By Olivia Newport
About This Book
Escape the helter-skelter of the modern culture and join software creator Annie Friesen, hiding at the home of an Amishman. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with him, the more attracted she becomes. When Annie finds she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known?
This is book One in the Valley of Choice Series. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. It is not the typical Amish fiction book so I was a little disappointed. The main character is not Amish and the story is actually two parallel stores woven into one novel. There is the modern story about Annie and there is the one about her ancestors. Annie flees her former boyfriend because she no longer trusts him - he steals from her. She hides in a barn and meets the Beiler family. Within the book the story of the Beyeler family is told as they came to America in the 1700s. At the end of the book we find they are actually the author's relatives. Annie meets Rufus Beiler and begins to fall in love.
I really didn't get into the characters as I have in other Amish novels - there is not much depth and the two-fold story doesn't interest me either. I may read the follow-up books in the series to see what happens, but if I don't read them I won't feel as if I missed anything either.
NOTE - I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for free in exchange for an honest review.