Quiet and soft-spoken, Kate Zook is the responsible eldest daughter in an Amish family and prides herself on fulfilling her role. Then, one fateful snowy night, she uncharacteristically speaks her mind—and unwittingly plays a part in a horrible accident.
Wracked by guilt over her role in the tragedy that left her brother David injured, Kate devotes herself to his care, going so far as to take on his chores in the fields. Even so, her brother’s resentment toward her grows, and David torments Kate, making her increasingly isolated life even more difficult.
Though Kate’s parents have emotionally withdrawn, someone outside the home takes an interest in Kate and notes her clear grief. Samuel, a local boy, has recently returned from a wild rumschpringe—the Amish term for exploring the wider world—and recommitted to his community. Intrigued by Kate’s gentle yet loyal ways, he begins to fall in love with her. But tensions rise as he refuses to put up with David’s rage. As Kate’s heart begins to stir and cry out for happiness, she must rely on faith to find forgiveness or risk losing out on love.
About The Author
There is something magical about getting a second chance in life to learn, live, and love. I think that best describes who I am as a person, a friend, a mother, and a wife.
I have been writing ever since I learned how to hold a pencil. As a child, I wrote a story about a family of gnomes, painstakingly handwriting each story in a blue covered journal. When I was older, I learned how to type on an electric typewriter, spending my summers and weekends plucking at the keys until the early morning hours, much to my older sister’s chagrin.
Most of my stories focused around cultures, learning about different societies within our own. I wrote about homeless people, gypsies, the circus, and the Amish. It was natural that I focused on the Amish. I was raised by a family with a rich history in Pennsylvania. In the early 1700’s, my ancestors came over from Europe and settled in an area that grew into one of the largest Anabaptist communities in the nation. I loved diving into these cultures, studying the people and the environment in order to write about the people who lived among them. I traveled a lot, a careful blend of Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. When I traveled, I would escape the tourist track and immerse myself in local haunts, observing the people and writing in my journals.
Unfortunately, life happens and, during the struggles of my first marriage, the fiction writing tapered to a trickle. But we learn from obstacles and difficulties, often finding new pieces of ourselves that we didn’t even know existed. The good news is that once you are a writer, you are always a writer.
When I settled into my new life with my second husband, I dusted off the manuscripts and returned to the screen. Luckily, my husband has been very supportive and helps with brainstorming, writing, and editing. He had been crucial to the success of my publishing these works.
I have advanced degrees in Marketing, Communication, and (soon) a PhD in Leadership. I use the name Sarah Price as an honor to my grandmother and my family, the Priess family, who came over to America in the very early 1700s aboard an old sailing vessel called the Patience.
In addition, I am beginning to speak out about my battle with breast cancer (http://www.pinkumbrellas.org) and my own experiences with domestic violence and being bullied, specifically with horrendous cyberbullying conducted against me and several of my friends and family by another author.
There will be many additions to my library in the upcoming months and years. I hope you enjoy the journey with me.
What a great read, so many holding on to guilt, and others making them feel guilty, we are led down the road, to redeeming? Or will, the guilt over rule everything in their lives?
This is one page-turning read, from the first page to the very end, and loved the epilogue! Dealing with act of forgiveness can be hard, and even harder if you cannot forgive yourself. Sarah Price has done an awesome job of leading us on this journey and with the question of whether or not we accept God’s grace
We have a great time riding in the buggy, and could almost feel like I was there, with the clip clop of the horse’s feet. Loved going to the park and felt like I was feeling the spray from the beautiful waterfalls, and looking at the fauna and wildlife, my kind of a field trip.
What a surprising out-come you are about to experience, loved the way things turned out when I never saw it coming. You will need the tissues handy, and the emotions felt in this story could go more than one way, especially when you are hurting.
Don’t miss this exceptional Amish read, really one of the best I’ve read, it has all of the best parts of Amish life here.
I received this book through the Author Sarah Price, and was not required to give a positive review.