This was a dual timeline novel with connections on both ends. (Marie 2013 and Annie 1863) They both lived in the same town and the same house but were separated by 150 years. Annie was Marie's great great great aunt and Marie learned a lot not only about Annie but about herself from hearing Annie's story from her Aunt Suz.
I didn't warm up to Marie at the beginning. She was self righteous and always pointing out others sins without examining her own life. She was strict Amish through and through. She had her life planned out which included Elijah, an Amish man that hadn't settled down and joined the church. Her vision was to marry him, be a good wife while he farmed his parent's land. She just hadn't consulted God, one of her downfalls.
Annie was living through the Civil War and although Amish, she was called on to leave her home and family and help nurse wounded soldiers. A big step for her and very hard at the beginning. Interestingly they both had expected matches for marriage, and also close male friends from other religions. I loved reading about their thoughts and observing how slowly God was working on their hearts.
I enjoyed reading the history included. President Abraham Lincoln giving his Gettysburg address, the skirmishes between the North and South, and bits and pieces about the Underground Railroad. The family ties, the romances and the telling of everyday life all added to the beauty of the story. It will remain with me for a long time.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher but was not required to write a review. All opinions are my own.