An Amish of Birch Creek novel #2
By Kathleen Fuller
Joanna Schrock's life is changed in an instant. Her parents are gone. She's scarred. And it's her fault - she knows it. If she hadn't been arguing with her parents about Andrew and her desire to marry their buggy might have somehow avoided the car that hit them.
She is empty inside. She is plagued by by her guilt and her dreams. Will she ever find the joy she used to have? Or did it die when her body was broken?
When Andrew finally asks Joanna to be his wife, she agrees because she's always loved him. But she secretly fears he is only asking her out of pity. How can he love her when she is no longer the person she use to be? She can't handle the tasks she use to perform and she has ruined her sister Abigail's life through her injuries.
Meanwhile Cameron Crawford is living with his own pain and his fear. He did the unthinkable and now has to live with the guilt and the regrets.
Until these hurting people can finding healing they will never be whole. But how do you heal when your heart has been broken? Sometimes it means stepping away from your dreams, while other times it is embracing them only on God's time and not our own.
Is Joanna suppose to give up her dreams of Andrew? She must figure this out and soon before she makes a mistake that she can't walk away from.
I was provided a copy of this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book:
One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain—after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?
After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, she re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same—not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.
Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve, and her feelings have not changed throughout the years. She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it’s love he’s feeling, or pity. As the couple’s wedding date approaches, Joanna isn’t overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to find; instead, she’s wracked with anxiety and guilt.
Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she’s afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father.
If Joanna takes the first step toward healing, will it cost her everything she’s ever wanted? Or could God be changing the desires of her heart?