About the book:
An Old Order Mennonite couple’s vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray.
Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area where large families are valued, and the opportunity to do so arises when her childhood friend, Brooke Spalding, resurfaces with the wild idea of rebuilding a ghost town into a resort community.
Brooke hires Anthony to help with the construction, drawing the Hirschlers away from Indiana and into her plan, and then finds herself diagnosed with cancer. Moral complications with Brooke’s vision for a casino as part of the resort and the discovery of a runaway teenager hiding on the property open up a world neither the Hirschlers nor Brooke had considered before.
Will they be able to overcome their challenges and differences to help the ones among them hurting the most?
I quickly became caught up in the story of Marty and Anthony Hirschler. Their story is an emotional one and had me reading for hours before I took a break. At times I felt sorry for Marty when its clear she desperately wants a child of her own which can never become a reality based on confirmation from a doctor, but then there were times I became frustrated with her and thought she needed to face reality. It was sad but rang true that this would cause distance between the couple.
I loved that Brooke Spalding (Marty’s childhood friend) offered the couple an opportunity to move from Indiana to Kansas with the prospect of a job for Anthony. The storyline soon became more interesting as life changing decisions are made.
The author tackles some very tough topics in, Ours For A Season such as miscarriage, homelessness, and a very serious illness and she does so in a respectful and touching manner. There is a lot going on in this book but it is so worth the read. The secondary characters are every bit as strong and important to the storyline.
I loved seeing the changes in the characters lives and that there was no rush in getting them where they needed to be.
I received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley and was under no obligation to write a review. All opinions are my own.