In my own mind I saw a parallel in the title of the book and the main character Mary Katherine. Although it is autumn in the story I also saw Mary Katherine as in the “autumn of her life”. I liked that an older character was featured as the main “heroine” of the story. Even the cover pictures an older Amish woman rather than a young “spring chicken”. Mary Kay as she is sometimes called, is very outgoing and outspoken, not your usual Amish submissive woman. She is a widow of seven years with ten children.
Ezekiel, the main male character is a widower that owns and runs the local community restaurant. His wife has been gone for ten years. Both find their children butting into their lives and trying to tell them what to do. They both have some good years left and resent to a certain extent their bossy children. But they also try to realize that they do it out of love and concern.
This is a wonderful story about second chances, dreams for the future and a mystery that is puzzling right up to the end.
I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters and could relate to the older aged characters. We need more books of this type. There was another story by O’Henry that came to mind as I was reading about the dreams of Mary Kay and Ezekiel, The Gift of the Magi.
Sometimes what we think our future dreams are to be turn out totally different and right along with God’s best plans for us.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Fiction Guild but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.