About the book:
Her relationship with former fiancé Paul Waddell in tatters, Hannah Lapp has fled her home in hopes of finding refuge with another Amish outcast, her shunned Aunt Zabeth in Ohio. Hampered by limited education and hiding her true identity, Hannah struggles to understand the confusing world of the Englischers and embrace unfamiliar freedoms, but a deepening friendship with the handsome Martin Palmer renews her courage to face the future.
Meanwhile, Hannah’s absence and the distressing events that led to her disappearance create turmoil among her loved ones in Owl’s Perch, Pennsylvania. Her father stubbornly refuses to search for her or to acknowledge increasing signs of instability in daughter Sarah, who suffers secret guilt over her sister’s ruined reputation. Fiancé Paul Waddell is wracked with regret over his betrayal of Hannah’s trust and is concerned with her whereabouts. He befriends Hannah’s remaining allies–brother Luke, best friend Mary, and loyal Matthew Esh–trying to convince them to help search for his love.
The second book in the Sisters of the Quilt series, this book picks up from the end of the first book. Hannah has fled Owl's Perch and sought refuge in Ohio with the aunt she never knew. Her Aunt Zabeth was shunned years before and she shows Hannah the love and understanding that her family couldn't give her. Believing that her relationship with Paul is over, she finds new hope and romance with Martin, an Englischer raised by Aunt Zabeth.
Hannah finds a purpose and career in nursing and as she becomes more comfortable in the English world, finds herself torn between her new life and her old one. When tragedy strikes those she loves back in Owl's Perch, she knows she must return. But, will she come back to Ohio?
A quick read. I found myself anxious for the next book. You really learn a lot about the Old Order Amish, and much of it isn't positive. The people live a simple life, yes, but it is a life very much restricted by the man who is their bishop. There is little talk of forgiveness, the whole focus is on doing what is right, regardless of your personal wants or desires. It is in the world of the English where Hannah truly learns where her faith lies and how God speaks to her.
After Hannah leaves the order, several of her family members begin talking about the situation and realize that she was, indeed, telling the truth about her assault. But, can they bring her back and does she want to return? That becomes the question.
The side story of her sister Sarah's psychological issues is interesting. I will be curious to see how it plays out.
Overall, a heartwarming, enthralling read.
Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow. You can purchase your own copy here.
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