I was asked to describe this book in one word to the author, and the word I chose was surprising. From the very beginning of the story, David surprised me with a sudden move to Jamesport, where Rachel lived. Throughout the whole story there were surprises. I won't share them because I don't wish to spoil the story. I always enjoy books by Laura because she is a very gifted author. My favorite character in this story was a toss up between Rachel and David, but I think David wins. My least favorite character is Rachel's brother, you will understand as you read the story. 5 stars from this reviewer.
This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
About the Book:
David Lapp (from Promised to Another) survived a "code blue" when he was in a buggy/semi truck accident in Seymour, Missouri. Now after extensive therapy he has lingering mobility problems and is still struggling to find his place in the world. Lured away from Webster County by thoughts of closed buggies and a postcard friendship he's developed with an Amish girl in Jamesport, he moves north, hoping for a fresh start. He finds temporary work in the area teaching school, and also makes fishing flies and weaves baskets. He sells his products in the Amish markets in the Jamesport area.
Rachel Miller dreams of travel, but feels tied to her Amish life. She is being courted by Mark Graber, but wonders if there's more to life. When she sees David's name mentioned in The Budget, she strikes up a pen pal friendship with David while he's in the hospital and in therapy, consoling him when he and his girlfriend part ways. She never dreams that David will come north and move into her community. David is still fearful in the buggy, especially in high traffic areas. Feeling he's called by God to preach, David spends hours in the Bible, but the Amish discourage him, believing their ministers should be drawn by lot. Will David follow his call, even if it takes him out of the Amish church? Will Rachel realize her dream to travel?