This is an enjoyable story about Elsie Keim, a young Amish woman who is slowly going blind. She yearns for her family to see her for more than her disability, as the capable, strong woman she is. With her twin sister engaged and her brother newly married, she wonders if she will ever find a love of her own. When she meets their new neighbor, Landon, he seems to be interested and she wonders if this could be the man she's been waiting for, but worries what he'll think if he knows the extent of her disability. She decides to keep it a secret, at least for a while. Landon is very interested, but when Elsie's brother shares her secret, he's not sure if she fits in with the plans he has for the future. Will Landon learn to love her no matter what, or are they better off apart?
I found the romance to be sweet, but I felt a little frustrated with both Landon and Elsie at times for how they would handle things. It also felt like one of Landon's decisions changed rather quickly for how momentous it was, like he didn't think it through. I liked the different perspectives the story was told from and I found the different story lines interesting even though I haven't read the first two books and it seemed like some were a continuation. I probably would have gotten a little more out of this story if I had read the first two, but it worked pretty well as a stand-alone. A little annoyance I had was sometimes a phrase or action didn't seem to make sense or was repeated. I liked all of the characters and felt like I could relate to Elsie's struggle with something that feels restrictive and admired her willingness to take risks even though she could get hurt. I plan to read the first two books because I really want to see what happened to the other characters and check out the other series she has.
I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.
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