About the Book:
Katie Ann Stolzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father hasn't forgotten about her as well. Is it really God's plan for her to be a single parent?
Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan for a wedding and a long vacation. Having raised six children following the death of his young wife, Eli is finally an empty-nester. He's enjoying the slower pace of having no one to care for but himself.
When Katie Ann and Eli meet, there is an instant connection. Yet as strong as the attraction is, they both acknowledge that a romance would never work. He is done parenting, while she has just begun.
But as their friendship slowly blossoms into feelings that are as frightening as they are intoxicating, Katie Ann and Eli question if the plans they made for themselves are in line with God's plans.
Can Katie Ann entrust her heart to another man, and rediscover the wonder of God's love?
This was an enjoyable Amish romance. Katie Ann and Eli have both been married before. Her husband left her for another woman before he died. His wife died giving birth to their youngest child, and despite the Amish tradition of remarrying quickly, he has not. He has raised a houseful of children, mostly girls, without a wife, but he's ready to move on with life. After years of trying to get pregnant, Katie Ann finally learned she was pregnant after her husband leaves. She's just starting the parenting journey; he's glad to be done and looking forward to free time--but is attracted her Katie Ann.
One character I really liked was Katie Ann's friend and neighbor, Martha. Martha is "English" but worships with the Amish and is friend with them. Her wedding was a combination of Amish (for her, even though she's not Amish) and Catholic for her groom. I doubt such a thing would ever happen, but it made a nice story. Grade: B.
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