Monday, May 28, 2012

Arms of Love

Book description:  The year is 1777. America is in turmoil. And Amish life is far different than today.

Pennsylvania in the late 18th century, once called William Penn’s Woods, was an assortment of different faiths living together for the first time in American history. Included in this tapestry was a small and struggling population called Amish.
Surrounding this peaceful people were unavoidable threats: both Patriots and the British were pillaging land and goods for the sake of the war, young Amishmen were leaving the faith to take up arms and defend freedom. A simple walk in the untamed forests could result in death, if not from bullet or arrow, then from an encounter with a wild animal.
Amid this time of tumult, Adam Wyse is fighting a personal battle. To possibly join the war efforts and leave his faith, which would mean walking away from the only woman he’s ever loved: Lena Yoder. But for that love he’s made a promise that may keep them apart permanently.

My review:  Set in the year 1777, this Amish story is different than most.  Kelly Long chose an unusual time period, but I think that helped make this a very interesting story.  It gave a different perspective and insight into the lives of the Amish.  I enjoyed the characters as well as the story-line.  The struggles the characters faced were believable and real.  The reader is able to enter into the lives of the characters and feel the pain as well as the joy.  Ms. Long wrote a "real-life" story with a surprise ending.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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