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When Leora Ebersole sees the small plane crash in her Old Order Mennonite community, she has no idea it's a foreshadowing of things to come. Soon after the young pilot, Moses Hughes, regains consciousness, they realize his instruments were destroyed by the same power outage that killed the electricity at the community store, where Englischers are stranded with dead cell phones and cars that won't start. Moses offers a sobering theory, but no one can know how drastically life is about to change. With the only self-sustaining food supply in the region, the Pacifist community is forced to forge an alliance with the handful of stranded Englischers in an effort to protect not only the food but their very lives.
In the weeks that follow, Leora, Moses, and the community will be tested as never before, requiring them to make decisions they never thought possible. Whom will they help and whom will they turn away? When the community receives news of a new threat, everyone must decide how far they're willing to go to protect their beliefs and way of life.


Jolina Petersheim is the bestselling author of The Midwife and The Outcast, which Library Journal called "outstanding . . . fresh and inspirational" in a starred review and named one of the best books of 2013. Her writing has been featured in venues as varied as radio programs, nonfiction books, and numerous online and print publications such as Reader's Digest, Writer's Digest, and Today's Christian Woman. Jolina and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but now live on a solar-powered farm in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin with their young daughters. Follow Jolina and her blog at jolinapetersheim.com.

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The Alliance is book one in the The Alliance series written by Jolina Petersheim. This book introduces us to the members of the Mt. Hebron Old Order Mennonite Community.

Without any warning all electricity, automobiles, phones and modern technology ends. This is thought to be the result of electromagnetic pulse or EMP. When this happened the plane Moses Hughes is flying goes down in the field by Leora Ebersole's home. The men working in the mill run to help Moses out of the plane and lay him on Leora's table.

While the community are meeting to discuss what has happened, Moses wakes up and Leora takes him to the meeting where he explains what he believes has happened and what they can expect. Moses suspects life as they have lived has come to an end. He tells them that food will run out and their little community will be visited by lots of people.

When the EMP happened, there were several Englischers working at the mill. They are not able to leave due to their automobiles not working. The Mennonite community and the Englicshers strike an agreement. They will build a fence around the property, the Englischers will use their guns to protect the community and they will continue to live in the Mennonite community. The agreement is that they will only fire their guns if they are fired upon. The community agree that they will share a meal with those who come through their gates but they soon realize that either they did not figure how much food they had left, or someone is stealing the food.

Leora is a young lady keeping what is left of her family together. Her father walked out on the family a couple years earlier. Her mother died a year after her father left. Leora has a younger sister that suffers from a brain injury as well as a younger brother and her grandmother. Leora'a neighbor Jabil has feeling for her. Leora is starting to have feeling for Moses and Jabil does not like this.

This is a very interesting story. The story is told by Leora and Moses. It really made me step back and think, this could some day be our future and are we prepared. This book definitely is not what I expected, it is so much more. There is a lot of suspense within the story, so much so that the romance is not as prominent. It is not the normal Amish/Mennonite story, there is a lot of things happening that could distract the community from their faith. It is interesting to see how they manage to cling to their faith and principles while reaching out and helping others. I am glad to see that this is part of a series and can wait for the next book!

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network and Tyndale Publish for an honest review.

I have posted my reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book Club, DeeperShopping, GoodReads and on my blog 

     "The Alliance," by Jolina Petersheim is a gentle, easy reading story about a possible (electromagnetic pulse) EMP. Because the story takes place in an Old Order Mennonite community, the folks are not real certain why the few modern conveniences that they have are not working. Until the pilot that crash landed in their field explains his opinion of what happened.

     This book takes place in modern times, although I struggled with it there. I kept feeling like it was fifty years ago, due to the way the people lived. In the community of Mt. Hebron the people agree to work together to keep each family fed and safe. But, they don't quite know how to take the mass exodus of folks from the big city. Will they decide to protect themselves by taking up arms, or will they feed and take in every person that has needs? Is their faith stronger than their fear? And why is their food disappearing faster than they expected? Do they have a thief in their community?

     Petersheim has a gentle style of writing, easy to read, clean, with a love triangle amidst the hard times. She makes me feel like I was there with them. The suspense, the confusion, and the way the people worked together and obeyed their leadership were all very obvious. I will be looking forward to the next book in this series, "The Divide," coming out spring of 2017, which will not be soon enough for me!

     I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network and Tyndale Publish in exchange for my honest review. This review is posted at Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook, CBD and DeeperShopping.

What would you do if one day your computer, phone, TV and car stopped working? As you go outside to see what is going on, you hear a plane as it crashes onto your land. Do you start to think the end of the world is here? When the pilot of the plane approaches you, are you scared? These thoughts must have been going through Leora that fateful day. The Mennonites live in a quiet community with little luxuries, but they are being told that there is no electricity, cars are not working and there is no way to call for help. Towns everywhere are without power. The Nennonites are strong and they help each other out. They don't believe in violence. But that soon may change as Moses tells the community was has happened.

Everyone has just experienced an EMP which is an electromagnetic pulse. It is capable of taking out the power grid and ceasing all electric devices. Moses is trying to explain what is going on, but there is some doubt among the people. I think if I was in that community, I would start to blame Moses for everything. I loved Leora and her fierce determination to care for her family but she does have a problem with control. I sure know how trying to control everything can cause destruction and trust issues.

The town comes together to make a safe place for the families and is only allowing a few English people into their compound. The author really delivers on writing the raw emotions of desperate people as they try to survive. How do you turn away children who are starving? It was so emotional to read the struggles that people faced . I loved the struggle that had some doubting their faith. They had always been taught to never fight and always open their home to others. The story is gripping, full of action and I enjoyed how the author touched on trust issues. We all have a time where we start to doubt our faith and wondering if we can ever trust anyone. Will the Mennonites be able to protect themselves from outsiders trying to break their barricade? Can they trust each other or will they turn and fight amongst themselves?

The story is riveting and brings to light the impact an EMP would have on each of us. I can't imagine having to beg for food, look for shelter and keep my family safe. The author has written such a compelling story that I couldn't put it down. The ending is dramatic, powerful and an adrenaline rush. There is a moment in the book where the compound comes together to eat. I loved when the author wrote, "Sometimes it is necessary to celebrate life, despite being faced with defeat and death." It reminded me of the Last Supper Jesus had with His disciples. He knew what was coming, but He wanted that time with His disciples. We all need to be reminded that we are not guaranteed one day on this earth, but while we are here we need to make every moment count. Make sure you don't miss this gripping story and be sure to check out the discussions questions at the end of the book. The author has included an excerpt from the next book that you won't want to miss reading.. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this unforgettable story and know it will be just as explosive as this one was.

"We'll find protection in the shadow of his wings."

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
My review is also posted on Amazon, Deepershopping and CBD

Thanks, Fred, Cheri, Jolina, & Tyndale, for this book!
Here is my review:

The Alliance

“How come you came into my life at the moment our world fell apart?” Leora asks in Jolina Petersheim’s novel, The Alliance.

Complete review: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/the-alliance/

This review will be posted on The Book Club Network, DeeperShopping, and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Pinterest, Godinterest, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

What would happen if one day without warning everything that runs stops working?  How would you react? Would you help other or only yourself?  Author Jolina Petersheim answers these question in her fiction book about a Mennonite community who deals with these issues in a way  to align with their beliefs.

This book has the reader wondering how this community can work with the outsiders and what will happen in the second book. I recommend this book to all readers.

I was given a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.

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I find the possibility of an electromagnetic pulse intriguing so found The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim very interesting!  Mennonite Leora has to decide if she really believes in her Mennonite faith's pacifist stance when her family faces danger.  The crashed airplane pilot, Moses, has to face his struggles as well.  The first part of the book seemed a little slow but there was plenty of action later on.  The book was written in first person and I sometimes had trouble remembering who was talking if I had to stop reading in the middle of a chapter.  I look forward to reading the sequel!  I received my copy of The Alliance from www.bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.

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“Alliance” by Jolina Petersheim is a wonderful read!  It has a little romance and suspense added in.  It also had a twist that I never expected.

The story starts out with Leora Ebersole seeing a plane crash in her Mennonite community.  When the pilot, Moses Hughes, finally regains consciousness, the Mennonite village figure out that the same power outage that destroyed his instruments in the plane also killed the electricity at the community store.  Moses is trying to help the community, but they clash some on their ideas and his.  They are all trying to survive, and they must work together to achieve this. 

This was the first book I’ve read by Jolina Petersheim.  She is a very talented author.  I was hooked from the first page!  I definitely recommend this book.

I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.

I posted reviews on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christianbook, Deeper Shopping and Goodreads.

Title:  The Alliance

Author:  Jolina Petersheim

Pages:  384

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Tyndale

My rating is 5 stars.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Let me start by saying the sequel will be released spring of 2017 titled, The Divide.  When the area where Leora lives is interrupted by a plane crash, readers will see that is just the beginning!  What follows is tale of two vastly different cultures coming together in order to survive what is assumed to be an EMP attack that renders all electronic gadgets useless.  While this tends not to bother the Old Order Mennonite Community, it does disrupt the Englishers lifestyle greatly!

The pilot of the plane that crashed is sharing his ideas on how they can come together to share or pool their resources for survival.  No one knows for sure what has occurred or the lasting effects, but they know if they don’t do something, starvation will soon encroach up the community.  The elders quickly decide to form an alliance with the outsiders, leaving the protection detail to the Englishers and other chores to the Mennonites.

At first, I thought I wouldn’t enjoy this type of novel, but there is where I was wrong!  I found it a riveting and suspense-filled story along with two men vying for Leora’s attention.  Even Leora isn’t sure who her heart is drawn more toward and her beliefs might be shifting due to the total change to their way of life.

While this is a totally different genre for me, the author did a great job of weaving an engaging tale where the characters are the focus.  The Mennonites are challenged in their beliefs and lifestyle while the Englishers don’t want to step on toes of the Mennonites and are trying to point out the danger the community now faces.  The tension at times is palpable and kept me turning pages for hours until I finished.  So, if you at one time were like me and bypassed a book thinking you wouldn’t like it, perhaps now you will pick up the book and enjoy!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

*****5 stars

Uneasy Alliance...Survival Not Guaranteed!!

Jolina Petersheim presents an idea that is beginning to garner attention in her book, The Alliance. Could an electromagnetic shock wipe out all electricity and bring the world as we know it, to a halt? What sets Petersheim's book apart is that Englischers and Mennonites must combine forces in order to survive the coming depravity.

Filled with faith, doubt, loss, love, greed, and selflessness, I found this to be an engrossing story. What happened to Leora's father? to her sister? Which suitor will Leora choose? As Leora questions her theology versus her practical, pushed-to-the-edge attitudes and actions, I found myself soul-searching with her.

As I read the prelude for the sequel, I am just as anxious to find out how Petersheim gets her well-developed characters from point A to point B(hopefully where I want them to go).

Definitely worth the read. Petersheim's compelling prose thrusts the reader into a nightmare where survival is not guaranteed. You may be reevaluating the distance between black and white when you finish the story.

I gratefully received a copy of this book from the author and bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review. I have posted reviews on Amazon, B&N, Chapters, CBD, DeeperShopping, FamilyChristian, GoodReads, LibraryThing, and my blog, http://babblingbeckyl.simplesite.com/426157801/4168314/posting/the-..., with links to FB, Twitter, and Google +.


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