Saturday, July 21, 2012

Missing Your Smile

Author: Jerry Eicher
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
February 2012
ISBN: 978-0736939430
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Susan Hostetler leaves the Amish and flees to New Jersey when she catches her boyfriend, Thomas Stoll, kissing her best friend Eunice. Susan is uncomfortable in her new fancy world, and still using kerosene lanterns, fearful of even turning on the electricity. She lands a job in a bakery, and helps sells roast beef sandwiches during festivals. Still, she isn’t quite sure what she’s doing there, at least until handsome Duane Moran, a CPA, pays some attention to her.

Thomas Stoll is confused. He loves Susan, and doesn’t quite understand why she doesn’t understand that. Sure, he kissed Eunice, but why should that mean the relationship is over? He doesn’t know how to make it up to Susan, so he turns around and asks Eunice out again.

Susan is adjusting to her new life, but then she meets a young unwed expectant mother who wants Susan to help her get her unborn baby adopted by an Amish family. As Susan tries to help the young woman, she’s drawn back to her Amish roots—but will her heart allow her to return to the life she left behind?

MISSING YOUR SMILE is the first book in Mr. Eicher’s newest series Fields of Home. Readers will be drawn into Susan’s life, experiencing first hand what an Amish teen would go through as they adjust to life among the English. Mr. Eicher has Amish roots so he writes with firsthand knowledge.

MISSING YOUR SMILE is a quiet, gentle read, that will leave you caring for Susan and even Thomas, though you want to sit the boy down and have a talk with him. Fans of Amish fiction won’t want to miss MISSING YOUR SMILE. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $11.99. 286 pages.

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