Saturday, March 1, 2014

Review of "A Road Unknown"

Review of A Road Unknown:  Amish Roads, Book One

by Barbara Cameron

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Elizabeth is at a crossroad. Will rumschpringe lead her away? Or bring her home?

She's been given the chance to experience life outside of her community, away from the responsibility to care for her eight younger siblings, but Elizabeth Bontrager can't decide which road to take. Goshen has its charms and pressures, but Paradise, Pennsylvania, sounds
. . . well, like paradise. And it's also home to her Englisch friend, Paula. Decision made. Elizabeth is Paradise bound.

But will the small town live up to its name? When Elizabeth meets Paula's friend, Bruce, she quickly learns he wants more than a friendship. And the same might be true of Saul Miller, her new boss at the country story that sells
Amish products to the Englisch community. As the two compete for her attention, Elizabeth is surprised to realize she misses her family and becomes even more uncertain about where she belongs. She has a choice to make: return home or embrace this new life and possibly a new love?

MY REVIEW:  How many of us have felt weighed down by responsibilities of the home as young people?   We may want our own home some day but not as a teen.   We may want to run around and have fun like the Englisch friends we see, if we are an Amish teen who is expected to care for many younger siblings as well as household duties.   Elizabeth feels this way and just can't take it anymore.  She feels God leading her to leave Indiana and move to Paradise to stay with her Englisch friend, Paula.  She hops on a bus and heads off to create her own destiny, her own world, without all the burdens her parents place on her.   I loved this book.  Elizabeth is refreshing in her honesty and desire to do what is right.    I thoroughly enjoyed observing the workings of an Amish shop and the differences between the Indiana Amish and the Amish of Paradise, Pennsylvania.   Read this delightful book to find out if Elizabeth succeeds in making her own way.  Will she find love and happiness along the way? or will she be forced to return to Indiana?   5 Stars!!!!  
I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.  

About the Author
Barbara Cameron

CBD, CBA, and ECPA bestselling author of 35 books (including new series upcoming for Abingdon Press in 2011/2012) including fiction and non-fiction books for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Harlequin, and other publishers.
She sold three films to HBO/Cinemax and is  the first winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award.
Her two novellas won the 2nd and 3rd place in the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest from the Faith, Love, and Hope chapter of RWA. Both were finalists for the novella category of the Carol Award of the American Christian Writers Award (ACFW).

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