Welcome to Willow Ridge, Missouri. In this cozy Amish town along the banks of the river, the old ways are celebrated at the Sweet Seasons Bakery Café, and love is a gift God gives with grace.
Summer has come to Willow Ridge, and Rachel Lantz is looking forward to a whole new season in her life as well - marriage to strapping carpenter Micah Brenneman, her childhood sweetheart. But when a strange Englisher arrives in the café claiming to be the long-lost sister of Rachel and her twin Rhoda, Rachel feels the sturdy foundation of her future crumbling - including Micah's steadfast love. As the days heat up and tempers flare, Rachel and Micah will learn that even when God's plan isn't clear, it will always lead them back to each other.
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SUCH ATTRACTIVE LIFE VALUES
The several and increasing Amish stories to which I have listened have been mini heart restoration vacations. Their values touch what I really want in my life: steadfastness, trust, patience, belief in things working out "highest and best for all" -as my cousin says, love, compassion for self and others, including speaking up for both, purposeful activity which helps
others and uses one's talents or abilities; and I love hearing stories incorporating these.
The author's idea of life - at least in these stories - is that painful and sharply challenging events may befall, but that there is much more of family love, connection and mutual caring and help than those bumps. This is reassuring to me.
This story is about a prosperous MissourianAmish community with associations in a nearby Mennonite group; in particular, featuring what's left of the Lantz family: the widowed still youngish mother, Miriam, two twin daughters, Rachel and Rhoda, now grown, who worked to be contributing and self supporting when the husband and father died young of an accident, by buying a building and making a bakery, and quilt shop,now both thriving with regular "English" and local customers. The descriptions of the food make you cozy, and a little envious.
One day, however, a shock occurs that opens up a secret that has ramifications; and the question is,will they handle it for better, or for worse? Actually, both happens, as is not unusual in life but I guess the answer is, which attitude will prevail? A young woman walks into the bakery, though thoroughly Goth in dress, and difficult to decipher exactly, looking eerily, tantalizingly familiar. Michah, Rachel's beloved and soon to be betrothed is the one who senses the tangibility of the mystery, rather than going into disabling shock, and actually to the dismay of others, and possibly his detriment, follows up on it. She, after all, is an "Englisher."
His breaking open this secret catalyzes many changes in relationships, hearts, and fortunes.
But for those who really are compassionate, and take their spiritual values as senior over
literal dogma, the story is a lesson in love and compassion and letting go when necessary,
finding a way.
I thank Audible for these "First In a Series Sales;" they always work for me!
PS The narrator was better than just good. The Amish cadence was in evidence, but not
- Lanna S. Seuret "Artist & Journeyman Composter"