After Andrea Wilson receives the devastating news that her husband has been lost at sea, she returns home to Iowa with her young son, Lukas. But what she finds there causes more heartache: The family farm has burned and her father has died, leaving Andrea with nothing.
Andrea must rely on the kindness of the people from the nearby Amana village who invite her to stay with them for a time. She discovers much generosity and contentment among the Amanans--especially from the tinsmith, Dirk Knefler, who takes her son under his wing. But is the simple, cloistered life in Amana what Andrea wants for Lukas's future? Is she willing to give up the comforts and freedom of the outside world? And when yet another round of shocking news comes her way, will Andrea ever be able to find the serenity and hope that have eluded her for so long?
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Andrea Wilson is anxious to return to her father's home after receiving news of the death of her husband at sea. She can now ask her father's forgiveness for marrying without his blessings or permission. Andrea and her son Lukas's lives have been nothing short of starvation. poverty and abuse at the hands of her husband. Now she can give her son a better life living with her father in Iowa. But when she arrives at her father's farm her hopes for a better life seem out of her reach.
She is offered help by the elders of a local village of Amanans. She finds herself at their mercy. They give her and Lucas much more than food and shelter, they find peace and an abundance of love.
Lucas finds a mentor in Dirk Knefler as he learns the values and ways of the Amanans. This is does not go unnoticed by Andrea as she finds many good qualities in this kind man.
The village receives a surprise visitor that could end any hope or happiness for Andrea and Lukas's future in Amana.
I found this story heart wrenching. This woman felt that for lack of better judgement in men she had caused her and her son to suffer. Women did not have many if any rights back in the day. The life offered to her in Amana was God send bringing them into the fold of his loving and faithful people of Amana. I love the character of Dirk with his patience and tender love for the boy and his mother. Also Dirk's trust in God's plan for his life.
The author has captured me with this series. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
I rated this book a 5 out of 5.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Baker Publishers/Bethany House for an honest review.