Book Description: Travel to Plain City, Ohio, to witness the Mennonite and English culture clash. As Katy Yoder accepts a new job and struggles to define her place in the world, childhood friends and a past romance get in the way. Even when her friends try to help her change her judgmental attitude, Katy is certain that seeing things as black and white is the only way to please God. But as love softens her heart, slowly shades of gray seep into her world, and she discovers the right answer isn’t always the easiest one.
My Review: Megan and Katie are good friends, who though from different worlds, met at summer camp and made a pledge to keep in touch and always remain friends.
Katie is from the Mennonite community and Megan is English.
Katie's needs/wants her parent's permission to find another job. Katie cleans houses and cooks as her chosen profession since "conservative girls didn't leave home until they married, unless they attended bible college."
Katie speaks with her mom about her dream to move to the old doddy house with her friends. Katie wants to live with her Amish cousins and have her own life---something the girls have planned for years. Her mom wants her to marry. But her dad gives her a challenge....she must go on three dates with David Miller before she'll be allowed to leave.
Katie agrees. How hard will it be to just go out three times?
Then Jake Byler comes back...the wild boy who broke Katie's heart. Katie is mad, "It's all your fault Jake Byler. You've ruined me for everybody else."
This is one of those captivating reads that takes the reader back to slower times but where the heart still needs true love.
Katie, Magan, Jake and David make for a fantastic story!
This is a "different" kind of read ---- mixing the Mennonite, Amish and English together bring us a true to life read! Throughout the story, Katie keeps a journal of cleaning tips and recipes, hand cream remedies, other recipes, and spiritual insights. Her journal is shared at the end of the book. If you're a fan of Amish or Mennonite inspirational romances, don't miss this light, fun read! Great for summertime reading enjoyment!
*This read was provided for review by NetGalley and Barbour Publishing*
About the Author:
Dianne Christner lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Her Mennonite background brings authenticity to her new contemporary series about the plain people. Before this, she had several historical fictions published. Dianne is a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers of the West, and National Association of Professional Women. She invites you to visit her website and blog.