Laura V. Hilton has another hit with this book! With a setting in Jamesport, you truly get the feeling and understanding that all Amish communities are different. Which is one of the things that draw me to Laura's books. One thing I walked away from this story with a truth that bad and good things can happen to anyone, anywhere. A series of unfortunate events are how the things that happened to Greta are described on the cover of the book, I would say that is an understatement. False accusations, trusting the wrong people and trying to solve things on her own, led Greta to a place of putting her trust fully in God to make things right. The events of trusting the wrong people were like a page out of a daily newspaper in America today. This story was eye opening to the fact that we often believe we are invincible and we are not. A thought compelling, heart-breaking story that will have you on the edge of your seat is the best way I can describe The Birdhouse. 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
About the Book:
Twenty–year–old Greta Miller's daed has been injured in a farming accident during the summer. The supportive Amish community tries to help out, but Greta and her sister must work outside the home to make ends meet, and so Greta rents a booth at the farmers' market. Because Greta is still in her rumspringa and free to explore the world, her family selects her to sell her homemade jams, jellies, and preserves to Englischers. Josh Yoder wants to court Greta, but years ago, he made the mistake of rejecting her during a seemingly innocent game; which resulted in him leaving the Amish. Three years later, he's back, but Greta wants nothing to do with him. Josh struggles to fit in and rebuild relationships he destroyed. Knowing Greta's family needs help, he steps in, hoping to win her back. When Greta admires one of his birdhouses, he gives it to her, hoping that it will open the door to more. But as their friendship begins to grow, a series of unfortunate events pull Greta away from the Amish, leaving her rejected by those she loves. Will Greta get beyond her family's distrust and return home? Will she prove her innocence? Or will she remain outside her Amish community?