About the book: In Pontotoc, Mississippi, the Amish way means a chance to rebuild, renew, and rekindle a love from long ago . . .
Fifteen years. That’s how long it’s been since Hannah McLean set foot in the Amish community where she was raised. Through it all her heart has never forgotten Pontotoc–or Aaron Zook, her first love. Now widowed, and left with little more than her hurting teenager and her prayers, she returns home, even knowing she and her son may be turned away.
When Aaron learns Hannah has returned, he nearly falls to his knees. He’s a strong man, but lately the care of his three motherless children and family land have been more than he can handle. Now providence has delivered the first woman he loved, and with her, the rush of feelings they once shared. But will his simple, removed way of life leave Hannah longing for something more, or can they begin anew, finding a new way forward together?
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
My thoughts: Amish fiction from Amy Lillard isn’t your typical cookie-cutter story. If you’ve read her Wells Landing books you know the Amish in them seem a bit more progressive and even use tractors as a means of transportation. A Home for Hannah fits right in with Amy bringing something different to the genre. This story takes place in Mississippi in a very conservative Amish community. No tractor-riding Amish to be found here. This group doesn’t even have indoor plumbing. Amy Lillard brings us a story of going home, trying to fit in, and looking forward.
Hannah left the Amish fifteen years ago and circumstances have brought her and her son back. It’s hard for Hannah to come home but she has no other choice. She is greeted with a mix of emotions from her family. Some, like her mother and cousin Gracie, are accepting of her and her son, Brandon, right away. Others, like her father, are a bit more standoffish. I liked that Hannah wasn’t greeted with open arms by everyone. It seemed very realistic that some would be a bit more hesitant to welcome her home and be willing to forgive the past. There is tension between Hannah and her childhood friend/former boyfriend Aaron. These two have quite the past and as the story progresses and I learned more it was easy to understand why that tension existed and was interesting to see how the two characters dealt with it.
While I enjoyed this book and Hannah and Brandon’s story I thought there was something lacking. At times the story seemed to stall and the pace of the book seemed off at times. I almost felt like the author was holding back and not letting the story flow as freely as it wanted. I also found it a bit hard at times to connect with the characters. Except for Brandon who was probably my favorite character. He seemed genuine and was an innocent party to all that had happened in his life and was just really easy to like. I enjoyed watching the friendship form between Brandon and his cousin Joshua. I also liked Brandon’s curiosity about the Amish and how he tried to adjust to a completely different life than what he was familiar with.
All in all, this wasn’t a bad story and it fits the Amy Lillard brand of Amish fiction. I’m sure fans of Amy’s will enjoy the book as well as those looking for something other than the usual Amish fiction story. I am looking forward to the next book in the series to see what is happening in this Mississippi Amish community.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
About the author:
I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!
I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.
I believe that God is love. I guess that’s why I adore romances.
I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I’m a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that’s me June Cleaver with a laptop.
I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)
Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940’s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s.
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