“Clara’s Wish” by Beth Shriver, book review
An Amish Christmas Romance Novel.
Lizzy is so concerned about her best friend, Clara, who is ill and just not getting better. She boldly writes to Clara’s brother Zack, who left the Amish community years ago. Zack comes home and takes over Clara’s care, which includes taking her to the hospital. After tests it is determined that Clara has cancer and needs immediate treatment. Zack and Lizzy are determined to be by her side. And they do, until a snow storm makes it impossible for them to get to the hospital. They are forced to spend a couple of days at an old cabin where their families had spent summer vacations. During those snowy days Lizzy and Zack renewed their friendship and were able to help each other heal from past hurts.
But Zack left the Amish because of the harsh treatment he received from his father, the bishop. He is hesitant to return, but wants to care for his sister, Clara. As the days continue, the community acknowledges the Bishop’s mental illness and begin to make accommodations for the church leadership.
And the budding romance between Lizzy and Zack is allowed to grow, although it seems unlikely.
This is a nice book, easy to read and enjoyable, especially at Christmas time, as the book is set at Christmas time. I hope that the author continues the series, as I would enjoy to hear more about these characters.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.