This exciting new series from beloved author of Amish romance Shelley Shepard Gray delves into the workings of three generations of an Amish family, where nothing is as perfect as it seems. Aaron and Lovinia Keim have been cornerstones of the community for years. They live in the Dawdi House, in the back of their property, and their middle son, Peter manages the farm and main house with his grown children, son Roman and twin daughters, Viola and Elsie.
Viola has recently started a job at the Mennonite retirement home. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with Atle Beachy, whose only living relative, a son Ed, is off living as a missionary in Nicaragua. While Viola understands the importance of mission work, she can't imagine leaving her father in the hands of strangers. It's not the Amish way, and even though she doesn't know Ed, she doesn't like him for how he's abandoned his father.
But soon Ed surprises his father with a visit, and despite Viola's cold attitude, falls for her hard, and is determined to start courting her.
Even though Viola can't deny she feels the attraction too, she has no time to focus on her feelings. Her own family, for so long a pillar of their community, begins to crumble. When the family is cleaning out the attic, they come across a photograph of her grandmother-as an Englisher! Viola's father Peter seems to be taking it the hardest. All his life he's felt that he's never measured up to how perfect his parents are. Now he finds out that that they've been keeping secrets?
Viola worries about her father, especially as he starts acting strange. One evening, he seems almost drunk. But that can't be right-their family doesn't drink. Even more strange is when her mother gets mad at Viola when she questions what's going on.
As she turns to Ed for comfort, Viola realizes she has two choices: Marry Ed and go to wherever he is sent, or stay home and try to hold her family together.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 02 / 2013
- 203 x 135mm