Sunday, July 24, 2011

An Unlikely Suitor

In “An Unlikely Suitor” by Nancy Moser, we meet the Scarpelli family. Lucy lives with her mother and younger sister, Sofia, in New York. Lucy soon finds that her family will be homeless if she does not find a new job and place to live. Luckily, she finds both when she meets the owner of a dress shop. The three women become seamstresses in the fancy dress shop. When Lucy meets Rowena Langdon, the two become friends even though they are from two very different social classes. Rowena finds a way to bring Lucy to Newport for the summer and while she is there, Lucy falls in love but she knows he is from a rich family and wonders why he would want to marry her. Lucy’s family soon follows her to Newport to help create gowns for a costume ball. Sofia also finds herself attracted to a man but he is Rowena’s brother. While Lucy is falling in love, Rowena is dreading her arranged marriage because she is in love with someone her parents would not approve. Will the three women follow their hearts or the rules of society? I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.

Growing up Amish

“Growing up Amish” by Ira Wagler is a true story on how life really is among the Amish. Ira was born into a large Amish family. His family was part of the Old Order Amish in Iowa. In this book, Ira tells about the day to day life he lived; from his childhood on the farm and going to school to his teenage running around years and finally to his decision to leave the church. When Ira was a young boy, several of his siblings left the Amish community to find out what else was in the world. Finally it was Ira’s turn to see what was beyond the Amish community. He tells us how hard it was for him to leave and his struggles to survive without his friends and family. He returned to the community several times and tried to join the church, but ultimately realized he had different feelings and beliefs than his family.

This was a very well told story from someone who really grew up with Amish. There were funny parts in the book as well as sad. This is a coming of age story unlike most people experience. This is a great book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is trying to figure out what they should do with their life. I received a free copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.