Blessings born of tragedy...a love to heal all fears
Rushing to the scene of a tragic highway collision, nursing student Haley Donovan draws on her training to care for the passengers in the crumpled van. The experience wins her a place in Lancaster County’s tight-knit Amish society, and draws her to kindhearted psychologist Dylan Monroe. Working side by side with Dylan, who is bringing counseling services to the small town of Halfway, Haley feels an undeniable attraction between them, yet she senses that Dylan is holding back, scarred by the wounds of his past.
Elsie Lapp, the manager of Halfway’s country store, is a voice of cheer and goodwill for her customers. But Elsie’s serene world spins out of control with the terrible crash, and the young woman finds herself grappling for the simple faith that has always sustained her. Her burden is eased by Ruben Zook, a neighbor known for his snide jokes. In the aftermath of the accident, Ruben reveals a tender heart that could easily sweep her away. However, Elsie carries secrets that keep her from surrendering her heart.
Exploring the ways that faith, hope, and charity bring everyone together, A Simple Faith resonates with the sweetness, purity, and power of love.
An inspiring start to a new Amish series by an author who is rapidly rising in the ranks in the Amish genre. A Simple Faith is anything but simple in plot or characterization. Lauer explores the emotional impact of a horrific accident from the viewpoints of four main characters and in the process creates a captivating story of loss and hope and happy endings that are worth fighting for.
Elsie captivated me from the start. So upbeat and forthright with a steadfast faith. She's already overcome so much but is always finding ways to brighten everyone else's day. Watching her grapple with the dark days after the accident really resonated with me.
Lauer has created a fictional setting in order to explore some powerful truths. I loved the varied points of view and the way each character's personal journey connects them all together. A really rich read.
And bonus -- two romances for the price of one! Both Amish and English, both fraught with pain and missteps. The kind of romance that had me squirming in my seat and shredding nails until everything gets sorted out.
Kudos to the author for creating relatable characters who are atypical to the romance genre. Intrigued? You'll have to get a copy of A Simple Faith to figure out what I'm talking about. :-)
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