“Rumspringa’s Hope” by Beth Shriver, book review
Emma has been working hard on her Amish family’s farm, especially helping in the milk barn. Her brother Mark, is getting more difficult with his attitude, and Emma is feels especially responsible to keep the peace. And when he wants to travel to Philly with the Rumspringa group, Emma is determined to go. But is Mark the only reason?
Several years ago, another youth from their community made the same trek to Philly and never returned. He stayed to keep track of his brother Abe, and now works at the Stock Pot, a shelter for Amish and English who need a safe place to stay and a warm meal. He shelters to Amish who come to check out the English life, and helps them return home. Before he life, Caleb and Emma had feelings for each other, but when he left, it seemed it was over for both of them.
Now with Emma in Philly, she tries to see it from his point of view. She learns about the English was of life, the good, bad and the ugly. But with Caleb, she feels safe and loved.
I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and explained how difficult it is for the Amish to understand the differences between the two cultures.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Realms. All opinions expressed are my own.