As a young married couple Luke and Meredith start off happily enough. But when Luke loses his job it causes them both to argue. Living off their savings and unsure of their financial future they become more withdrawn from one another. Their relationship starts to hurt even though their love for one another is deep. The stress of their situation becomes palpable despite their faith. When Luke is offered to take over his uncle's business he is eager to jump in and start learning the trade, but Meredith is overcome with negative feelings. Not only does she not want to be separated from Luke she suspects she may be pregnant. Afraid to tell Luke of her situation while in their financial hole she tries to think of other reasons why he should not make the long journey. What if he doesn't learn the trade well, and they lose their investment? With Luke having to get a bus in the middle of winter, what if the weather is too bad? But despite all her negative feelings and worries Meredith tries her best to tamp them down. She wants to support her husband, and just the thought of getting back to work has already improved Luke's moods. He is just trying to provide as he was raised to do, and if Meredith keeps him from his newest dream would he ever forgive her? Are her bad feelings just an emotional obstacle at the thought of being apart from Luke or are they a forewarning of something terrible to come?
I do greatly enjoy Amish fiction. Particularly Amish Romance. However I felt a bit whip-lashed reading this book. It seemed to skip around quite often abruptly changing from one character's viewpoint to another, or one place to another. I also felt that certain parts of the book spent more time explaining trivial events. It isn't a big deal breaker though as I still found myself swept up in the story. I really connected with Meredith's character, she is definitely an admirable woman. You can see right away that she is a strong Amish woman with such devoted love for her husband. She is caring and does her best as a wife. She does seem to burden a lot of troubles that she shouldn't deal with alone, but she does it purely out of care. Despite all her reservations about Luke leaving she puts all her trust and faith in God not wanting to squelch her husband's opportunity.
This book definitely is not without intrigue which kept me riveted, as well. The characters are all very interesting in their own way, and the circumstances surrounding Luke leaving Meredith to travel to his uncles business leaves you wondering what will happen next.
Everything about this book is modern and believable. I found myself swept up in Luke and Meredith's world picturing everything perfectly.
As it is only part 1 of 6 this book a very short read and I for one cannot wait to read part 2. The author does a fantastic job of leaving you wanting for more at the end, and I can't wait to delve into the rest of the story. I was so frustrated by the ending, but in a good way. The cliffhanger was so intriguing and mysterious that I can't stop imagining all the scenarios that could possibly happen. I can tell already that this book will have my imagination working in overdrive, which is a sure sign of a good story.
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are my own.