ABOUT THE BOOK (400 pages):
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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What if all the computers in the world stopped working at the same time? What kind of pandemonium would that cause?
When a small plane crashed into a field in the middle of an Old Order Mennonite community in Montana due to computer failure, life drastically changed for both that community and for the Englishers in the area. Cars failed to run, computers would not start, cell phones did not work, and money became useless as essential supplies ran out. People had to come to grips that they needed each other – no matter who they were and what values brought them together or drove them apart.
This “hard to put down” novel is wonderfully written with well-developed characters, is filled with mystery and intrigue, and contains the element of romance. It’s a story that will make every reader think about the possibility of such a catastrophe in this life time.
I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review that is also posted on Goodreads and Barnes and Noble websites.
The Alliance is an engaging, thought-provoking novel! Jolina Petersheim deftly portrays her characters and their emotions, beckoning readers into the harsh new reality of their world. Dramatic and suspenseful, I loved experiencing the reactions of this Old Order Mennonite community and look forward to continuing their story!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own. My review has been submitted to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook, and Goodreads.
I don't spend a lot of time reading Amish or Mennonite fiction—it just isn't my preference—so I guess it isn't surprising that this is my first read authored by Jolina Petersheim. As is often the case for me, the cover is a major drawing factor, perhaps more so this time around because I wouldn't ordinarily pick up a book with a black buggy on the cover. Kudos have to go to the designer: the elements are juxtaposed in such a way that I had to ask how a buggy, an airplane, and a clothesline could possibly go together, and the mysterious haze blanketing everything else necessitated my reading the back of the book. Once the plot synopsis of this novel piqued my interest, the first page became automatic and the story was nearly impossible to put down!
There are a lot of things to enjoy here: an intriguing plot, realistic characters, mounting tension and suspense, and a culture clash that leaves the reader unsettled at even the calmer moments in the story. Several times I found myself wondering how something the author had set up could possibly work, and every time, not only did it work, it pulled me even further into the unlikely world Petersheim creates for the reader. How can a pacifist community protect itself from a society that will not hesitate to steal and kill to promote its own survival? Will the Mennonites and Englishers be able to get along and help each other, or will they tear apart their new world from the inside?
Petersheim sets her novel in a faith community and allows that faith to be repeatedly tested, sometimes with success, and other times the characters fail. They are not perfect, which makes them both more realistic and more endearing. I wondered how I would handle the various situations and compared my reactions to theirs, questioning my faith and even humanity. None of us can know for sure how we would respond and I appreciate that this book allows me to explore the landscape of my own mind and heart while viewing things from the safety of fiction.
This book is at once outstanding and terrifying, made more so by the frighteningly plausible scenario the reader is immersed in from the opening page. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone—yes, anyone who reads and has the maturity to handle apocalyptic fiction. It has elements of romance, action, suspense, and mystery, with characters to root for and questions that need to be answered. My only word of caution would be to wait until the next book comes out if you are a reader who can't stand a cliffhanger because this novel leaves us waiting impatiently for the conclusion in the upcoming release, The Divide.
I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org), but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
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It is still pending at Amazon, CBD and Deeper Shopping.
Thanks for a great book, and your patience as I catch up from before-Christmas backlog!
The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim is the first in this apocalyptic series set in an Old Order Mennonite community in Montana which is continued with the novel, The Divide. From the first page in which a small plane crashes in their Mennonite community, and everyone tries to rescue and aid the injured pilot, the reader is pulled into this world. A world changed by a warhead that sets off a huge electromagnetic pulse that wipes out the power grid.
The pilot, Moses Hughes, is the first to recognize this possibility. His background as a soldier equips him to foresee that this community is going to be under siege by desperate people who will fight to save themselves and their families. The community’s resources will be a chief draw for those who lack what these Mennonites have. He also is one of the few who will use force against them to protect this community who do not believe in violence. He has faced the enemy before and will not hesitate to protect and defend.
Young Leora Ebersole has had to manage and provide for her family from the day that her father abandoned them. Soon after her mother’s death, she assumes family leadership, caring for her grandma, her younger brother and sister. Her neighbor, Jabil, would have gladly married her and assumed responsibility for all of them, but strong, self-reliant Leora refuses his offer. Nothing has prepared her (or any of the community) for the challenge ahead.
This is a wonderful story, exploring the unimaginable collapse of the civilized, technologically- dependent world. A very plausible plot, beautifully written. I recommend this book that I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to reading the continuing, compelling story of this pacifist community that forms an alliance with a small number of stranded Englischers to protect their resources and their lives. (posted on Amazon, Good Reads, Christian Books, Deeper Shopping, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million)
I do enjoy reading Amish/Mennonite fiction and this was one on what could happen if an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) shuts down all electricity and focuses on a Mennonite community. I found it interesting and there was a lot going on through the whole book. I liked how each main character’s thoughts were under their name so you knew who was being focused on. I really liked it and if you like apocalyptic and Amish/Mennonite fiction… you should like this one!
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