Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A deep story of guilt and forgiveness -- An Amish Buggy Ride

A short time ago, I finally tried a Sarah Price Amish story (you can see my review of First Impressions here) and was very pleased that I did.  But as good as that one was, I was not prepared for my next Sarah Price read.  An Amish Buggy Ride topped all my expectations!

While the setting is one of my favorite genres (I love almost anything Amish), the theme of the story transcends the setting to meet readers with any area of interest.  Kate Zook is so burdened by self-imposed guilt that she is convinced leaves her among the greatest of sinners, that she can't imagine ever deserving to be forgiven and able to really enjoy life.  Without giving away any of the story, I must say that the way Sarah has the characters come to grips with sin, guilt and forgiveness left me in tears and touched me deeply.  The worst part of the whole book was that it had to come to an end!

I highly recommend An Amish Buggy Ride to fans of great Amish fiction and to those who might think they don't even like Amish fiction!  Thanks to Sarah for providing an advance digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:

Quiet and soft-spoken, Kate Zook is the responsible eldest daughter in an Amish family and prides herself on fulfilling her role. Then, one fateful snowy night, she uncharacteristically speaks her mind—and unwittingly plays a part in a horrible accident.

Wracked by guilt over her role in the tragedy that left her brother David injured, Kate devotes herself to his care, going so far as to take on his chores in the fields. Even so, her brother’s resentment toward her grows, and David torments Kate, making her increasingly isolated life even more difficult.

Though Kate’s parents have emotionally withdrawn, someone outside the home takes an interest in Kate and notes her clear grief. Samuel, a local boy, has recently returned from a wild rumschpringe—the Amish term for exploring the wider world—and recommitted to his community. Intrigued by Kate’s gentle yet loyal ways, he begins to fall in love with her. But tensions rise as he refuses to put up with David’s rage. As Kate’s heart begins to stir and cry out for happiness, she must rely on faith to find forgiveness or risk losing out on love.

About the Author:

The author of over 25 novels, Sarah Price brings her Anabaptist roots and over 25 years experience with the Amish to her books, many of which have been Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers (Plain Fame, Plain Change, Amish Faith, & others).

The Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area's first wave of Mennonite families. The name later changed to Price. Sarah Price has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years.

Twenty-five years later, she now splits her time between her husband and children in the NYC Metro area and a home that she shares with an Amish woman in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where she retreats to reflect and write. As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers. Many of her stories are based on actual people she has met and her own experiences living among the Amish over the years.

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