Sunday, September 11, 2016

4-Star Review of "Until I Love Again"

Review of Until I Love Again

(The St. Lawrence County Amish #2)

by Jerry S. Eicher

What if the only way to avoid total rejection was to marry or run?

Susanna's freedom during her rumspringa time goes a bit further than she wants her family to know. A birthday sign innocently placed on a gas station billboard condemns Susanna as she realizes her relationship with an Englisha has become far too close.

Her daett is not pleased, but what he hasn't told her is that he himself fathered a child during his own rumspringa. Widower Ernest Helmuth knows about the child, but has said nothing as of yet. He plans on having Susanna as his bride.

With her baptism approaching, Susanna knows that time is running out to make her choice: stay with her family or go to live with the Englisha she has come to love.

With Ernest Helmuth watching, that decision might not be hers to make.

MY REVIEW:   Ernest Helmuth is very persistent and controlling, and he is determined to have Susanna as his new bride.  His two little girls are just adorable and need a new mother.  His sister has been kind enough to help him care for his home and his daughters, but she is of marriageable age herself and is very fond of a young Amish man in the church.  Susanna enjoyed her rumspringa time a little too much for her family and the community's taste.   But does that explain why she hasn't been invited to ride home with anyone from the singings?   Susanna has met a wonderful Englisha friend in Joey and his family as well.   They are very good friends but her family does NOT approve.   Will he lead her away from the church or will she marry Ernest and stay?  and what is the secret that Ernest is holding over her head?
            This book is very interesting.  I did wonder though about the treatment that Susanna receives from the Amish community and the eligible young men?  I don't want to spoil the story for readers in telling what this treatment is and why she receives it, but in other Amish novels, I thought things were done in a different way for young people in her position.  The author was raised in an Amish home so I'm sure he is correct.  I wonder why other authors show a different perspective?  This does make the plot very unique compared to others I have read.  Readers will enjoy learning about the Amish and Susanna's love interests.   
          I rated this book 4 stars and am sure that other readers will love this book.   
          I received an ebook from netgalley and a print copy from the author and publisher in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

About the author:

Jerry Eicher’s bestselling Amish fiction (more than 210,000 in combined sales) includes The Adams County Trilogy, the Hannah’s Heart books, and the Little Valley Series. After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since then he’s been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina Eicher, and their four children in Virginia.

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