Though this book focuses on two Amish families, many of the themes reflect many non-Amish families. Every mother faces the choices on doing what is best for their child. Outside forces, peer pressure and so much more make the choices difficult. Judith and Mattie are the same and reading about their struggles to do the best they can in difficult circumstances brings their lives alive and makes their struggles real. This story quickly had me involved and glued to the page. I couldn’t wait to find out how Mattie was going to deal with possible arrest. Joseph reminds me of teenagers everywhere. You know, parents know nothing and teenagers know everything. I really felt for both women and their pain became mine. Of course that also means their joy became mine too. I absolutely loved this book and really enjoyed getting two stories in one. You can’t ask for anything more!
Judith has been married to Isaac for almost 10 years and helped raise his brother Joseph. Joseph feels as though he’s her own child as he was only 5 when Judith started raising him. Now though, there is growing tension in the home as Joseph and Isaac have different views of the future. Mattie is a widow with 4 children. The county has informed her that her oldest daughter must attend a consolidated public school. If she does not send her, Mattie can be arrested and possibly imprisoned. This goes against everything the Amish believe in. Choices have to be made but will they be the right ones?
As an Amish wife and mother struggles to hold her family together, a story from the past teaches her how to face her daily challenges with strength and love . . .
In modern day central Pennsylvania, Judith Wegler tries to heal the growing rift between her husband, Isaac, and his teenage brother Joseph—whom Judith and Isaac have raised as their own ever since both brothers lost their parents and siblings in a horrific fire. Meanwhile, Isaac’s hurtful silence about this tragic past has robbed Judith of any certainty of her husband’s love.
But when Judith’s grandmother gifts her with an antique study table, she discovers a hidden packet of letters that changes her life . . .
In 1953, widow Mattie Lapp fights against the county’s attempts to force Amish children to attend a consolidated public school, even if it means arrest and imprisonment. Mattie knows she can’t face this challenge alone, and turns to her late husband’s cousin Adam for help, but she’s terrified at the prospect of relying on someone else.
Now, as the two women’s stories converge, both must learn to stand up for their beliefs and to love again, even when it means risking their hearts . . .