I absolutely cannot fathom why this book possibly has so few bad reviews. The story line was so jumpy that from the beginning of the book to the point...moreI absolutely cannot fathom why this book possibly has so few bad reviews. The story line was so jumpy that from the beginning of the book to the point where they get married (note: 75 pages in), the author could have easily stretched that into a book alone. Months passed within paragraphs, and integral plot was skipped over. Because of this, the two main characters went from hating each other to falling in love, with no explanation of the time in between.
My kingdom for some description! I have no idea what even one of the characters look like, aside from the fact that they're male or female and a rough age range. The only time we even figure out Sara's hair color is during one of the many sex scenes, which are by far not the norm for an Amish-themed book, and unnecessary in my opinion. This genre generally isn't sought out by those who want to read something so explicit.
Half the time, I thought that Adam was a werewolf or something, with the way he was carrying on about how he had to hold himself back and couldn't be allowed to love and couldn't get a woman pregnant, for fear of her life. His reactions and inner monologue were far too extreme to be for the reason it was.
The interaction with Jordan, the doctor, was also inappropriate. Sara acted like she either had an ongoing relationship with the man, or had in the past. She was a married woman and he was kissing her, cuddling up to her, and she was stroking his cheek and smiling fondly to wake him from his sleep with his head in her lap. No forgiveness was asked for these actions, even though they were by far not those found in a normal friendship. He also had feelings for Adam's sister, which just ended up looking inappropriate, because we never found out what his sister's age was - and she was made out to be around thirteen or fourteen, with the way she was acting. This made the doctor into a pervert.
I have never heard a child speak like his children did, either - using "my" instead of "I" was extremely, teeth-grindingly annoying, and it was never corrected. "My doesn't want you to go?" No. No, you little twit. I don't know if this was taught to them or if it was never corrected, but it needed to be, or he's going to have a couple more "spinsters" on his hands - and don't even get me started on that.
Not a good book. If it was stretched out, description was added, a chill pill was given to Adam, and time was given for events to occur, then maybe it could have been salvaged in some way. Please don't waste your time on something that will only annoy you.(less)
I wanted this book to be more about what it said it was about - living with the Amish and learning their ways. Instead, the author glazed over what th...moreI wanted this book to be more about what it said it was about - living with the Amish and learning their ways. Instead, the author glazed over what they did in day-to-day life and talked about me-me-me the entire time, and how rushed and panicked her life was, and her own internal problems. That's fine for a book that's about yourself, but when it's presented as learning about the Amish, its should actually be about the Amish.(less)
I've just finished the first novella out of the three in this book, A Mirical for Miriam. I enjoyed that Miriam was a different type of character, sho...moreI've just finished the first novella out of the three in this book, A Mirical for Miriam. I enjoyed that Miriam was a different type of character, showing that insecurities about looks and glasses can still exist inside the Plain people, and that a boy can still change a young girl's perspective. I found it very realistic! What I didn't like is that they seemed to keep honing in on Miriam's looks - even to the point of people not denying it when she put herself down. Everyone has beauty, inside and out, if you only take the time to see it.
I'm excited to move on to the next novella today.
I've just finished A Choice to Forgive, the second novella in the book. It was fantastic. I really enjoyed the writing style! Now on to the last...(less)
**spoiler alert** I was very pleased with this book. It left no stones unturned, tied up all loose ends, and had an engaging storyline that I was eage...more**spoiler alert** I was very pleased with this book. It left no stones unturned, tied up all loose ends, and had an engaging storyline that I was eager to keep seeing more of. I must admit that I was a bit annoyed with Johnny coming back. He never gave Leah the apology or closure she deserved, especially for just leaving out of the blue. It was very bothersome. She deserved better than that. I'm just glad that she did, indeed, get better by the end of the book! My heart actually caught when she first said no to Daniel's proposal - but I'm so glad that it worked out correctly. I'm very happy with this author's writing, so I can't wait to read more in the future!(less)