About the Book
Although proud of living apart from the world, Marianna Sommer’s newly relocated Amish family is discovering that life in the remote mountains of Montana requires working together with the Englisch. As Marianna pours her life into helping those around her-and receiving their help-her heart further considers two directions. She’s torn between the Amish man from Indiana whom she has long planned on marrying and the friendly Englischer who models a close walk with God like she’s never seen before.
Who should have young Marianna’s heart? What is God asking of her through ongoing family struggles and this romantic and spiritual tension? The answer is found along the wooded paths.
Find out about book 1, Beside Still Waters, here: http://www.triciagoyer.com/
Along Wooded Path may appear to be a stereotypical Amish love triangle but it is much more. Tricia Goyer’s descriptive narrations keeps this book from being cliche and draws readers into the characters mind and hearts with introspective writing. Marianna’s journal entries, correspondence, and Aaron’s letters all contribute to the development of complex characters. Marianna’s journey of growth in her faith is quite beautiful as she comes to the realization that a God’s love is limitless and does not discriminate between Englisch and Amish.
A majority of the book is spent examining Marianna’s internal conflict of choosing between Englischer Ben and Amish Aaron. Her struggle is aptly described and I felt torn between the two as well. I would have liked more in depth looks into both of those relationships, but the ending hints that that is to come in the third book. It appears that there is a lot more to Aaron and Naomi’s relationship than what has been revealed to Marianna and I think that will be a pivotal point of conflict in the next instalment.
**review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity**