Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Path to Piney Meadows by Gail Sattler

The Path to Piney Meadows

About the book:

Will a new way of life solve problems or just create new ones?  

Fed up with life in a large city, Chad Allen quits his job on Christmas Eve and drives until he’s stranded in the remote Mennonite town of Piney Meadows. He accepts a job there on a whim, but the longer he stays, the more he likes these good people and their strong faith. Most of all, he grows fond of Anna, the girl next door, and the more he gets to know her, the more he falls in love with her.  

The only problem is that Anna is not happy in Piney Meadows. Even as Chad wants to settle in, Anna wants to move out. She longs to move to Minneapolis and find a new life. Reluctantly, Chad agrees to help Anna prepare for life in a large city, even as she’s helping him adjust to life in Piney Meadows.  

But when a personal crisis shakes Chad to his core, he’s not sure where to turn. He’d been let down by everyone he knew, even God. Now that the situation has reared its ugly head again, can his relationship with Anna survive? Or will he have to let her go, too?    

My review:

This is a cute story about a quirky city guy and a simple country girl.  It was interesting to see how this guy who's used to the big city adjusts to life in a very small town where everyone walks everywhere.  Add to that the whole town being Mennonite and he's constantly doing things at odds with this new culture.  I just discovered that the author herself is Mennonite so she knows what she's talking about!  It was fun to see what he would do next and how differently they viewed his actions.  There's a funny plot line involving baby chicks and I liked the uniqueness to the story.  I've read quite a few books by Gail and I don't remember them feeling a formal as this one, but it could be due to the characters' strict Mennonite faith and their way of speaking.  The romance was cute and I liked the focus on forgiveness and making a fresh start. Check it out if you like romance, especially Mennonite and Amish stories!

I received this book free from Abingdon Press in exchange for an honest review.
Gail Sattler is the author of numerous novels, novellas, gift books, cookbooks and devotions. She is a longstanding member of East Ridge Community Fellowship, a Mennonite Brethren church. She lives and writes in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. For more information about Gail, check out her websites at GailSattler.com and MennoniteRomanceNovel.com. 

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