This book is not an easy book to read, there are multiple characters, and story lines within it as well as several people seeking direction. I honestly did not like the lead characters for much of the book, Rose is selfish, and munipulative, and shows a lack of faith and commentment. Her sister Lila, always the care giver of the family has put on blinders to most of Rose's faults other than a surface admission of her sister's self absorption. Their Dad, Tim is distant and unable to express his feelings very well, and the Bishop, Gideon, seems by his own son Reubens assessment as slow, and too easy going with the Lehman family. Reuben, having been jilted earlier by Lila is now courting Rose, but he seems unable to keep her, or to really gain access to her heart or tame her reckless nature. Zane, having converted to the Amish faith, longs for marriage to Lila, but has yet to honestly relinquish his need to control situations. Then enters Trevor, back from Afghanistan and suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, who enters the book weeping, but then exits with tears shed round after his behavior.
This book features a quite a monopoly of interaction between families, friends, faith, and pain. It is very disfunctional, and seemed to drag on too long to the pain. This is similar to mainstream families with step,children, second marriage, infeldeity, drug and alcohol use, and vehicle accident and recovery. That being said, if you enjoy the comparison of Amish family life to "English" modern living, you would enjoy this book. If you enjoy something more meatier than a simple Amish story line, you would enjoy the diverse character, and their entanglements. If you enjoy finally finding faith and forgiveness at the end of a story, you will enjoy the finish. If you don't mind sufffering a bit along with storyline chracters, then you will enjoy the Lehman journey to wholeness.
"Will love be enough to fix what tragedy threatens?"
"Gregarious Rose Lehman, who's always the life of the Amish youth signings, is determined to marry the bishop's son, Reuben Byler, until ...,,,,Trevor"
"When her sister Lila is injured in a devasting accident, Rose finds herself with more freedom than she's ever experienced in her life. Have her choices ruined her best chance at love, or is there another path to happiness she just hasn't seen yet?"
From the publisher.
Journey along to Juneberry Lane with the Lehman sisters, Lila and Rose in the Lancaster Amish Community, their struggles are as real as our own, and only trust in God can carry them through it all.