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Where Grace Abides by B.J. Hoff
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Jul 27, 11

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This book does nothing to further the main plot, which is the relationship between Jeremiah and Rachel, so it seems like this book was written just to make more money. All of the "should be" subplots in this novel, which became the main plot, just drag out the story. Another issue that I have with this novel is the almost glorified Amish culture. Their beliefs, such as you cannot defend yourself if someone attacks you or your family, are ridiculous. Other parts of their culture annoy me as well, such as the amount of power that the people allow the bishop to wield. The Amish treat the bishop as if he's God. What really upsets me, though, is Rachel's submission to these blasphemous beliefs. I want to like her because she’s the main character, but it angers me to see how she lets herself be brainwashed. If Rachel doesn’t choose to leave the Amish in the third book, I will be greatly upset because by accepting the Amish way of life, Rachel is choosing to live in a cult.
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