Home All Along by Beth Wiseman

Book description:

Charlotte has made a home for herself in Amish Country with Daniel. But unforeseen events rock their fragile world and may move them even further away from the life they long for.

Charlotte, an Englisher, is living in Amish Country, and she has formed strong and lasting bonds with the people in her new community. She has even fallen in love with an Amish man. But just when she is considering a permanent conversion to the Amish way of life, her world crashes around her. An unexpected death and a mysterious visitor unsettle Charlotte, and she begins to question her faith and her choices.

Daniel loves Charlotte and wants to share his life with her, even it if means leaving the only world he’s ever known. But as he walks alongside of her through her struggles, his own world is turned upside down when a loved one receives a grim medical diagnosis and a prodigal relative returns home. Will Charlotte and Daniel’s relationship succumb to the many pressures around them, or will their faith and the strong community around them allow them to weather the storms of their own lives in order to build a life together?

My review:

Although I have read a lot of Amish fiction books, this is the first one in which the main character is an “Englischer” considering joining the Amish community. I found it to be an interesting approach to Amish fiction. I have not read the other books in this series, but that did not affect my understanding or enjoyment of this novel.

One thing I really enjoy about novels is when the characters have to cope with real-life struggles and challenges. This one does not disappoint! All of the characters have to survive challenges and real-lfe problems that are normal parts of life, in addition to other problems that might not be so commonplace, but readers can be sympathetic to because the characters are so relatable. Wiseman incorporates issues such a grief, life-support, and relationship problems and deals with them in a very tactful and real way.

If you are looking for an Amish novel that is different from any you have read before, this is one for you. It was so good, I want to go back and read the other books in the series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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