Loved the first book about Liza and this is a continuation about Ellie, her stepdaughter. But it can be read as a stand-alone, so don’t let that hold you back. Ellie works in Liza’s bakery with Liza’s niece Hannah, who happens to be Ellie’s best friend. Ellie left the Amish life twice during her rumspringa, but now is totally committed to her faith. As hard as she tries, she is still looked down upon by many in the community. Fears are that she’ll win people and hearts and then take off again. At least that’s what Joel’s mother thinks. Joel and Ellie take a “shine” to each other but nothing will sway Mrs. Wenger’s mind about her. She is still grieving over the daughter that left and married an Englisher.
This was a quick, enjoyable read for me and I loved the characters. Even though the time period was 1912, it was hardly noticeable because of the simple way the Amish live. My only problem with the book was that I gained 8 pounds while reading! The mention of all the bakery goods they made and sold made my mouth water. I found myself in my kitchen baking, and unfortunately eating the sweets and breads I made.
I’m looking forward to possible continuations of these characters in subsequent novels.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.