This is the second book in a trilogy set in Pinecraft, Florida. This seems a strange place for an Amish romance but there is an Amish community there! Anyway, back to the book. When Michael is introduced, I immediately took a dislike to him. However, I knew that he had to change. Slowly, he began to grow on me until by the end of the story, I actually liked him. So, don’t let the beginning cause you not to finish this story. Penny’s character is much more likeable and her struggles are easy to relate to. Though these are the two main characters, secondary characters from the previous book are back in this one and a subplot that is intertwined between all the books is further developing. The town comes alive as characters interact with each other and shops/stores are described; even the lines to get in one of them! This story seemed to just flow. The pacing was perfect and it seemed like no time before it was done. Though this is a second book in a series, it can be read without having read the first book. Get ready to check out a unique group of Amish and Mennonites!
Penny doesn’t ever stray far from home or her parents. She has no real friends and seldom goes anywhere. Finally though she had gotten enough courage to attend a meeting to see the Knoxx Family Singers. There she is inspired by Michael Knoxx but changing her life will not be simple. Michael lost part of his leg a few years ago but currently is having problems with it. When he sees the doctor, he learns that he must have another operation. Arrangements are made for him to stay in Pinecrest and while he thinks he’ll be back on the road quickly, God may have other arrangements.
A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.
Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.
But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.
Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.
But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael's time in Pinecraft will be over and he'll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she'll never have the courage to do?