Emma Shetler has faced much loss in recent years. Her mother’s death to cancer and her father’s death three years earlier have left Emma and her grandmother alone on the family farm. When Adam Otto returns to his family’s farm next door after being gone for two years, Emma has to deal with the broken heart she still carries as a result of his leaving. Family financial concerns lead to conflicts with her sister Clara, and new complications arise when her brother-in-law’s cousin arrives in town.
Treasuring Emma contains many of the usual elements of Amish stories, but with plenty of questions to keep you turning pages and involved in the story. The characters were interesting – some fun to get to know and some not the kind of folks you would call your friends. A couple of things caught my attention as different from some Amish stories. Adam’s experiences during his time in the “English” world were described a little more explicitly than usual – although I didn’t find this in any way offensive. And Clara was much more outspoken toward her husband than Amish wives are usually portrayed.
There were just enough pieces of the story left hanging to bring things to a good conclusion -- but also to keep you waiting for the next Middlefield Family book.
(Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com