This modern Mennonite story drew me in very quickly and kept my interest throughout. However, this inspirational story includes some very real-world issues; teenage runaways living on the street and human trafficking. These are not subjects that you would normally expect to see together but it works in this story. The characters are a wonderful mixture of hard working individuals who work together as a community. Their faith is a blessing that keeps them directed, even when they aren’t sure what direction they are going. There is a lot of scripture quoting and prayer but there is also questioning and doubt. I loved that this part of the Mennonite faith was expressed so well; men were normal clothing while women do not, modern technology is used but only for work, cars and trucks are used for transportation but not flashy ones, and the list goes on. I really enjoyed this story though at times it felt preachy. Some aspects did not come across as truly realistic, yet it worked. This story is a wonderful combination of contemporary and Amish romance.
All Marty dreamed of her entire life was to get married and have a family. However, it seems God has other plans. This causes Marty heart ache and dispirit. Her husband is at a loss as to how to fix this so spends a lot of time away from home for work. When a job offer from an old friend of Marty’s arrives, she encourages Anthony to take it. He does but will that help Marty? They soon learn that God does lead in mysterious ways as they deal with issues they never thought they would have contact with.
An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray.
Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area where large families are valued, and the opportunity to do so arises when her childhood friend, Brooke Spalding, resurfaces with the wild idea of rebuilding a ghost town into a resort community. Brooke hires Anthony to help with the construction, drawing the Hirschlers away from Indiana and into her plan, and then finds herself diagnosed with cancer. Moral complications with Brooke's vision for a casino as part of the resort and the discovery of a runaway teenager hiding on the property open up a world neither the Hirschlers nor Brooke had considered before. Will they be able to overcome their challenges and differences to help the ones among them hurting the most?