As I have previously written, books about the Amish interest me since I live near a settlement here in Tennessee. Recently I was able to read a great Amish book by Kathleen Fuller that I got on Booksneeze.com called Faithful to Laura.
The main character in this book is Laura Stutzman, a young Amish girl that fell in love with an “English” man named Mark. She was raised in the small, close knit Amish community in Etheridge, Tennessee. One day she met a handsome English man that helped in her family’s bakery. The two teenagers fell in love but only later did she realize he was just using her to get the money from the bakery. After stealing the money, setting the barn on fire and locking her inside to die does she realize that he is not the man she thought he was. Now left with permanent scars on her face, she decides to go to Ohio to stay with some kin until she can face her parents. All she can focus on now is finding Mark and exacting her revenge for all he has done but her Amish roots are telling her she needs to forgive. However, Laura doesn’t know if she can forgive and although meeting someone new is the last thing on her mind, her heart may have other ideas.
Sawyer is a “Yankee” that has been raised by the Amish since his parents’ death when he was a child. Now, the time has come to choose which life he wants to follow, Amish or Yankee. To further complicate things, a lady claiming to be his grandmother shows up wanting him to come with her to New York so she will have an heir to leave her wealth to when she dies. Sawyer doesn’t know which way to turn. Then he meets Laura and all of a sudden has someone he can talk to. He sees past her scars and looks into her heart. Is being Amish in God’s plan for him and if so, can he ever get Laura to trust him after her previous experience with men?
I loved this book and although there are other characters and their stories intertwined, I found it very intriguing and hard to put down. I would definitely read more books by this author in the future.