Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Love Undone ~ Cindy Woodsmall

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030773000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730008

A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone.
A young woman who sacrificed her dreams.
How will the God of grace and hope help them find their way?
At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.
Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife has abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene.
As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God's guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?

My take on this book:
I have been reading Cindy Woodsmall's work for years and I always find the characters and storyline to be fresh, filled with simple truths and conflicts that draw me into the characters lives allowing me to not only connect with them, but while I read the story, I honestly feel like I am seeing their lives thru their eyes. With A Love Undone Cindy Woodsmall  creates an emotionally charged story that I really hated to see end.  The characters in the story have been hurt by other people. Jolene Keim is someone who will do whatever it takes for her family, even if that means putting aside her own hopes and dreams. Andy Fisher's life is in limbo, and it was his story that honestly kept me riveted. I don't want to give anything away but I have been reading Amish stories for years and have never encountered his situation before. I found my heart aching for these characters, and that is what Cindy Woodsmall does so well, she allows me to become invested in the characters she creates, I feel like I become friends with them, wanting the best for them. Along with the main story there are a few secondary stories taking place that keeps the plot zipping right along so that the story never lags. Amish fiction fans are going to want to read A Love Undone, but anyone looking for an emotionally riveting story that provides a bit of humor along side more than a few plot twists will find that and so much more in A Love Undone.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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