After learning the truth about who she really is, can this prodigal daughter be accepted back into the safety and security of home?
Annie Beiler seems to have it all—a loving family in a tight-knit Amish community and the affections of an attractive and respected young man. But when she learns that she was adopted after being found as an abandoned newborn, she sets out on a journey to find out who she is.
Her father is strongly against her decision to leave, as it could mean Meidung, or excommunication from the community and even her family. But Annie knows she must find “the path that has her heart.”
This is a book about vivid contrasts. It starts out simply, portraying the idealistic life of a young Amish woman. Her world is perfect, but even from the first page I sensed there was something missing in Annie. A lack of maturity, maybe, or appreciation for what she had. It annoyed me a bit, perplexed me more but was a cunning way for the author to sharpen what was to come -- a gentle foreshadowing of a life swept away in confusion by one simple truth.
Annie's journey could be any of ours - just substitute her search for what you most long for -- but when you get it what then? Does it fill that void that's been gnawing at you? Or does it bring about a change you didn't bargain for? And what about those you love? How does it affect them? Shriver explores all these ramifications with knowledge (she has a social work degree) and compassion and a depth of understanding that leads the reader on a journey she soon won't forget. I welcome this new voice in Amish fiction with open arms and look forward to the next book in the Touch of Grace series.