Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Book Review: A Season of Change, an Amish Romance by Lynette Sowell
An Amish widower finds love in unexpected places.
Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings --- including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.
Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret -- that she was once Amish.
When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she is attracted to their warm hospitality and simple ways -- and soon wonders if they can help her find her mother's family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?
I live in Florida, but I had no idea there was an Amish community here until I read A Season of Change, by Lynette Sowell! The story takes place in Pinecraft, near Sarasota, where many Amish and Mennonites live and vacation. For that reason, this book was refreshing to read because the setting is so different from other Amish-themed books. In Pinecraft, the residents seem to lead less structured lives than they do in Northern towns. But their lifestyles are still unique enough to make them stand out from the Englischer population. In A Season of Change, we encounter the question of whether love is enough for two people from very different worlds (Amish and Englischer) to live in harmony. In order to make their relationship work, will one person have to change completely, or is there a way that both people can compromise and somehow meet in the middle? I loved watching Natalie and Jacob’s relationship unfold, but feared it would unravel due to their overwhelming differences. The ending of the book is satisfying and gives hope to any couple facing religious and/or cultural differences.
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About the author:
Lynette Sowell is the Carol Award-winning and ECPA best-selling author of more than 15 titles, including A Season of Change and Tempest's Course. When Lynette is not writing, she works as a medical editor and part-time newspaper reporter. She makes her home in Copperas Cove on the doorstep of the Texas hill country.
Lynette can be found at: website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest