Falling in love can only mean trouble for an Englisch girl and an Amish boy… unless there’s another way for them to listen to their hearts.
Englischer Natalie Collins looks forward to Friday night suppers at Levi and Mary Shetler’s house every week: delicious food, wonderful conversation with her Amish friends, and, best of all, the presence of Levi’s older brother Lucas. Natalie and Lucas have become best friends despite their different backgrounds. They share a love of books, and he is teaching her about God in a way that she can understand.
But the closer they become, the more opinions everyone seems to have. Levi and Mary, Lucas’s family, and even Natalie’s mother—whose own life is a mess at the moment—have concerns about their relationship. Why can’t everyone understand that it’s possible to just be friends? Besides, they couldn’t be together even if they wanted to be. Lucas would never leave the Amish faith, and Natalie is Englisch and pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine.
But when a terrifying accident happens, Natalie and Lucas are forced to confront their true feelings and decide if they can stay true to themselves and each other.
This is the first full-length Amish novel I’ve read. I’m trying to expand my horizons and read different genres, so I decided to pick it up.
For me, the novel was a bit slow. It also read more like a young adult novel — Natalie’s only nineteen and she acts like. More than half of the book is her and Lucas trying to figure out if they can overcome their differences to have a relationship. That dragged on a bit for me. I would have liked to see more challenging conflicts; most of the issues in the story could have been handled simply (such as having Lucas and Natalie to supper on different nights). Things picked up about three-quarters of the way into the story.
I’m not sure I’ll pick up any more Amish fiction. Considering I don’t really read it, I’m not sure if this story is indicative of the genre, so I can’t say for sure whether or not you’ll like it. It you enjoy a slower paced story, though, you should enjoy this.
Rated G. Get your copy here!