Synopses & Reviews
In this close-knit Amish family, nothing is as perfect as it seems . . .
When Viola Keim starts working at a nearby Mennonite retirement home, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with resident Atle, whose only living relative, son Edward, is living as a missionary in Nicaragua. Viola understands the importance of mission work, but she can't imagine leaving her father in the hands of strangers. Even though her family is New Order Amish, it's not the Amish way, and though she doesn't know Ed, she judges him for abandoning his father.
But when Ed surprises his father with a visit, Viola and Ed both discover an attraction they never expected. Despite her feelings, choosing Ed would mean moving to a far-off country and leaving her family behind. She can't do that. Her twin sister, Elsie, is going blind and will need someone to care for her all her life. Her family is reeling with the recent discovery that her grandmother hid her past as an Englischer. Her father seems forgetful and distracted—and to be harboring some secrets of his own.
Does Viola dare leave them all behind and forge her own life? Or will family ties mean her one chance at love slips away?
“...a whirlwind of emotions...” Destination Amish blog
Lovable characters and a good story, full of romance and suspense...a must read. Library Journal for THE SEARCH
“Will appeal to fans of Amish inspirational fiction.” Library Journal
“Shelley Shepard Gray writes with honesty, tenderness and depth. Her characters are admirable, richly-layered and impossible to forget long after the story is done.” Jillian Hart
“An Amish community backdrop adds homespun sweetness, with a focus on simplicity and family thats never heavy-handed...new readers will have no trouble starting the series here.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“a pleasant read...will appeal to Grays many fans.” Library Journal
“...stirs readers hearts with an inspiring story of captivating characters.” author Sherry Gore
About the Author
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.