Like Melinda, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for all of God's creatures. Had I been allowed to as a child, I'd have taken in every stray that came my way, too. As an adult, I've taken in many rescued pets and helped many animals in need. I grew up in a hunting family and although I didn't turn out to be a huntress, I don't have a problem with those who hunt for meat.
While I am not abreast on Missouri fish & game laws, I was quite surprised when the author had Melinda suggesting feeding deer and taking in an orphaned fawn. Where I'm from, feeding wildlife is illegal and can be considered baiting, carrying a hefty fine. It's also illegal to keep wildlife as pets. I might not agree with everything FWP does, but it's the law.
I found it interesting that, as a young mother, Faith vowed to always support her daughter's endeavors and not discourage her talents, etc. as her parents had done with her. She, of all people, should have known what it was like to be criticized and not encouraged by one's parents. However, that's exactly what she did to her own child.
Overall, the story was good. It was quite refreshing to read this book without one of the notorious Brunstetter tragedies, but I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. Unfortunately, it did. She couldn't make it through one book without throwing a rake in someone's spokes. Isaiah shooting Gabe wasn't necessary, but at least it was only one incident and not tragedy after tragedy as is her style.
I don't understand why Melinda would have to leave her faith to further her education. I kept thinking of the scripture that says "The glory of God is intelligence." So, I don't understand why the Amish would discourage education. Chief Plenty Coup of the Crow once said "Our most powerful weapon is education." I would have thought that Faith would have been especially proud of her daughter's efforts to get her GED, etc. I also don't understand why Melinda would have to quit the vet clinic when she was married. When she had children, yes, but most newlyweds could definitely use the extra money she might have made. As a former veterinary assistant myself, I still think Melinda should have become a certified assistant or technician. My mother used to say that your knowledge is something that can never be taken from you. It would have only given her the extra skills necessary to help her animal friends. I have a friend who never became a vet, but she worked with one for so long that he has no problems with her doing even simple surgeries and sells her the necessary supplies. I could see Melinda being like that.