Who wrote this book and when?
Beverly Lewis published this in 2005.
Has there been a film version?
Who are the important characters?
Annie Zook – an Amish young woman who loves to paint even though it’s forbidden
Louisa Stratford – a wealthy girl who is engaged to a wealthy man, she is Annie’s long time pen pal
Esther Hochstetler – Annie’s friend, a married Amish woman with three children and one on the way, she has an abusive husband
Ezekiel “Zeke” Hochstetler – Esther’s husband, he’s emotionally scarred from his younger brother’s disappearance over a decade ago
Preacher Jesse Zook – Annie’s father, one of the Amish preachers
The Rancks – the Zook’s cousins, a Mennonite family who are also Christians
What’s it about?
Annie Zook has a passion for painting and artwork despite it being forbidden in her Amish culture. She struggles with her love for her family and culture and how it clashes with her love of art. To further complicate things, she’s expected to formally join the church soon or leave forever. And her Englischer (non-Amish) friend, Louisa Stratford, comes to have an extended visit after calling off her wedding, further upsetting their quiet lifestyle.
Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It’s part of a series by a bestselling Christian author.
Do I recommend you read this book?
How did this book make my list?
I started reading it thinking it was the first book in another series by this same author. Oh well.
Has it won any awards?
The Best Genre Fiction Award from Library Journal in 2005.
This is perfect reading for cold-fighting. I’ve been pushing one off for the past week or so, and now that it’s threatening to send me to bed for a nap every couple of hours, this series really fits the bill for an enjoyable – if fluffy – read. I enjoy reading about the Amish community and Lewis does a splendid job of developing Annie and Louisa as separate yet similar characters who share the same love of art and similar conundrums in love. Plus, Lewis has added the dark storyline of an abusive husband and a long-disappeared little brother who has most likely met a very early demise at the hands of a kidnapper or serial killer. Like I said…good for sick reading. 🙂