Book Description: Musical prodigy Levi Shetler hasn’t touched a piano since he secretly played one years ago. His strict Amish community forbids instruments or the singing of any music not in their approved songbook. Levi asks God often why music tempts him when playing an instrument isn’t allowed in his world.
One person knows Levi’s talents: Mary Hershberger, the girl who promised years ago to keep his secret. Mary comes from a more liberal district than Levi, but she’s facing family troubles of her own. The mutual care for an aging Englischer, Adeline, reunites Mary and Levi as young adults. They realize that, despite their differences, they have a shared love of music—and a shared confusion about whether their talents are God-given gifts or temptations luring them into the Englisch world.
My Thoughts: This is the first book in the Amish Journey novels so that means there are more to come. But first one must read the love story of Levi and Mary.
Levi Shelter has an incredible ability to play the piano but he belongs to a very conservative Amish group who don't believe in singing or playing music outside their approved songbook. Well, this limits Levi considerably and he often asks God why he was given such gift if he isn't allowed to play. *Personally I always wonder why people "blame" God and don't see that people are controlling them and not God.
IT seems that Mary Hershberger is the only one who knows of Levi's gift and his struggle.
But then Levi and Mary are reunited when they are caring for a mutual friend.
And since they both love music, they begin to share their concerns and gifts.
A different subject than most Amish stories...the gift of music and how it should or shouldn't be used. Questions and, yet, no question.
A wonderful Amish story of gifts and abilities, love and romance.
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