Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall
a love undone

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?
My Review   The little Amish community supported and admired Jolene for giving up her life and marriage and taking on the job of raising her family after both parents were killed in a buggy accident. But it wasn't easy, and she had to take on a cleaning job to help with the expenses, along with help from family and those in her community. After ten years, and most of her siblings grown, Jolene meets Andy Fisher and sparks begin to fly between them. Sparks both good and bad because they didn't get along with each other, get there was something there that both didn't want to admit at first. But then Andy was out of the marriage ring because his wife had left years ago, and the Amish rules are, once married, always married unless death parts a couple. Which I think is a pretty harsh rule, but then I am not Amish. I did feel sorry for both Jolene and Andy, because life just wasn't being fair to either of them.

Cindy Woodsmall does a really good job of pulling this story together, weaving all of the difficulties and problems and giving it a real nice ending. This is an awesome story, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Amish!

This book was given to me by Blogging for books and their blogging program. The opinions here are mine, and mine alone.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

About the author
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written fifteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as one of the top three Amish fiction writers.
She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.
Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.

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