Eben Troyer hopes to make Joanna his bride–if he can ever leave his parents’ farm in Shipshewana, Indiana. Yet Eben’s hopes to build a life with Joanna hinge on his brother’s return from the English world….
Joanna has a very rough time in the beginning of the story. She has been a bridesmaid several times and now her Amish community is starting to think she has been cursed. She meets Eben while out of town at a funeral. Eben is from another fellowship in Indiana. They have an amazing time while together and then start writing letters back and forth after they return home. Eben encourages her to write more and to have her stories published.
I liked this story well enough. Although, I didn’t find it realistic that Joanna and Eben could get to know each other well enough over the course of their correspondence via letter. Although, I suppose this was how it was done for hundreds or thousands of years and still continues today via online dating and matchmaking sites and via telephone for many couples who date “long-distance” for whatever reason (school, work, or military commitments).
My favorite character was Eben. He was very easy to relate to and he had struggles that everyone can relate to with his sibling and the rest of his family and their choices regarding their farm. I tend to enjoy Amish fiction, because learning about a simpler, different way of life is very intriguing to me.
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