I read this book expecting a typical romance. I left this book discovering more about Amish beliefs, traditions, and making rag rugs. There was romance in this novel, but not a lot about Abby’s romantic wishes. Yes, this novel has Abby all over the place in this story, and it does feature Abby’s ability to help others with their wishes and dreams. I knew this was a series and that this is the first story in the series. This story does make me want to see the series through to the end, and I suspect the series will “end” when Abby gets her man to the altar. If you’ve not read anything about the Amish, this story does a credible job explaining their traditions/beliefs, so the reader can better understand an Amish person’s decision-making strategies.
This book does answer some questions on people and their reactions. While it explains some basic questions, I admit I was puzzled about the sleep apnea issue and how it is resolved (for instance, the issue of running a sleep machine vs. not having electricity what are the alternatives?). This was one area I felt a light glossing over did the book injustice. The only warning I’d issue is if you’re used to a short series, I’m suspecting this series will be long (10-book or more series, perhaps). I am highly curious to see how this series progresses (as always, I want the next book now, rather than later).
The Lambright family's eldest daughter, Abby, runs her own sewing shop. There, she mends the town's clothes and their torn relationships. But the town maidel has sworn off any suitors of her own because of her unrequited love for James Graber, who is about to marry her younger sister, Zanna...
On the wedding day, Zanna is nowhere to be found, breaking James' heart. Zanna has brought shame to her family, but there's more in store for them when they discover how far she has fallen. Long-buried secrets come to light, and they test the bonds of the Cedar Creek community. Abby is at the center of it all, trying to maintain everyone's happiness. But will she ever find her own?