Although I am not an author, I feel it’s safe to say that an author faces many challenges when creating a story. They write a quality story whose plot and characters engage and entertain the reader. Yet, I often read reviews stating that although the book was enjoyable, the characters were not likable. Sadly, that last part doesn’t do much to encourage one to read the book. However, I can assure you that as you read The Amish Candymaker, you will not come away complaining about the characters. Instead, you will find that Agnes and Isaac are two of the most endearing characters you’ve come across in quite some time.
Agnes is quite a unique character. She doesn’t quite fit the mold of a typical Amish woman. She runs her own business. She’s quirky. She’s blunt. She speaks her mind in that if it pops into her head, it’s going to come out of her mouth. Zero filter. But, at the same time, she’s extremely caring and lovable. Then there’s Isaac who is also quite unique. Isaac doesn’t live in one place. He has a job that keeps him traveling all of the time. Because he’s never in one place very long, he’s not a member of a particular church. Instead he attends church wherever he is. So, when it comes to following the Ordnung and rules of the church, he pretty well marches to the beat of his own drum.
Together, Agnes and Isaac make quite the pair. Although these two are fun and endearing, they’re also two individuals full of pain, guilt and scars left behind by events they’ve each had to face in their lives. But through it all, these two are drawn to each other and begin to grow in love for one another. In doing so, they also begin to find their way back to God’s plan for their lives as they receive forgiveness and freedom from the weight of guilt they’ve been carrying for so long.
An engaging storyline, endearing characters, romance, twists and turns, laugh out lout moments (and there were many), as well a message of hope and forgiveness make The Amish Candymaker a fun, entertaining, hard to put down, definite must-read.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book. All expressed opinions are my own.