When a business offer turns into something more personal, Amelia is torn between what logic tells her is right, and the desire of her heart.
A widow with two small children, Amelia Beiler is struggling to make ends meet. She is running her late husband's business, but it's not what she was raised to do, which is run a home. When she gets an offer for the business from Eli Fischer, she's only too relieved to consider it - especially when it looks like Eli's interest might include more than just the shop. But when she begins to experience strange physical symptoms and is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it's difficult not to question God's will. If she pursues the treatment she believes in, she risks going under the bann. But how can she allow Eli to court her when she can't promise him a future?
Adina Senft grew up in a plain house church and was often asked if she was Amish. (The answer was no.) She holds an MFA in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she is part of the adjunct faculty. Between books, Adina enjoys playing the piano and Celtic harp, making historical costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.
Visit the author's website at http://www.adinasenft.com/
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Publish Date: 9/27/2011
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After Amelia's husband passed away, she could have turned to her family and church community for assistance and financial support. However, she was determined to run her late husband's business of making pallets to sell to local businesses. Many in the community thought it was improper for her to be running a business.
Her future finally starts to look promising when several interested parties offered to buy the family business. However, before she is able to make a decision, her health deteriorates drastically. She is told that she has MS, and the prognosis is very dim. In desperation, she goes to the church elders to see if they will help her with the exorbitant medical treatment costs. Their response breaks her heart, but not her determination.
One of the highlights of Amelia's life was spending one day a week quilting with her two best friends, and their relationship bonded them together in good times and bad times. I loved the description of the beautiful quilt they were making and the significance of the colors used, etc.
The Hidden Life and The Tempted Soul are book two and three in the Amish Quilt Trilogy and they will cover the stories of Amelia's two best friends. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be checking the rest of the books in this series as soon as they are available.
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher Hachette Books. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
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