My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to review as part of the blog tour for Pump Up Your Book
Genre: Christian fiction
Book Description: Bad enough that Zanna abandoned James Graber and disgraced her family on her wedding day: older sister Abby Lambright is the one Zanna returns to, to reveal she’s pregnant. As speculation whirls around Cedar Creek, Zanna confesses and is shunned, yet refuses to reveal the identity of her child’s father. She spends her time at Abby’s little house making rag rugs, until finally—when Adah Ropp insists on knowing who disgraced Zanna, the Lambright family, as well as James and the Graber family–Zanna reveals that Adah’s own son, rebellious Jonny Ropp, is to blame. She can’t possibly marry Jonny because he’s left his family rather than be baptized into the Amish faith—not that he’ll ever settle down and marry anyone.
My thoughs: This is a very enjoyable book. I was intrigued by the Amish culture and the relationships of the diverse individuals in a small Amish community.
Abby is a peacemaker. She is one of those golden people who helps everyone around her see the positive side of situations. Abby has declared herself an old maid. She has found peace and contentment with her life, even though she didn't realize her hope and desire to marry James and have children. She is called on to help when her younger sister doesn't show up for her own wedding. Zanna is supposed to marry James.
The situation with her sister is very sticky. There is a good reason why Zanna ran away instead of getting married. Her reason turns the small community upside down and shows the real character of many people.
The book is about healing. It is about forgiveness and loving others in spite of their faults.
I think that Naomi King did a wonderful job at description and illustrating compassion in her book. Definitely a book worth reading.
The only thing that I wish I could have seen in the book is a happily ever after for Abby. I wanted James to fall in love with her and realize that she is the woman of his dreams. This is the first book, so maybe that will come later. One can only hope.
About Naomi King
Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Naomi King writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her new Home at Cedar Creek series. Like her series heroine, Abby Lambright, Naomi considers it her personal mission to be a listener—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls—and to share her hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and frugality are hallmarks of her lifestyle: like Abby, she made her wedding dress and the one her mom wore, too! She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to travel, try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Naomi now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie, Ramona.
To find out more about Naomi or her work please visit http://www.naomikingauthor.com