An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.
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, Joanna 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 feel; 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.
This book is about Joanna’s journey to forgive herself for her part in the death of her parents. Not only does she struggle with forgiving herself, she has to heal from the injuries she sustained in the buggy accident. She doesn’t believe she is worthy of anything anymore. Lest of all the attentions of her boyfriend Andrew. Andrew loves Joanna but he was never able to express his feelings very well. His dad leaving when he was young has made him feel that he might not be a very good husband and father like his Dad.
This was the second book in the Birch Creek series. It isn’t necessary to read the first book in the series, but it might be helpful to understand better some of the background issues. This book wasn’t quite as good as the first book. But I still look forward to reading the next installment.
I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
Kathleen Fuller's Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Kathleen-Fuller/e/B001JSAI22/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0