The story of the Prodigal Son comes to mind when I read this book. Aaron Ebersol ran away from his wayward youthful mistakes seventeen years earlier. His Mamm's stroke would bring him home, but is it true that you can never return home again? It would appear so. Everyone is happy he is home, except his only brother Solomon. The actions of Solomon is what reminded me of the story of the Prodigal Son, while his Dat was happy to see him, Solomon behaved exactly as the brother left home in the Bible story. Why? It is not the Amish way. The story will unfold as the whys that Solomon is unhappy about. Amy does a great job of drawing your interest in this story with all the other side stories going on. There is more to this story, than Aaron and his family, Linda Zook lives with her uncle who is a very unhappy man, and he is determined to make her unhappy too. Will she realize she deserves to be happy? A wonderful story. 4.5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
About the Book:
Linda is no stranger to hardship. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.
As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, Linda Zook was reluctantly raised by her Uncle Reuben. She longs to be worthy of someone, but the lasting trauma of her injuries and embittered upbringing have destroyed her self-worth. When Hannah Peterson asks her to work at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast, she’s finally able to realize some confidence.
Aaron Ebersol left the Amish community seventeen years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. Despite years of unanswered letters to his parents and the roots he’s put down in Missouri, Aaron rushes back to the Amish community of Paradise, Pennsylvania, after receiving word of his mother’s stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. Talking with Linda allows him to explore his feelings about his family and his position in the Amish community.
As Linda and Aaron open up to each other, their feelings for one another turn into more than friendship, and Aaron must make a decision about his future as an Amish man.
Can Linda and Aaron forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them? And will Aaron be able to convince Linda that she is worthy of his love?