Series: Indiana Cousins #2
Author: Wanda E. Brunsetter
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Published Date: September 1st 2009
Page Count: 304
My Rating: ★ ★ ★
Kumme to Amish country, where the simple ways of life lead to hope and healing. Katie Miler is traumatized after her boyfriend is killed in a van in which she was also a passenger. How will she find her way out of the valley of her depression? Freeman Bontrager will make any excuse to be near to Katie, hoping to win her love. But how far will he go to gain her trust. . .and her heart? What will bring this girl out of the shadows of fear, and open her heart to life—and love?
"Breathe deeply..move through the anxiety..float with it.. get mad at it.. do whatever it takes."
It has been a year since Katie was in an accident that killed three people, an accident that she thinks she caused. With the guilt of this weighing on her heavily mixed in with the fear and sadness as well Katie isn't dealing with things well. She has developed anxiety over time and instead of dealing with has run from everything. Now her parents want her back at home instead of in Florida with her grandparents. This sends Katie into a tailspin of emotions for quite awhile until someone finally starts helping her in the way she needs it.
Overall I thought this book was okay. I can't remember if I've read the first book or not at this point as I have had this on my shelf for a very long time. I found it very interesting to see what the Amish might think of anxiety and how they deal with it. I think this is the first Amish book I have ever read where it was even mentioned let alone the main topic of the book. Brunsetter did a wonderful job of not only helping us connect to Katie, but to Freeman as well. There were some characters a.k.a Eunice that needed to take a chill pill and stop jumping to conclusions all the time. I know it was to create conflict, but it felt unnecessary the more she kept on. The ending while expected did make me a little sad, because of how Katie just gave up her wants to be with someone.
This is one of the better Amish fiction, and I love how easy I can read these.