What would cause the Amish to move to Colorado, leaving family and friends behind?
Some Amish are making the trek to Colorado for cheaper land. Others are fleeing strict bishops with long memories.
For Emily Detweiler and her family, the move is more personal. Tragedy struck Emily in Ohio, shaking loose everything she believed was firm, including her faith. Her family took the bold step of leaving Ohio to resettle in a small Amish community in Canaan, Colorado, where they hope the distance will help erase the painful memories.
David Stoltzfus's family moved to Colorado for reasons he doesn't understand. But Canaan is turning out to be something other than the promised land they all anticipated. Fearing that a health condition will cut his life short, David plans to return home to Paradise, Pennsylvania, as soon as he can. But than he meets Emily, who stirs feeling in his heart despite his apprehension about the future.
Emily's growing love for David surprises her, but she fears that he will find out the truth about her past and reject her. But what if the truth is that they are made for each other? And that God longs to give them the desires of their hearts if only they will seek Him first?
Star Rating: *****
What a refreshing, compelling novel by Beth Wiseman. I haven’t read a book by her yet, but this one instantly captured my attention and pulled me into the story. Emily and David both have pasts that, they believe, have cut off any chance of them marrying. Bonding together with the understanding that they would just be friends, things get complicated when they start wishing for more than friendship.
The book opens with a very memorable first meeting for David and Emily. The story was fun and light and the book was wonderfully written – taking me right into the minds and hearts of the different characters. My heart went out to Katie Ann over her heart-ache of trying to love a man who had stopped loving her. How awful! Martha cracked me up – hard and blunt on the outside, but on the inside, David and Emily discovered a elderly woman just longing for love and accepted. Her ‘arrangement’ for the two was humorous as well – what a crafty lady! And the issue with her Elvis – now that was just plan funny. But, evidently, not to her! My thoughts mirrored Jacob’s sentiments exactly. lol
There are only two thing that I need point out for younger readers. One of the characters is raped in this book. The author handled the issue very well—I wasn’t ever uncomfortable of where the scene might be going and nothing explicit was described. The other part I need mention was between Katie Ann and her husband, Levi. There are a few scenes where she thinks of their first night together, and then also when he finally comes to her in the middle of the night, which he hadn’t done in years. Again, nothing explicit is said, except that it happened.
Seek Me with All Your Heart had such a wonderful message in it. Emily, David, Katie Ann, and Martha all had to learn to trust blindly in the Lord even when their life seemed to be falling apart. They all had to learn to continually seek the Lord with their whole heart. It’s a great reminder for everyone.
While I am not generally very crazy about Amish fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It makes me eager to read more by Beth Wiseman in the future – and I am certainly going to be looking forward to Beth’s next release in this series. I can’t wait to find out what happens to Katie Ann’s story. :-)
I reviewed this book for Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.