In a struggling Amish settlement on the harsh Colorado plain, Abbie Weaver refuses to concede defeat to hail, drought, and coyotes, even as families begin to give up and return east. The biggest challenge of all is the lack of spiritual shepherd and regular worship. When Abbie discovers the root of a spiritual divide that runs through the settlement, she faces her own decisions about what she believes. She must choose between a quiet love in her cherished church, passion with a man determined to leave the church, or imagining her life with neither.
A different kind of pioneer story. It is 1914 but Colorado is still a wild, relatively unsettled part of the country. Land is cheap but not without challenges as a small group of Amish settlers soon discover. This whole story fascinated me on so many levels. The historical facts for one -- the author based the settlement on actual Amish endeavors in the area at the same time and she deals with a lot of 'big' questions. The conflict that stems from those concerns -- both personal and as a group -- compelled me to keep reading.
No worries if you are not an Amish fiction fan. This isn't 'that' book. If you like pioneer stories with a good does of grit, you'll like this novel. It's about living a dream -- willing a dream actually and what you do when that dream starts crumbling right before your eyes. Do you let it go or hang on for all you are worth? And at what cost? Not just to you, but to those you love.
Told through multiple viewpoints Wonderful Lonesome is a sombre tale that will haunt you long after you close the book.
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