When you come to a fork in the road, how do you decide where to go when your heart tells you to go left but your head says right? Barbara Cameron takes readers on a journey of new experiences, uncertainties, and faith in the first book, A Road Unknown, in the Amish Roads series.
Although set in a quaint Amish backdrop, we've all faced the same dilemma as Cameron's lead character who feels as if she is being pulled in two different directions.
Elizabeth is at a crossroad. She's been given the chance to experience life outside of her community, away from the responsibility to care for her eight younger siblings, but Elizabeth Bontrager can't decide which road to take. Goshen has its charms and pressures, but Paradise, Pennsylvania, sounds . . . well, like paradise. And it's also home to her Englisch friend, Paula. Decision made. Elizabeth is Paradise bound.
But will the small town live up to its name? When Elizabeth meets Paula's friend, Bruce, she quickly learns he wants more than a friendship. And the same might be true of Saul Miller, her new boss at the country story that sells Amish products to the Englisch community. As the two compete for her attention, Elizabeth is surprised to realize she misses her family and becomes even more uncertain about where she belongs. She has a choice to make: return home or embrace this new life and possibly a new love?
My Review: I love finding new Amish fiction authors to read. I had not heard of Barbara Cameron before so I was excited to read her new book.
To tell the truth I'm not that sure how I felt about A Road Unknown. The main character, Elisabeth comes across as a teeny bit cold so it was hard to warm up to her throughout the story. On the other hand Saul, the other main character, I warmed up to a bit more.
The writing was well done and what kept me reading was the storyline. It was a good storyline and from page one I wanted to know more. But the character that should have had the most depth had the least. We know that she's a bit dissapointed in herself but not much more.
I enjoyed Elizabeth's best friend and would have liked to know more about her story. Contrary to most Englishers in Amish story she was a very sweet girl who lived a nice down to earth life. I did like that Barbara did not feel the need to write her as a partying, slinky clothes wearing, rude girl as most Amish authors portray Englishers as.
Even with some of the things I found lacking in the story I still think if you enjoy Amish fiction you will find this title a nice read.
About the Author: Barbara Cameron is a best-selling author who has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the author of more than 38 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Barbara is a former newspaper reporter. Some of her non-fiction titles include the Everything Weddings on a Budget Book and Her Restless Heart: A Woman's Longing for Love and Acceptance. Cameron currently resides in Edgewater, Florida.
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