Book description: "In the third book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series, award-winning author Tricia Goyer introduces a surprising new resident to West Kootenai as a young woman escapes from her stifling conservative Amish community to find a new life. Rebecca is an Amish woman whose pained past compels her to leave everything to become a nurse—abandoning her family and community. Caleb is an Amish man who is counting down the days until hunting season. At a crossroads in his own life, the excitement of hunting game is all he looks forward to. All the while he wonders what to do with the rest of his life. Even though he likes the Amish lifestyle, what good is an Amish man without faith in God?
An unexpected meeting pushes them together, and they embark with friends on a two-week-long wilderness wagon journey. Hardship tears down the flimsy walls of protection they've placed around their hearts, and as their friendship grows they open up to each other and eventually reveal their deepest secrets. While on the outside they appear to be traditional Amish people, inside they both know they are anything but that. Will their secrets pull them together or draw them apart? And will their faith in God grow? There is a bridge to cross at the end of the journey. Will true love take them across?"
My review: Unusual Amish stories no longer surprise me. It seems that the typical Amish stories are a thing of the past. This one certainly does not fall into the typical category. Not only does Rebecca not fit the mold, the Amish in Montana don't fit the mold either. I still enjoyed the story and appreciated that the author is sensitive to the Amish way of life but still shows that many Amish have found that the way to God is through Jesus. I loved the analogy of the bridge and finding our way to God. I loved that the author, Tricia Goyer, included the plan of salvation very clearly. Tricia Goyer has always been an author that I have enjoyed. This book was no exception. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.