I have enjoyed Amish stories and romances for quite some time, and looked forward to reading and reviewing this one.
There are two areas I struggled with as I read this story of Sadie and her struggle between two men.
First - early in the book, I felt that the book portrayed the Amish life incorrectly. The Ordnung was portrayed as burdensome, the Bishop was seen as a punitive father figure rather than an adviser and counselor, and the shunning was viewed as a punishment instead of a method of calling someone back into fellowship. Sadie even worried about being "spied upon" by her friends and deliberately misled them. There was a sense that the Amish life was rule-driven rather than protected by the boundaries of simplicity. This is not the Amish life I know.
Second, while most Amish novels are conversation driven, this particular novel is action driven. This is particularly true in her relationship - the strong physical connection she feels is primary, and the love and respect only happens secondarily. One area that makes this particular novel different is that Sadie does not have any family with which to connect, and even though she is portrayed as having friends, we do not hear the conversations between Sadie and the friends who love and support her. As a result, you never feel totally connected to the reasons for Sadie's struggles.
Without giving away the storyline, I do want to mention that I found portions of the story sounded forced, and once again I longed for a deeper glimpse into Sadie's soul as she made certain choices, wishing that the story and conversation supported those choices. This disconnect made the story feel unrealistic at times.
On the positive side, the Gospel is clearly presented, and some of the aspects of Amish faith are seen in a different light later in the book, although the simplistic nature of the life are emphasized over the daily living that makes the simple life actually work.
If you are looking for a kind, gentle romance with Christian overtones, you will likely enjoy this book. However, I do not recommend it as your only glimpse into the Amish world, since it is most assuredly written from an Englisher point of view.