Monday, October 10, 2011

Along Wooded Paths

About Along Wooded Paths:

All she wanted was a simple Amish life . . . But now Marianna Sommer finds herself depending on Englisch neighbors. Although proud of living apart from the world, she and her newly relocated Amish family have discovered that life in the remote mountains of Montana requires working together.
As Marianna begins helping those different from herself—and receiving their help—her heart contemplates two directions. She’s torn between the Amish man from Indiana whom she has long planned on marrying and the friendly Englischer who models a closer walk with God than she’s ever seen before.
Who should have young Marianna’s heart? What is God asking her to sacrifice? Her traditions? Her community? The answer is found along the wooded paths.
Find out about book 1, Beside Still Waters, here:

My Review:

 Along Wooded Paths was the second book in the Big Sky Series and is probably best to be read after reading book 1 although I do think you’d still enjoy it as a stand-alone, just maybe not as much.

Marianna is now in Montana and her relationship with God continues to thrive and so does her situation with her family. Things begin to come together for Marianna and I’m excited to read what God is doing in her life. Her boyfriend Aaron from Indiana shows up in Montana and due to an accident ends up spending 6 weeks staying in her home with her family. This becomes hard on Marianna as she struggles to renew her relationship with Aaron yet remain faithful to what she has learned about God from Ben and the other English people of the town.

When I finished reading Along Wooded Paths, I had to just say back and take a deep breath!! Wow!! The ending leaves you guessing as things to come and yet satisfied with all that has happened so far. There were a lot of changes in Marianna’s life and that caused some interesting events to take place in the book.

I really enjoyed getting to know the people of this small town in Montana that has both Amish and English there. You could tell that God was the center of this town and the heart of these people in the way there were always there for one another.

I especially enjoyed getting to know Ben. Ben is an English young man who has become a friend to many of the Amish and helps driving them around along with other tasks, he is also a talented singer and Marianna is mesmerized by his singing the one time she hears him sing.

Again I loved that Tricia Goyer explained why the Amish believe what they believed and I felt like I grew more connected to their lives and the story of Marianna and her family.

My only complaint of this book is the romance or lack of romance. There was so much going on Marianna and she really had a hard time in deciding who to love, Ben or Aaron and at times I just found that to be frustrating. There was so many great qualities of both men that it was hard for me to even choose who I liked and all I wanted was her to make a decision and move forward with a relationship. However, the tension and frustration is what made this book believable to me and therefore I think it was necessary for the story to flow as well as it did.
I will anxiously be awaiting book three to see what happens in Marianna’s life. I highly recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction and Christian romance. You will not be disappointed.

Disclosure: I was graciously provided a free copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All opinions are my own.

About Tricia Goyer:

Tricia Goyer is the author of thirty books includingSongbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock , Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.
For more about Tricia and her other books


Come to a Facebook Party and Live Author Chat! 
Tricia is celebrating the release of Along Wooded Paths with a Fabulous Facebook party on October 18th. She'll be giving away prizes and a sneak peak at the next book in the Big Sky series.
Then during the second half of the party she'll be hosting a LIVE AUTHOR CHAT on her website and announcing something BIG! CLICK the button (below) to RSVP for the party - then go here to sign up for the Live Author Chat.

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