Sunday, December 1, 2013

Davey's Daughter by Linda Byler

Barns are burning in the Lancaster County’s Amish community, and no one knows who’s doing it or why.

Sarah Beiler’s barn was the first to burn and it was quickly followed by two other barn fires. The entire Amish community is on edge and wrestling with how they should respond to these seemingly random crimes.

Should the Amish consider police protection as Sarah’s cousin, Melvin, insists, or should the community continue to follow their traditional peaceful approach to violence as Sarah’s father, Davey, the local minister, counsels? Then another barn burns, this one more devastating than any other, and the community again rallies around the distressed family.

Even in the midst of this chaos, life must go on for Sarah and her family. But now it feels as if nothing is normal. The local Amish school board asks Sarah to take over teaching a school where the students are out of control. How will she handle obstinate Amish kids and their defensive parents? Matthew is asking if the Amish church is the right fit for him. Will Sarah follow him if he decides to leave the community?

Sarah’s mother can’t stay out of it and keeps urging Sarah to pay more attention to Lee, the well-behaved Amish man, who helps anyone in the community in need.

How will Sarah respond to all of the forces that are pulling her in different directions? She is Davey’s daughter, after all, raised to love and respect the long-held traditions of her people. But will the outside forces become so great that she gives up her parents’ ways and decides to leave her community?

About The Author

Linda Byler grew up Amish and is an active member of the Amish Church today. She is the author of the bestselling Amish romance novel series, Lizzie Searches for Love. Linda is also well known within the Amish community as a columnist for a weekly Amish newspaper.

My Review:

This is the second book in the Lancaster Burning series written by an Amish writer. Several Amish barns burn in this book too, as is predictable. But the characters and side stories are what will keep you reading. Sarah Beiler is a devout young Amish woman who is looking for love. Unfortunately, the way she handles her relationship with Matthew is enough to make you pull your hair out. But sweet Sarah is also the one who steps up when the widow's barn is burned; and again when the community needs a new teacher for their unruly students. The mystery of the barn burnings and relationships build until the end. You will want to read more - and you can when the next book in the series comes out!

I received this book through Netgalley, and the Publisher Open Road Integrated Media, and was not required to give a positive review. 

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