Annie Zook is the daughter of the Old Order Amish preacher in Paradise, Pennsylvania. She is twenty years old,
unbaptised and has an artistic talent that is frowned upon by the Bishop in her Amish Community. She is still
in her "rumschpringe," the years between juvenile immaturity, and adulthood, baptism and church membership. But
her time of "rumschpringe" is running out.
Louisa Stratford, Annie's pen pal for several years, lives in Denver, Colorado and is soon to marry Michael
Berkeley. Louisa comes from a wealthy family of "new money" while Michael comes from "old money." Often Louisa
thinks of her friend Annie and marvels at how Annie can be so content and at peace living the simple life; Louisa
even longs for a simpler life for herself. Upon learning that Michael sees marrying her as no more than a
business deal, the simple life beckons to her. Louisa goes to Paradise, Pennsylvania to stay with Annie's
family for an extended period of time.
During this time, church member Esther's abusive husband, Zeke, complains to the church elders about Esther's
new-found relationship with Jesus Christ. How odd that embracing the assurance of salvation through God's Son is
so frowned upon. Her punishment is to be banned, separated from her own family while still living under the same
roof. She will be under the ban until she repents of finding the joy of her dear Savior and Lord.
The Community is still unsettled by the abduction of little Isaac Hochstetler, and Annie must choose between
her God-given artistic talent and the Amish Community -her very own people.
Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite authors! Her writing and character development are so real that I walk
away from her books feeling as though I personally know these characters and find myself wondering about them
for days after reading the last page of the book.
Her ability to write multiple story lines is amazing! Because the many story lines and the enjoyable
characters in her books will keep you engrossed in the story to the very last page, you will also anxiously
await the next book in the series.
Her insight and knowledge of the Amish Culture is amazing. I have found every book I have read by this
author to be fantastic and educational regarding the Amish way of life. I personally love Beverly Lewis' books
and highly recommend them to others.