Saturday, February 1, 2014

Taken for English (Valley of Choice #3) by Olivia Newport

Annie joined the Amish church based on prayerful conviction, not romantic dreams. And yet, she’d hoped to share her new life with Rufus. But he’s obviously in no hurry. Family history clearly shows it’s never been easy living a plain life in the English world. Will the changes and challenges Annie now faces as a young Amish woman test her newfound faith in good ways or bad? And how long will Rufus test her patience?

About The Author:

I’m imagining you. You walk past as I water my front flowerbeds and we wave. You check the time as we both stand in a long line at the grocery store. You sit in front of me in church. I’m at my table in the coffee shop and you’re at yours.
We may smile politely and move on with our separate lives. Or one of us may speak, a simple invitation to conversation, and the words flow between us.
Here the adventure begins. When we meet someone new, we never know where it might lead.
I’ve been married for over thirty years and have two twenty-something kids. We live in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where the day lilies in my back yard grow as tall as I am. (No short jokes, please.)
Not every piece of my life is pretty, though. Some days I want to throw out whole chunks. But I am living each day looking for the grace of God to me, in me, and through me. Having your companionship along the way will help uncover a lot of great stories. 

My Review:

I loved joining the old friends again. I have really come to know them well through the past two books. Let me begin by saying you can read this book and follow the story by reading this book alone, but you will deprive yourself of some really good reads.
Loved all the action that takes place, and you think you have decided who the guilty party is. Found myself changing my mind a few times, and then back again.
We see that there are problems in Amish families, with the wandering of Leah. How could parents let her go for so long? Strange!
We see Annie following through with her commitment to become Amish. What a sweet heart she has, and full of compassion. Hope that Rufus comes to his senses!
There is also some conclusion here in the lives of Ruth and Elijah. I would love to follow those two.
In all this is a read that really could happen in any community, arson and mental illness are sadly present in all cultures. Enjoy!

I received this book through Net Galley and Barbour Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.

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