Friday, January 11, 2013
Review of "Goodbye to Yesterday" by Wanda Brunstetter
Join Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, an Amish couple who are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives. Financial struggles. Arguments. A suspected pregnancy. A last-minute trip to Middlebury, Indiana. A drug addict on the run. A deadly encounter at a Philadelphia bus station. Will their love and faith be enough to bring them back together again, against all odds?
Wanda Brunstetter is one of my favorite authors and this book was a wonderful one. I quickly fell in love with the story of Meredith and Luke. They are dealing with the loss of Luke's job and my husband is currently in the same position so this is a dilemma I can definitely relate to. The anxiety related to the financial stress causes arguments between the young newlyweds, and Meredith is pretty sure that she is expecting their first baby. She does not want to tell Luke until she has it confirmed by the Amish midwife, and so he leaves for his trip to his uncle's home before she finds out for sure and certain. I also am a proud mom to a fur baby and their dog, Fritz, keeps Meredith company while Luke is gone.
Then a new and ugly twist enters the story's plot: the drug addict, Alex, who has already stolen drugs and money. Alex now seems to threaten the happiness of Luke and Meredith. In fact, the end of Part 1 leaves us wondering if Alex kills Luke, or does he seriously harm him instead? Will Luke ever get to his destination? Will Meredith receive a call that he has safely arrived? or will she hear that her beloved is never going to return home at all? I was hanging on the edge of my seat by the end and already wondering what happens next. I will eagerly wait for Part 2 to be published so I can find out what the verdict is.
About the Author:
Wanda Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish way of life when she first visited her husband's Mennonite relatives living in Pennsylvania. Wanda and her husband, Richard, live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit AMish settlements through out the states, where they have several Amish friends. Wanda and her husband have two grown children and six grandchildren. In her spare time, Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, beachcombing, stamping, and having fun with her family. Visit her website at: http://www.wandabrunstetter.com.
I won a copy of this book in a facebook giveaway. I agreed to give an honest review of the book and all opinions are my own.