About the book:
Shelley Shepard Gray’s first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy.
Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family. Darla’s father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm’s lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger—with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.
Now her brother’s anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn’t change soon, Darla fears it will cost her—and her family—even more.
Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father’s lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he’s feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone—especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can’t simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.
As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla’s love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?
Unlike most of the author’s previous Amish fiction novels, this is a bit grittier which I found to be realistic given the premise of the story line. Emotions run high in Charm after an accident at the Kinsinger Lumber mill, which has effected so many lives in the community.
I found some of the character’s behavior to be plausible given the situation. That’s not to imply that I agreed with the actions some took.
The character that I liked the most was Darla Kurtz and my heart went out to her because I felt she didn’t deserve such harsh treatment. I liked Lukas Kinsinger for his courage and kindness.
The subplot in this book is very intriguing and I hope the relationship between Hannah and Rob will be explored in this series.
Ms. Gray delivers a powerful message of love, forgiveness and healing in this book. She’s created characters that I cared about, but then she always does!
This is not your typical Amish novel. It’s so much more.