Monday, May 14, 2012

Book Review: Leah's Choice

Author: Emma Miller
Title: Leah's Choice
Publisher: Love Inspired
Publish Date: April 17, 2012
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: With dreams of marrying an Old Order Amish man, Leah Yoder plans on raising children in the peaceful Delaware community. But when Mennonite missionary Daniel Brown arrives to share his story with their church, Leah is fascinated by him. She spends time with Daniel in a forbidden courtship to learn how she truly feels about him. Before long, Leah has a choice to make. Should she stay with her community…or leave with the man she believes God has placed in her life's path?
Leah's Choice

Review: This is one of the books in Miller's series Hannah's Daughters. It is a little slow moving in comparison to the others. I kept wishing Leah would make her choice or at least admit to her feelings about the young Mennonite (Daniel).

I actually enjoyed the side story of Johanna and Wilber over Leah and Daniel. There was more intrigue there, and the outcome at the end of the book between these characters. Their story had more substance, domestic abuse and depression. In the case of Leah and Daniel it was really just making a choice about what religion to follow. It was easy to see from the beginning, before Daniel even enters the picture, that Leah is hardly likely to join the Amish church. She's twenty one and hadn't been baptized. That's pretty unusual for an Amish woman. Miller didn't even give her another choice. Daniel was the only man that showed her any interest. So in that respect, the outcome was pretty obvious. This is a romance novel, after all.

What I did like about the story was how accepting the family were toward her decision. That's not to say they were happy about it, but they also didn't cut Leah from their lives. I also liked the family ties between the sisters. There was definitely a lot of love here. The scenario was also a different one. It was hard to believe a tale of Amish fiction was going to end with the girl not becoming a member of the community.

Even though this was a slower read for a short book, it was veered off the usual path, so it was worth the effort.

Rating: 4 flowers


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