An unplanned pregnancy. An absent father. Can love really endure all things?
Danielle Kent is anything but Amish. But as destiny would have it, she has fallen in love with an Amish man.
Now she’s 18, pregnant, and hopeful that the child’s Amish father—Matthew Lapp—will do the right thing and marry her. She knows Matthew plans to leave his Colorado settlement for a life in the Englisch world. But that plan never included a baby.
When Matthew walks away from her and their unborn child, she has nowhere to turn. Her unlikely friendship with Levi offers some comfort—yet they have so little in common. This wasn’t the plan she had for her life, and she has never felt so alone. She doesn’t want to be pregnant. Doesn’t want to be Amish. Doesn’t want to trust God.
God has plans beyond what her mind can imagine . . . loving plans to show a lost young woman that His love never fails but endures forever.
My Thoughts about the Book
Beth Wiseman delivers another engaging story set in an Amish community in Colorado. Danielle is the troubled, abused teenager who in a previous Land of Canaan novel showed up at the home of fun, quirky Martha and found her way into Martha's heart.
Love is not something Danielle has experienced much in her young life. She believes that she and Matthew, the father of her baby, are in love and dreams of having a family and giving her child a mother's love like she never had. When Matthew walks away, she experiences rejection all over again.
Danielle is taken totally by surprise when Levi -- her best friend who is also Amish -- tells her that he believes God has called him to marry her and raise her child as his own. She has no desire to be Amish and can't believe Levi would walk away from his Amish life for her. Is there any way for this seemingly impossible situation to be resolved?
As always, Beth's characters are people you care about and want to get to know better. Watching Danielle work through difficult choices kept me very involved in the story. There was a sense of real struggle -- and yet a gentleness -- in the way her feelings toward God played out, with help from other characters where she would not have expected it. And beautiful examples of enduring love and forgiveness were important elements of this sweet story.
Trilogies seem to be common in Amish fiction series, but I have a sneaky suspicion that there is more to come from the Land of Canaan after this third book. I think Beth left the door open for more -- and I certainly look forward to another visit with these friends!
(I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze in return for my honest review.)