What would cause the Amish to move to Colorado, leaving family and friends behind?
Some Amish are making the trek to Colorado for cheaper land. Others are fleeing strict bishops with long memories.
For Emily Detweiler and her family, the move is more personal. Tragedy struck Emily in Ohio, shaking loose everything she believed was firm, including her faith. Her family took the bold step of leaving Ohio to resettle in a small Amish community in Canaan, Colorado, where they hope the distance will help erase painful memories.
David Stoltzfus's family moved to Colorado for reasons he doesn't understand. But Canaan is turning out to be something other than the promised land they all anticipated. Fearing that a health condition will cut his life short, David plans to return home to Paradise, Pennsylvania, as soon as he can. But then he meets Emily, who stirs feelings in his heart despite his apprehension about the future.
Emily's growing love for David surprises her, but she fears that he will find out the truth about her past and reject her. But what if the truth is that they are made for each other? And that God longs to give them the desires of their hearts if only they will seek Him first?
Prolific Christian fiction author Wiseman (Plain Perfect) pens another Amish tale that has her characters relocating to Canaan, Colo. In this contemporary novel, Emily Detweiler and her Amish family move West a few months after she is brutally attacked in their Ohio town, but for Emily, the miles don t erase nightmarish reminders of betrayal. Kidney transplant recipient David Stoltzfus and his family relocate from Pennsylvania in a move to start over and erase their growing financial debt. When these two meet, there isn t anything like romance, but rather mutual distrust. Given their small community, Emily and David are forced to come to terms with their private pain and find measures of comfort in a fledgling friendship that seems destined to develop into a permanent marital bond. Wiseman s voice is consistently compassionate and her words flow smoothly, yet the story of this Amish-set tale of love that overcomes all obstacles feels not exactly novel.
Land of Canaan series
The whole series is a must read!
Seek Me with All Your Heart
Another great book by Beth Wiseman. She’s one of my favorite Amish authors. I had figured out what happened to Emily, before it got to it, but it’s well written. It made me feel good that something good could happen to someone who went through what Emily did. I don’t blame Katie for the way she felt, and I hope Ivan & Lucy were shunned. I truly understood Martha and her feelings about Elvis.. My constant companion was Sandy. Not exactly the same breeding, but same in theory.
I recommend this book to everybody..