By Beth Wiseman
Book DescriptionAn unplanned pregnancy. An absent father. Can love really endure all things?
Danielle Kent is anything but Amish. But as destiny would have it, she has fallen in love with an Amish man. Now she’s 18, pregnant, and hopeful that the child’s Amish father—Matthew Lapp—will do the right thing and marry her. She knows Matthew plans to leave his Colorado settlement for a life in the Englisch world. But that plan never included a baby. When Matthew walks away from her and their unborn child, she has nowhere to turn. Her unlikely friendship with Levi offers some comfort—yet they have so little in common. This wasn’t the plan she had for her life, and she has never felt so alone. She doesn’t want to be pregnant. Doesn’t want to be Amish. Doesn’t want to trust God.
And yet. God has plans beyond what her mind can imagine . . . loving plans to show a lost young woman that His love never fails but endures forever.
In the third book of the A Land of Canaan series, Danielle Kent is a teenager in love with Matthew Lapp, her Amish boyfriend. She has plans but find out that she is carrying his child. However, he has plans of his own. He wants to leave the Amish and live in the English world. He doesn’t want a wife or a child. And, when she tells him about the baby, he tells her that he never loved her.Danielle has no idea what to do. Matthew has broken her heart, her mother is not around and she is scared. But her childhood Amish friend, Levi, offers to marry her and raise the child as his own. Though none of these events were in anyone's plans, God works in mysterious ways through the situations and a beautiful love story develops. However this is not your typical Amish love story. The story is also about the interaction between the English and Amish worlds.
The characters are likeable and the plot is certainly believable given that more and more modern people and things are within the Amish world – just by virtue of curiosity. As you read the story you really feel for Danielle – she is only 18 but she has been through so much – abandonment, feeling unloved, no mother, Matthew not loving her, pregnant, feeling alone, etc. Levi seems to be a savior of sorts for her but God leads her to make the correct decision. I recommend this book to all readers – not just those who like Amish fiction. I would give it five out of five stars.
NOTE: I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my review. I was not required to post a positive review.