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A lovely story with beautiful characters! I enjoy Christian romance but rarely read books about Amish people. This story was a nice blend of sweet romance and the Amish culture. It concludes a trio of books, but you can read it without having read the previous books.
Rose Christner is afraid all the time. Her fears include many things, not the least of which are the dark, confrontation, and boys. Especially Josiah Yoder, who seems determined to be her friend in spite of the constant battle with her fears. Josiah has loved Rose for years, but he has kept things slow so she isn't scared away. The Christner honeybee farm has recently experienced vandalism, but Josiah, Rose's sisters, and their finances have been trying to keep it from Rose. When she finds out, she must build up her strength to confront her past and control her fears. With Josiah faithfully by her side, Rose goes on a spiritual journey of redemption and forgiveness.
I want to start off by saying that it took me a very long time to get past Rose's constant fear of everything. Damsels in distress are not usually a turn-off for me, but in this case, there was rarely a time when she was not in distress. I found myself groaning at the book and wishing Rose would hurry up and get a backbone. Josiah was what kept me reading, because he was just a delight! He was humble, generous, thoughtful, and basically a paragon of goodness not normally seen in romance novels. Or in life. While some may find him to be unrealistic (I felt this way at first), I fell in love with Josiah. He was a breath of fresh air. Makes me want to be Amish, if it weren't for the lack of cars and Big Bang Theory. I love horses and quiet, but don't make me give up my need for speed and my inner nerd.
Those who love Amish stories and Christian romance will love this book! I am so excited to have read it to the end, and I look forward to reading this author's previous and future books.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**