In this warm and endearing Amish story, the author introduces us to Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, a young couple who has been married a little over a year and already has been dealing with some heartache. Unfortunately, Luke, who is a talented woodcarver, has lost his job at the local furniture shop because the economy has been really bad for everyone. No matter where Luke has looked for some kind of work to support Meredith and himself, he’s been unsuccessful. The lack of financial means has been an unplanned burden on not only Luke and Meredith individually, but also both of them as a couple. They’ve been short with each other and arguing over everything lately, but no matter how bad the burden is they are both putting their faith in the Lord’s hands.
My heart went out to this sweet, young couple and I grew to love them both very early on in the story. I had hoped that Luke would have been able to find another job close to home so he wouldn’t have to travel all the way to Indiana to his uncle’s in order to learn Uncle Amos’ headstone-engraving trade, but it just didn’t seem that luck was on his side in finding anything locally. I was thrilled that he was being given an opportunity of a new job skill and I was hoping that everything would work out for this couple in the long run. I was so saddened when I read the misfortune Luke was seriously faced with and I had no idea what the author had planned next for Luke and Meredith.
This was a wonderful heartwarming story wrapped around love and family values. I’m a first-time reader of Ms. Brunstetter and I’m so happy I picked this book up. I’m now a new fan among her legion of many followers. One more thing that I’d like to mention about this book is that it’s written as an installment story rather than long, individual stories in a series. Each story is roughly one hundred and twenty pages and tells a short part of this ongoing story. Each book, thereafter, just picks up where one ends. I’ve never seen an installment story presented in this fashion, but I must say that it was fun to find a different presentation of a storyline that this author was offering her readers. I highly recommend the first installment and I eagerly look forward to continuing on my journey with Luke and Meredith.
Since Luke has been out of work for a few months and not finding any work in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, his luck seems to be turning when he receives a message from his uncle in Indiana offering to teach him how to engrave headstones and then Luke will eventually buy the uncle’s equipment from him to start up his own business back home in Lancaster. Luke realizes this is a blessing in disguise, but he also realizes that in order to do this he must travel to Indiana and he’ll be away from Meredith for the weeks he’ll be training. It’s not the most ideal of situations, but one can’t be too picky when an opportunity presents itself. With both of them hoping that things will return to normal again in a few month, Luke sets out on his long journey to Indiana during a really bad snow storm. Neither Luke nor Meredith is prepared for the many obstacles they’ll be facing in the days, weeks and months to come. What unfortunate circumstance is Luke met by on his travels? Does he ever make it safely to Indiana during the bad winter snowstorm? What surprise does Meredith have that she can’t wait to tell Luke?
Join Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, an Amish couple who are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives. Financial struggles. Arguments. A suspected pregnancy. A last-minute trip to Middlebury, Indiana. A deadly encounter at a Philadelphia bus station. Will their love and faith be enough to bring them back together again, against all odds? Book 1 of the 6-part serial novel--The Discovery-A Lancaster County Saga.