This tale of an Amish woman who marries an outsider “delivers a sense of escape from today’s hustle and bustle into a gentler and simpler world” (Publishers Weekly).
Like most Mountain Amish girls, Mary King has always dreamed of her wedding day. But she never imagined that a sudden, irresistible kiss would result in marriage to the handsome Englischer professor studying her unique community. Or that doing the truly honorable thing means keeping their relationship chaste so both she and Dr. Jude Lyons can someday go their separate ways.
But when Mary accompanies her husband-in-name-only to Atlanta to meet his wealthy, overbearing family, she’s tempted more than ever by Jude’s kindness, humor—and vulnerability. And when a wrenching misunderstanding causes her to return heartbroken to her remote Appalachian home, she’s certain she’s lost the real love they have found . . . and the shared future she's come to want so much. But a crisis of more than faith will work surprising miracles—and show Mary that love is strong enough to make the impossible come true.
“Long creates storylines that captivate her readers.” —RT Book Reviews
“An authenticity that showcases her own spirituality.” —Beth Wiseman
Putting a contemporary spin on traditional Amish romance novels, Long (An Amish Christmas Quilt) halfheartedly explores what an interfaith marriage might mean for family, community, and personal integrity. Mary King has been raised in the conservative and reclusive Pennsylvania Mountain Amish way, but the allure of Jude Lyons, an outsider researching the Amish, is more than she can resist. When the two are caught kissing and forced into a hasty marriage, Mary must figure out how to stay true to her religious beliefs while joining Jude's much more worldly and material family in Atlanta. The story is peppered with tired clich s and idealized characterizations, but there's a certain sweetness to the writing that delivers a sense of escape from today's hustle and bustle into a gentler and simpler world.