I enjoy books on the early settling of America. This one was about the earliest Amish settlers that came for religious freedom. The second group of Amish came in 1737 to a beginning settlement in Pennsylvania. The hardships were not stressed as much as in other books I’ve read but still they were hit upon. That is what fascinates me and makes me want to learn more. It’s hard to realize they came with practically nothing and had to rely on the land as well as each other. Strong, hardworking people were the ones that survived.
A strong faith point was emphasized in that beauty on the outside of a person is not nearly as important as the inside beauty, the heart and character. This comes from scripture as well. I Samuel 16: “for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
Jacob was a strong character as was Greta. Jacob came from Germany in the first group of settlers and in the process lost his wife and newborn son. He could not let his heart be hurt again so he maintained a stand-off position around potential single women. Greta was in the second group that came over and lost her father shortly after. She was alone and was placed to live with an older widow that had lost her husband. Jacob lived “next door” and they began a friendship. Misunderstandings lead to heartache especially when a young very attractive woman joins the group along with her grandparents.
I enjoyed getting to know these characters and the everyday things they had to do in order to survive the new found wilderness.
I won a copy of this novel from Goodreads but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.