About the book:
When love and family conflict, will she listen to her head . . . or her heart?
Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful--yet problems lurk beneath the placid façade. Hannah strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her father's worries, her mother's depression, and her sister's rebellious ways. But her world threatens to unravel.
When two young men seek her hand in marriage--one offering the home she craves and the other promising the adventure of following God's call west--Hannah must make a choice. Will she stay true to the faith of her family or defy her father and abandon her community?
This was an interesting story set during the years leading up to the Civil War. I liked Hannah and felt for her situation, where she had to deal with a depressed mother who blamed her for her siblings' deaths and also with a lazy sister who got away with everything, also as a result of their deaths. Her sister drove me crazy and I thought Hannah should have told her parents what her sister was doing. She was really messing with a dangerous situation and it would have been good if they'd known to keep a better eye on her. Hannah did her best to take care of her siblings and parents and be the perfect daughter. I found this story to be a little slow moving for my taste. There was some romance as she was torn between her Mennonite friend, Adam, and an Amish man she just met, but it felt like she couldn't make up her mind and would like one more, then the other. I really liked the parts that dealt with helping runaway slaves and Hannah's feeling that she couldn't help and stay true to her Amish faith while Adam felt he had to help because that's what God wanted him to do. There were some interesting discussions about that and also some about the differences in their faiths. The setting was beautifully described and almost felt like another character. If you like Amish or Mennonite stories, you'd probably like it.
I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.