“A Love Undone” by Cindy Woodsmall, book review
Jolene is preparing to marry her sweetheart, when her parents are tragically killed in a drowning accident. All her plans change drastically when she decides to keep her siblings together and raise them. At only 19, she is an adult and the oldest. But this is to much for her intended, so he leaves, and marries another in less than a year.
Jolene works hard and is very successful with the help of her Amish community and relatives. One by one the children grow up, get jobs and marry. She can see a light at the end of the long dark tunnel, but is there any one special for her?
Her uncle Lester asks for help feeding a crew including his nephew, Andy, who is bringing a herd of rescue horses to his farm for the summer. Andy is a horse trainer and is helping the state vet to rehabilitate these neglected horses. He needs help, and Lester is old and a little crippled, so he volunteers Jolene. Neither Andy nor Jolene like this situation, but out of loyalty and obligation to Lester and the Amish community, they work it out. And in the process, begin to fall in love.
But, Andy is not a free man, although Jolene does not know that, or she would have guarded her heart.
I enjoyed this book. It was well written, easy to read and interesting. I liked how the families worked together to care for each other and others in the community.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press. All opinions expressed are my own.
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WaterBrook Press (September 9, 2014)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written fifteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as one of the top three Amish fiction writers.
She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.
Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.
(Since that last line sounds sad and bare, I thought I’d add an “epilogue” of sorts. Our two oldest sons are married and live only a couple of miles from my empty nest, and below are my three adorable grandchildren! ♥)
ABOUT THE BOOK
A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone.
A young woman who sacrificed her dreams.
How will the God of grace and hope help them find their way?
At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.
Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife has abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene.
As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God’s guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?