Beside Still Waters (The Big Sky Series, #1)
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Beside Still Waters (The Big Sky Series #1)

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Raised among the Amish of Indiana, 18-year-old Marianna Sommer plans to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and set up life in the only community she has ever known. But when her older brother chooses the world’s path following his rumschpringe, and a younger sibling begins showing interest in Englisch ways, Marianna’s parents move the family to Montana.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by B&H Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Christy
I love being able to have a new experience every time I read a book, and when it comes to reading Amish fiction...well, that's a tad bit of a rarity. Most of the time, their culture is seen as difficult, closed off, and rigorous. But in Tricia Goyer's first Amish novel, those cultural boundaries are pushed to the edge, and seriously...it makes for an incredibly entertaining, yet beautiful, story that I won't soon forget.

What surprised me most about this story was the increased interaction betwee...more
Stacie Vaughan
This wasn’t my first time reading an Amish Fiction novel, but it was my first time reading any of Tricia Goyer’s work. Beside Still Waters was amazing and I was drawn into the story from the very first page. Tricia Goyer is a gifted writer and I was able to visualize vividly in my mind’s eye as the story unfolded. Her characters were all believable and I felt very connected to them especially Marianna, the main character.
The book follows Marianna as she prepares to move across the country from h...more
Jodie
After a tragic accident turns her family's world upside down, Marianna feels she must do everything right so as not to upset her mother. Growing up she always was trying to prove herself by pleasing her mother and father, helping around the house more than expected, and not asking a lot of questions. When Marianna's mother and father can no longer take the stares from everyone in their Indiana community, they decide to head west and replant their family in Montana. Only, Marianna has been wantin...more
Amber Stokes
This is one of those books that surprised me. The prologue seemed abrupt, and the beginning of the book didn't really capture my attention. But eventually I became more involved in the story, and the train ride to Montana--the change in setting and perspective--really drew me into the plot and the heart of the characters.

The second half of the book felt more genuine to me. It raised some important questions and stirred my emotions. The underlying tension of two different worlds was palpable and...more
Megan
Beside Still Waters was a refreshingly new take on Amish fiction. I was hooked after only reading the first two pages. The prologue was so moving and heartbreaking, even though I knew it was going to happened!

Marianna has always lived with being the replacement daughter, because the night she was born her family was in a tragic buggy/car accident in which her two older sisters perished. Shortly thereafter her mother went into labor with her and when she was born. Her father named her Marianna in...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
This story begins when the Sommer family are on there way home from a church meeting. They are an Amish family traveling by way of horse and buggy. They cross a busy road and are in a terrible accident that will change their lives forever. Two of their little girls are killed in this accident and a baby girl is forced to come into this world under harsh circumstance. Their young son also survives.

Marianne was that baby and she has been trying walk in the shoes of her two sister ever since day o...more
Crystal Martin
I am new to both Tricia Goyer's novels and Amish Fiction. It's not that Amish stories don't appeal to me, I just never found one that reached out and begged me to read it, until now. "Beside Still Water's" is the first in her Big Sky Amish series. Tricia is an outstanding author and has captured not only a bit of Amish culture in her newest novel, but also tells the tale of a 19 year old girls life and faith.

Tricia has done a wonderful job showing us the faith behind Amish culture, the anguish o...more
Eleanor
***Though the publisher provides the free ebook, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

Marianna Sommer is a young Amish girl who plans to stay in the Amish faith, marry, and be content. Nevertheless, family issues need her to change directions.

After loosing one child to the Englisch ways and realizing another child could be heading in that direction, Marianna's parents decide they need to move from Indiana. Her parents have already suffered enough tragedy, losing two of their girls through in accident...more
Julie Graves
On the night her 2 sisters died in a horrible accident Marianna Sommers was born. Raised in an Amish community in Indiana Marianna has tried her entire life to make up for the loss of her sisters.

Marianna is almost 20 and starting to think about having a home of her own. Aaron Zook has been taking an interest in her. He is building his own cabin and has dreams of one day living in it with Marianna.

Marianna’s brother Levi has left the community. He has caused embarrassment and heartache for his p...more
Paula Schuck
I have only started this one, but am extremely impressed with the quality of the writing so far.
Pamela
I'm not a fan of the whole Amish fiction genre. Even so, I took a chance and grabbed the opportunity to review Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer. Goyer had never written an Amish book before, so I was hoping she would bring a fresh outlook to the crowd. And without a doubt, I was intrigued by the unique Montana setting.

Happily, I was not disappointed.
In fact, I was pleasantly surprised!

Yes, Beside Still Waters is still an Amish novel filled with quilt making, rigid family practices and lots...more
Renee
I'm beginning to think that Tricia Goyer can do it all! Not only is she an amazing non-fiction and historical fiction writer but now she has conquered the Amish fiction genre with her book, Beside Still Waters. I think it's high time that I admit that I am once again becoming a fan of the Amish fiction book. For a while I quite reading because it seemed that all the stories were so predictable but with fresh, new authors emerging seemingly everyday it seems that anything and everything is happen...more
Wendy Hines
Based on a true story, Beside Still Waters is spectacular Amish fiction. Marianna is born directly after a buggy/semi accident that takes the life of two of her sisters. Sisters that she is also named after. In her mind, she has never lived up to the expectations of her two sisters, and so she strives for the best in everything she does.

She also finds herself really liking Aaron Zook, who also aims to make Marianna his wife. But Marianna's father decides to move the family to Montana. Even thoug...more
Laurie Carlson
“Beside Still Waters, A Big Sky Novel” by Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer takes us on her wonderful ‘first’ Amish journey in this first book of the, ‘A Big Sky Novel’ series, with “Beside Still Waters”, being Book One in the series. It feels as if she has been writing Amish fiction all along in her writing career, with this, her first attempt at Amish Fiction. I enjoyed it much more than some of the other Amish Fiction writers, and I think she should write a lot more Amish Fiction from this point on.
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Courtney
What if your birth marks the day of huge tragedy in your family?! How would it feel to share your birthday with mixed emotions of a day marked with great loss? This is the reality for Marianna. She was born on a day of a massive tragedy in her family and struggles every day to please her parents in hope that she’ll be the joy in their sad lives. Marianna is excited when her crush Aaron finally declares his interest in marrying her but then she is uncertain of her future when her parents decide t...more
Cindy


The Sommer family, have been in the 'spotlight' of their Indiania Amish community for years, in fact everyone in their community was in the spotlight for each other. Watching each other to make sure they were living strict, holy lives, following the Ordnung. It could be suffocating sometimes, however. The horrible accident that had cost the Sommer family their two oldest daughters, and brought on the early birth of Marianna, kept them in the eyes of the other members of their community. Marianna...more
Jan Drexler
In Beside Still Waters, author Tricia Goyer takes the reader on a journey into an aspect of Amish life that few people consider: What happens to the people of such a tightly knit community when tragedy strikes?

Born on the same night her two older sisters were killed in a buggy accident, Marianna Sommers has tried to replace them in her parents’ lives. Marianna is caught between her duty to honor and respect her parents and her own desires to enjoy the courtship of the man she loves. If she refus...more
Laura
Title: BESIDE STILL WATERS
Author: Tricia Goyer
Publisher: Broadman & Holman
April 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4336-6868-5
Genre: Inspirational/Amish/Women’s fiction


Marianna Sommer was born the night her sister’s died—and she’s always known that part of her history. Just once, she wishes she could have a birthday without being reminded about the sadness that occurred, but that will never happen. Now at nineteen, Marianna plans to marry Aaron Zook, but with one of Marianna’s brothers having jumped the fence...more
Janet
Beside Still Waters– Tricia Goyer
Marianna and her family move from Amish Indiana to a small town in Montana where the English and the Amish work together to make it work. This causes a lot of questions for Marinna, who knew what her end result would be if she stayed in Indiana. She was going to get baptized and marry Aaron Zook and live happily ever after. Being of age she has the option of going with her family or staying, her father asked her to go for 6 months, Aaron asked her to stay, with h...more
Allison Duke
Marianna Sommers has always felt that her life is shaped by the tragedy that took the lives of her two sisters on the night she was born. In an attempt to fill that void, she tried to be the perfect daughter, perfect sister, and perfect Amish girl. She also dreams to be the perfect Amish wife to Aaron, the good Amish boy she's adored forever. However, her parents have plans to change all that, moving the family from their established community in Indiana to the wild and sparsely-populated mounta...more
SallyHP
Beside Still Waters starts out like many of the other Amish-centered books that I've read, particularly two series that I really like by Beverly Lewis. In addition to the standard internal conflict brought upon children in the Amish community who are in the thick of their Rumspringe, nineteen year-old Marianna Sommer also has a family tragedy to content with. The day of her birth also marks the day her older sisters were lost in a buggy accident caused by her father falling asleep while driving...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer is the first book in the Big Sky series. Marianna Sommer has lived every moment of her nearly nineteen years knowing that she had to make up for the two sisters who died in a tragic accident the night she was born. Despite the children born after her, there is still a heavy grief that lies on the Sommer family. And it has only grown since eldest son Levi has left the Amish faith. Marianna has always known that she wanted to marry Aaron Zook and he has finally...more
Cafelilybookreviews
Beside Still Waters is the first Amish fiction novel that Tricia Goyer has written, adding a fresh new flavor to her long list of best selling titles. The idea for this book came from the true story of a family that Tricia met through a friend of her daughter’s.Main character, Marianna, is the namesake of her deceased sisters (Marilyn and Joanna), whose deaths occurred the same night she was born. Carrying the weight of knowing that her parents constantly compare her to the two daughters they lo...more
Abbie
3.5 Stars


Marianna was born the night her two older sisters where tragically killed in a buggy accident. She has grown up always feeling like she can’t measure up to her dead sisters. Now as a young woman she is excited to hopefully marry Aaron and start a family of her own and get out from under the shadow of her sisters memory. Before she can though her parents decide to move to Montana for a year. Marianna’s mother is expecting a baby so Marianna agrees to go alone for 6 months to help. While...more
Camille
And now back to the Amish fiction!

Today I have

Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer

Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer is the first book in the Big Sky Series that Tricia Goyer has recently released.

We follow the main character, Marianna, who was born on a night of tragedy. Her family was hit by a semi-truck in her buggy. Her two older sisters were killed and her mother went into premature labor and had her.

Her whole life Marianna has grown up feeling less than she can be. She isn't an adequate re...more
Amber French
Marianna feels she’s a constant reminder to her parents of the children they lost. She was born on the night her two sisters died and is unable to think they’re comparing her to them. “How can one replace two?” often runs through her mind. Her father has been talking about moving the family to Montana in search of a fresh start but Marianna doesn’t want to leave what’s familiar to her. Or Aaron Zook. Aaron has made his intentions clear of marriage but what will happen if she moves away? He tells...more
Wendy
Marianna Sommers was born early due to a freak accident that killed her two older sisters, Marilyn and Joanna. Her parents and older brother survived but her mother went into premature labor and her dad named her Marianna after the older sisters that were killed. She lived her life in Indiana and planned on marrying Aaron Zook once they started courting and both joined the church.

The family was blessed with three more boys and a daughter. Levi, her brother that survived the accident, left the Am...more
Casey
When you are confronted with unimaginable horror, you can either brace yourself under the burden, or burrow deep into the hurt and clothe yourself in sorrow.

The beginning of BESIDE STILL WATERS grabbed my attention right off the bat with a deadly accident involving a young Amish family and a reckless driver. I instantly sympathized with the characters in their struggles. There was good tension between Marianna and her parents. I could feel the cords of their relationship being pulled to the sna...more
Kav
This one has all the markings of a new epic Amish series. Goyer fills each page with emotion and does an amazing job of depicting Marianna's conflict. I could feel the angst! Actually woke up this morning at 3:15 contemplating her dilemma! (I know, I know, I have to get a real life!) This is the kind of book that would work wonderfully well in a book club because there are such rich issues that we all deal with.

I think part of my love of Amish fiction comes from being able to parallel their stru...more
Diane U
Marianna's life began from a miracle of a tragedy. Her two older sisters died in a buggy accident causing her mother to go into labor early for her. Marianna has always felt the need to be the perfect daughter since she was replacing two daughters. Her family in Indiana has always been looked at differently since that accident and the family feels that life cannot be bright with that lurking over them. Her older brother Levi, left the Amish community to live amongst the English and is having a n...more
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