Saturday, July 16, 2011
One fateful decision...Two renewed hearts...
Ever since returning home from her rumschpringe pregnant and unwed, Becky Troyer has been a pariah in her Amish community. Even after she confesses her sin and rejoins the church, her peers continue to shun her. A distraught Becky wonders if she will ever marry for love.
Becky's world changes, however, when the handsome Jacob Miller arrives at her family's farm. The assumption is that he's there to help with chores during the summer, and then he'll return to Pennsylvania. But Jacob's father actually sent him away to introduce new blood into the Amish community of Seymour, as well as to distance him from his sweetheart, Susie.
As their friendship deepens, the two find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other. Can Jacob cheer up the lovely yet listless Becky by offering her the only unconditional friendship she's ever known? Or will he honor his pledge to Susie and turn his back on Becky, as others have done in the past?
I found a new favourite Amish author! I think this is her debut Amish story and there's a sneak preview of the next in the series which has me really excited. I'd been experiencing a bit of an Amish drought lately and was just so excited to get into one again.
Hilton reeled me in from the very first page and there was enough emotional tension to keep me turning pages until the very end. The developing friendship between Becky and Jacob defines the story and I loved how Hilton drew them together and then apart and back together again. And though she deals with serious topics that had me in raging hissy fits on more than one occasion during the read, she has peppered Patchwork Dreams with some surprising and delightful humour. A winning combination in my books.
Becky is in such a hard place and so unwilling to trust -- resigned to not having a life beyond the walls of her family's home. At times I wanted to shake her and tell her to smarten up because some of her views were so skewed. Thank goodness Jacob had an unending source of patience and his determination to help Becky, including his teasing flirtations were so much fun to read.
How their friendship blossomed into romance and the angst that embroiled them until the very end made for a fascinating and satisfying read. I'll definitely be watching out for A Harvest of Hearts when it comes out in September.