This was a story close to my heart in several ways. The nursing aspect (my son is an RN), WWII (my father-in-law served in the military during that time), the cancer diagnosis (I was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago), the end of life Hospice care (I went through that with my mother) and the difference in beliefs within a family.
An unusual career choice for a woman brought up in the Amish faith, Leisel attends and graduates from nursing school. She feels God has called her into this profession. Not having joined the church yet she is not shunned but there is a strong resistance from her mother. She also meets Nick, who is already working as a nurse. They form a friendship and a bond as they work to achieve their dreams even though they are of different faiths and beliefs.
Leisel comes back home from the big city when she finds out that her sister has been diagnosed with cancer. As she begins helping her sister, her maiden aunt Suz begins telling her about her grandparents and their courtship and struggles. He was Amish and she was an army nurse. This was during WWII.
It was interesting to me reading this present day about Leisel and Nick and the past about the grandparents and how their struggles were similar in that their upbringings were so different. There is real community conflict when an Amish person turns to the English world. I shed a few tears and got choked up a time or two when reading of the struggles some of the characters faced.
My main takeaway was to pass on the stories of our families and their lives so that they live in the hearts of future generations.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the author but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.