Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Tinderbox

With her Amish parents' twentieth anniversary approaching, eighteen-year-old Sylvia Miller stumbles across a surprise--the old brass tinderbox her clockmaker father keeps in his Lancaster County shop has been left unlocked. Against her better judgment, Sylvia opens the cherished heirloom, not realizing that what she is about to discover will splinter apart her happy life.

Sylvia's bewilderment grows when her father confronts her about snooping in the box. To her amazement, the respected convert to the Old Order reacts as if he has something to hide.

Burdened by the weight of his deception, Earnest Miller decides he must reveal the details about his past to his beloved wife, Rhoda. The long-kept secret alters everything for the close-knit family, jeopardizing Earnest and Rhoda's relationship, as well as threatening Sylvia's recent engagement to the preacher's grandson.

Can the Millers find a way forward through the turmoil to a place of forgiveness and acceptance?

MY thoughts: First off, this book should come with a warning that it is the first part, so there isn't a lot of conclusion when you get to the end. The second part will come out in September, so if you don't want to deal with a cliffhanger, then I would recommend waiting until then to read this book.
That said, I enjoyed this story of secrets coming to light and a family that must deal with the aftermath. I like that there is more going on then just the story of the tinderbox, since there are several parallel stories. Fans of Beverly Lewis will be thrilled to return to Hickory Hollow!
I received this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

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