The dual timeline provides an intriguing element to the story and brings to light interesting pieces of history. Although the setting is primarily Amish, there are interesting characters in both time periods from a variety of backgrounds. While romance is not the main theme, there is a nice amount of it woven into the plot. And both stories work together to form a very cohesive and engaging read.
Fans of well-written Amish fiction should enjoy this captivating story. I look forward to more installments in this series.
Thanks to the author and her publisher, Bethany House, for providing a copy of Piecing It All Together. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
About the Book
After Savannah Mast's fiancé dumps her a week before their wedding, she flees California for the safety of her Amish grandmother's farm near Nappanee, Indiana, where she used to spend her summers. Savannah intends her stay to be brief, but when an Amish woman goes into labor in the middle of a blizzard and needs Savannah's help, she finds herself unexpectedly entangled in their family's drama. The woman's oldest daughter, Miriam, goes missing and Savannah's childhood friend Tommy Miller is implicated.
Jane Berger, the local historian and owner of a nearby quilt shop, tells her a similar tale of another woman's disappearance in the 1800s, inspiring Savannah to do all she can to help with the search for Miriam. But when Tommy's own cousin testifies against him, she isn't sure who she can trust.
And when events stir up painful memories of her mother, she must face her own truth: that her engagement isn't the only thing in her life that is broken.
About the BookLeslie Gould (www.lesliegould.com) is a Christy Award-winning and #1 bestselling author of over 35 novels, including four Lancaster County Amish series. She holds an MFA in creative writing and, besides writing fulltime, teaches at Warner Pacific University. She and her husband live in Portland, Oregon, and are the parents of four adult children.