Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Love Undone

Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
September 2014
ISBN:  978-0307730008
Genre: Amish romance

A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone. A young woman who sacrificed her dreams. How will the God of grace and hope help them find their way?

At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.

Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife has abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene.

As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God's guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?

A  LOVE UNDONE is Ms. Woodsmall’s most recent book, a spin-off of one of her Christmas novellas about a woodcarver. Andy is a grass widower and above reproach in every way. Jolene tries not to act on her attraction, but being more outspoken than quiet she does take matters into her own hands with the result of things being made much worse.

A LOVE UNDONE starts very slow and it is a slow paced story. It doesn’t speed up much faster than a crawl which makes it easy to put down and skim-inducing at times. But I fell in love with Andy and Jolene. While I could guess at the ending I wanted to experience what happened between them and how. The ending was very sweet and romantic.

If you like Amish romance you won’t want to miss this book from a New York Times and CBA best-selling author. A book with plenty of provoking thoughts. Recommended.

4 stars. Available in ebook, paperback, hard cover, and audio book. 336 pages.

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