Friday, May 9, 2014
Book Review~Rumspringa's Hope
Rumspringa's Hope is the first book in the Spirit of the Amish series by author Beth Shriver. The main character of the story is Emma, a young Amish woman who is past the age most women marry in her community. Her family would like her to marry their neighbor Zeb, a widower in his thirties. Practically, it makes sense to Emma, as she thinks she could be happy with him, and merging their family's two farms would be good for both families.
Emma still has feelings for Caleb, a former beau who left the Amish and is now helping young Amish who leave the community transition into 'Englisch' life. When he returns to their community for a visit, her old feelings for him are stirred up.
Mark is Emma's brother, who decides to leave and explore the Englisch life during his Rumspringa. Emma decides to go with him to watch over him, even though she knows Caleb will take care of him. Emma is drawn to Caleb's new way of life helping and evangelizing to the homeless.
Which world (and man) will Emma choose?
My Thoughts: Rumpspringa's Hope was a great story that I was very interested in. The topic of Rumspringa (the Amish teen running-around years) is fascinating, and I enjoyed it being a main topic of the story. Emma was a very easy character to connect with emotionally, and I felt the pull she was feeling of the two very different worlds. Rumpspringa's Hope kept my attention from the very start, and I read it quickly as I had a hard time putting it down! I look forward to the next book in the Spirit of the Amish series by Beth Shriver.
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*Disclosure: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.