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A Season of Change by Lynette Sowell
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it was ok

Knowing next to nothing about Amish and Mennonite culture myself, Lynette Sowell offers a unique glimpse into the day-to-day lives of various sects. What I appreciate about Sowell’s storytelling is she presents the religious dichotomies in a conversational and understandable manner, without sounding overly academic. I had no idea of the Pinecraft community’s existence, but thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Amish version of Las Vegas. I think A Season of Change will dispel certain stereotypes about Amish and Englisch cultures alike.

The idea was unique and piqued my interest (Amish man falling for a non-Amish woman); however, the overall execution fell short. I can understand why Jacob’s demeanor was sometimes cold and distant – it’s a product of his upbringing. However, at times, I felt like the dialogue was too stiff and not believable for Natalie, our young twenty-something heroine. Also, I was bothered by how much time was spent on Jacob’s grief over his late wife. Yes, we know he is still in mourning, but I felt like the first third of the book was an homage to his wife – which, as a reader, was a bit overwhelming.

All in all, if you’re looking for a fun, easy and quick read, I think you’ll enjoy A Season of Change. I wasn’t aware there was a genre for Amish fiction, and even though it’s not my cup of tea, it was refreshing to read something completely different.

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Reading Progress

May 13, 2014 – Started Reading
May 13, 2014 – Shelved
May 13, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
June 3, 2014 – Finished Reading

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