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The Days of Redemption Series, Book One

There’s something about reading a good Amish story that just warms my heart when I finish it and clearly that’s the way I felt when I finished this book. This story takes us into a close knit family of Amish folks that have to learn how to communicate better as a family and how a few of them even have to come to terms with the fact that they are dealing with their own demons and need help. Ms. Shepard Gray writes with such an easy flow to her words that you’re pulled into her storyline from the very beginning, as I was, and I couldn’t believe how I lost track of the time while I was reading it. I loved her characters and felt she created them with such believable and relatable qualities. They felt like real people that you could have a conversation with and really get to know as if they were your friends. I especially loved Viola Keim and Edward Swartz. They both were attracted to each other, but because Edward was a missionary and could be reassigned at any moment, Viola had to control giving him her heart while he was back visiting his father in between missions. If you’re a fan of Amish fiction, this is one story that you should definitely look into.

When Viola Keim meets Edward Swartz, in person, while he visits his father, there’s something about Edward that Viola secretly is attracted to. She must remain guarded as not to lose her heart to him because at any moment, he can be given a new mission out of the country. As they begin to get to know each other, protecting her heart seems like a challenge right now for her. But that isn’t her only worry at the moment. She learns of some vital information regarding a few members of her family that makes each one of them search deep within their souls for answers. The question remains does Viola completely fall in love with Edward? Does he ever get reassigned? Does Viola’s family get through all the heartache they are now facing?

Book Blurb for Daybreak

In this close-knit Amish family, nothing is as perfect as it seems . . .

When Viola Keim starts working at a nearby Mennonite retirement home, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with resident Atle, whose only living relative, son Edward, is living as a missionary in Nicaragua. Viola understands the importance of mission work, but she can't imagine leaving her father in the hands of strangers. Even though her family is New Order Amish, it's not the Amish way, and though she doesn't know Ed, she judges him for abandoning his father.

But when Ed surprises his father with a visit, Viola and Ed both discover an attraction they never expected. Despite her feelings, choosing Ed would mean moving to a far-off country and leaving her family behind. She can't do that. Her twin sister, Elsie, is going blind and will need someone to care for her all her life. Her family is reeling with the recent discovery that her grandmother hid her past as an Englischer. Her father seems forgetful and distracted—and to be harboring some secrets of his own.

Does Viola dare leave them all behind and forge her own life? Or will family ties mean her one chance at love slips away?

Night Owl Reviews May, 2013 4.00