jemima is busy raising her four small children and helping her husband with their family horse farm, along with Roy's outspoken sister Abigail. Abigail and Jemima have their own dream to pursue, owning a food truck together to serve the visitors to the Amish community during tourist season. Abigail plans to give up her teaching job to pursue the enterprise. With so many irons in the fire and the troubles distracting Roy, keeping him from his family and work, Roy hires a man to work with the horses, Chris Fisher. Chris becomes an integral part of the Graber's community, all while facing troubles of his own.As one would predict all works out in the end which is why these novels are so fun to read, no matter the turmoil the characters face, the reader knows that God's plan and forgiveness will be illustrated in the story. I enjoyed Woodnmall's book on several accounts. The story is fast-paced with well-developed characters. Each character faces their own struggles but Woodsmall wove all their lives together into an interesting plot. I also appreciated the glimpses into the Amish life. I was intrigued that they could use cell phones for business now and called Ubers to go places. Even though I live near a community, I didn't know these customs were now a part of the lifestyle. Overall, I feel that the book is a delight and a perfect escape from the world's worries right now. I heartily recommend The Englisch Daughter by Woodsmall, take a break from the news and savor a great read.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall  is a captivating novel of forgiveness, redemption and love.Jemima Graber is an Old Order Amish wife and mother of four young children. Her husband Roy owns a horse farm and he spends long hours training and selling the horses. The previous year, a carriage accident left Roy and their oldest daughter Laura seriously injured. During the long days of worry and stress, Jemima's unexpected pregnancy complications left the couple sep 4.5 stars.The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall  is a captivating novel of forgiveness, redemption and love.Jemima Graber is an Old Order Amish wife and mother of four young children. Her husband Roy owns a horse farm and he spends long hours training and selling the horses. The previous year, a carriage accident left Roy and their oldest daughter Laura seriously injured. During the long days of worry and stress, Jemima's unexpected pregnancy complications left the couple separated for a long stretch of time.  Following the birth of their son, Jemima and the children quickly settle back into life on the farm. But a distance remains between Jemima and Roy that she does not understand. When Jemima learns the shocking reason, will she ever forgive Roy for his heartrending betrayal?Jemima and Roy's marriage is, in many ways, a typical Amish marriage. Jemima tends to the children and household while Roy works hard and handles their finances.  There is, however, one difference that Roy accepts about his wife. Jemima has long dreamed of owning a food truck with her sister-in-law Abigail and they have saved for years to purchase a truck when one becomes available for purchase.  When the opportunity to fulfill their dream presents itself, Jemima is absolutely devastated when Roy makes a stunning confession. Reeling from the revelation, she is already hurt, angry and confused when the rest of the awful truth finally comes to light.Jemima is so angry with Roy that is uncertain what the future holds for them.   She knows she is expected to forgive him, but his actions and its repercussions cut deep.  In the midst of this crisis, Jemima gradually realizes she harbors other resentments toward her husband. Once she fully understands the depth of Roy's secrets and lies, can Jemima find it within her heart to forgive him?Roy has been miserable for months but he goes to great lengths to hide the mess he finds himself in. He is angry and disappointed in himself and he knows the truth will break his wife's heart. Roy wants nothing more than to salvage his marriage, but will he be able to do what Jemima asks of him?In the midst of the turmoil with Roy and Jemima, Abigail is stunned by her attraction to newcomer Chris Fisher. She is independent and happy to remain unmarried but she cannot deny her interest in him.  An initial misunderstanding drives a wedge between them and just as they begin to move past it, Jemima is shocked to discover why Chris left his family home. However, once Chris decides what he wants for his future, will he convince Abigail give him another chance?The Englisch Daughter is a thought-provoking novel that is heartfelt and engrossing. The characters are appealing and vibrantly brought to life with relatable stregnths, flaws and weaknesses. The storyline is engaging and well-developed with realistic issues that are complex and multi-layered.  Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall  bring this deeply affecting, faith based novel to a heartwarming, uplifting conclusion. Fans of Amish fiction are going to absolutely love this introspective story of healing and grace.
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  • Bran Diyanne
    January 1, 1970
    This Amish story revolves around main characters, Jemima and Roy who are married. Jemima and Roy's marriage is threatened by lies, manipulation, and secrets. Jemima knows her husband is keeping something from her, but cannot pin point what is going on with him. After Roy is in a car accident with a English woman named Tiffany, things go haywire. After he makes it back home from that accident, those secrets he has kept ,started to unravel. Jemima's marriage becomes complicated by the fact that Ro This Amish story revolves around main characters, Jemima and Roy who are married. Jemima and Roy's marriage is threatened by lies, manipulation, and secrets. Jemima knows her husband is keeping something from her, but cannot pin point what is going on with him. After Roy is in a car accident with a English woman named Tiffany, things go haywire. After he makes it back home from that accident, those secrets he has kept ,started to unravel. Jemima's marriage becomes complicated by the fact that Roy has fathered a baby with Tiffany, who seems to have a drug problem. Then Roy wants to keep this baby named Heidi and raise it in his home with Jemima. She is a woman that is true to her husband and her Amish faith. And because of this faith, she does not believe in divorce. The situation Roy puts her in, tests her faith and patience. She feels such anger towards him, along with such sadness at the same time. Can this couple fight for their marriage? Could Jemima forgive Roy and could she raise another woman's child as her own? In conclusion, this is definately a drama filled story like the ones you see in the tabloids. I have read many Amish fiction books but, this one takes the cake in making a mockery of their faith and beliefs. I went to school near the Amish community of Dayton/Smicksburg area in North Western, Pennsylvania. These Amish folk keep to themselves other than for business. They do not use cell phones, call Uber for rides, use a laptop at a cafe with "wifi connection", among other ridculous suggestions written in this book. And they certainly do not getting into fights or having babies to the English folk like described in this novel. This story showed the power of manipulation and cruelty. As with any happy ending, the story also showed that with faith and love, there can be forgiveness. Overall, The Englisch Daughter was a well written detailed book but, was so unrealistic when it comes to the real Amish.* I received a copy of The Englisch Daughter for this review thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review. All book review opinions are strictly my own and have not been influenced in any manner. Your opinion may vary from that of my own. Thank you.*
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    An Amish Family in CrisisIt’s been a difficult year for the Graber family. When Jemima was five months pregnant, Roy and one of their daughters was involved in a carriage accident. Both survived, but Roy developed a dependence on opiods and Jemima, because of her elevated blood pressure, was prescribed bed-rest. During the period Roy became involved with Tiffany, a Englischer. Although he didn’t intend it, his relationship with her led to an illegitimate daughter. Jemima knows nothing about Roy’ An Amish Family in CrisisIt’s been a difficult year for the Graber family. When Jemima was five months pregnant, Roy and one of their daughters was involved in a carriage accident. Both survived, but Roy developed a dependence on opiods and Jemima, because of her elevated blood pressure, was prescribed bed-rest. During the period Roy became involved with Tiffany, a Englischer. Although he didn’t intend it, his relationship with her led to an illegitimate daughter. Jemima knows nothing about Roy’s daughter, but she does know that her marriage is no longer the close partnership of the early years. This becomes clear when the money they had put aside so she could buy a food cart has disappeared. Abigail, Roy’s sister has been a help to the family through their trials. She’s twenty-seven and unmarried, which is unusual for an Amish woman. She plans to partner with Jemima on the food cart. When she meets Chris, a hired hand for the Graber horse farm. She’s attracted, but Chris has problems of his own. He’s trying to pay off his brother’s gambling debts by fighting, an activity that is frowned on by the Amish community. This is much more complex than the usual Amish story. I thought it was well done and provided a much richer look at an Amish couple. Jemima is hurting because she no longer experiences the closeness with Roy that made the marriage work. This is a problem faced by many women, and it is dealt with sensitively.Roy’s problems of opiate dependence and an illegitimate relationship are also problems experienced by many couples. I found his behavior reprehensible, but understandable, and I thought the author did a good job of making the problems real. Chris and Abigail are are well rounded characters. They provide another view of the problems faced by a couple trying to live Christian ideals when faced with the conflicts of the real world. If you enjoy Amish stories, this is a good one. I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for this review.
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