Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of the Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful--yet problems lurk beneath the placid faade. Hannah's father worries about the spread of liberal ideas from their Mennonite and Brethren neighbors. And Hannah blames herself for a tragedy that struck their home nine years ago. She strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her mother's ongoing depression and her sister's rejection of their family. But her world is threatening to unravel.
When two young men seek her hand in marriage--one offering the home she craves and the other promising the adventure of following God's call west--Hannah must make a choice. Faithfully perform her duties to her family? Or defy her father and abandon her community?
My thoughts: I love that the author has a family history with the Amish and Mennonite communities, adding so much more to the historical side of this book. I was surprised how tragic this story was though, since I found myself feeling sorry to Hannah and the burden she has taken on due to the loss of some of her family when she was young. It will be interesting to see how the rest of this series pans out! I hope that the next books will keep Hannah and her family as side characters, at the very least.:)
I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.