Happy Friday, lovers of suspense and mystery! Mary Ellis here. Recently while on vacation I had the pleasure of reading The Reconciliation by Susan Lantz Simpson. Here is my review:
Each time I start reading an Amish romance/romantic suspense novel, I’m prepared to escape into the lives of those God-fearing, family-oriented, industrious people. I’m hoping for accurate details, a true respect for the Amish culture, and a well paced plot that draws me into their world and keeps me there until the end. With Susan Lantz Simpson’s The Reconciliation, I received all that and more. I learned much about the Amish of southern Maryland through Susan’s richly drawn, multi-dimensional characters. I fell in love with her earnest hero, Atlee, and felt Rebecca’s shame in the pit of my stomach. Although the mystery element was on the light side, not many authors capture the humility of the Amish as well as Susan.
Here's a little about the story: Winter in Southern Maryland’s Amish country brings brisk winds, crisp snow, and evenings spent nestled by a warm fireside. For one prodigal daughter, it may also bring a new beginning . . . On her baptismal day, Rebecca Zook ran from the church, leaving her stunned Amish community behind. She only wanted to see something of Gott’s vast world, but city life didn’t turn out as planned. Tricked into a sham marriage, Becky has come home humbled, wiser . . . and pregnant. Her mamm and daed are welcoming, and helping an overburdened young widow gives Becky a new sense of purpose. But after creating such scandal, Becky feels unworthy of a loving husband—let alone a wunderbaar man like Atlee Stauffer.
Atlee knows Becky’s situation—and understands why his mother advises him to be careful. Still, this once flighty, flirty girl has become a thoughtful, kind young woman. He’s drawn to Becky like a magnet to a nail. One day, he hopes to build a family with her. But first, he must convince her wary, troubled heart to accept forgiveness and love . . .
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