It would be a pretty big life-changing decision to become Amish, wouldn’t you think? Along with giving up electricity, that would mean giving up computers, telephones, TV, movies, cell phones, and the list just keeps going. On the other hand, there is something so alluring about the idea of living a plain and simple life, one that is dedicated to family, hard work, and God. How could that be so bad?
The idea of becoming Amish is one of the storylines in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s new book, The Search. It’s part of the Lancaster County Secrets series. Suzanne has also written The Choice and The Waiting.
I knew I was in for a treat with The Search and chose a night where I wouldn’t mind staying up late to read since I know I can’t stop once I start. I wasn’t disappointed.
The story is told from the point of view of multiple characters. My favorites were Bess, a 15 year old, who gains spunk and spark as the story progresses… and Lainey O’Toole, a twenty-something searching for some answers and trying to resolve a difficult past. Their growing friendship throughout the book, as well as the way each character evolves and changes is absolutely inspiring to read (I was going to say watch because it seemed so real I felt like I could see them!).
The story is about redemption, love (but not overly sappy), family, friends, and following the path you’ve been set to walk. As I finished the novel and set it aside, I decided that for my next birthday I want to go on an Amish retreat. I’m certainly not going to convert to being Amish, but I would love to spend a week experiencing the plain living that goes on in a traditional Amish home. This book is sensational, I only wish it were about 3 times longer so I could have kept reading!
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