Monday, August 10, 2015

Review: The Postcard by:Laura V. Hilton

The Postcard (The Amish of Jamesport, #2)
About the Book:
David Lapp (from Promised to Another) survived a “code blue” when he was in a buggy/semi truck accident in Seymour, Missouri. Now after extensive therapy he has lingering mobility problems and is still struggling to find his place in the world. Lured away from Webster County by thoughts of closed buggies and a postcard friendship he’s developed with an Amish girl in Jamesport, he moves north, hoping for a fresh start. He finds work in the area tying flies and basket weaving, selling his products in the Amish markets in the Jamesport area. 

Rachel Miller dreams of travel, but feels tied to her Amish life. She is being courted by Obadiah Graber, but wonders if there’s more to life. When she sees David’s name mentioned in The Budget, she strikes up a pen pal friendship with David while he’s in the hospital and in therapy, consoling him when he and his girlfriend part ways. She never dreams that David will come north and move into her community. David is still fearful in the buggy, especially in high traffic areas. Feeling he’s called by God to preach, David spends hours in the Bible, but the Amish discourage him, believing their ministers should be drawn by lot. Will David follow his call, even if it takes him out of the Amish church? Will Rachel realize her dream to travel?

My Review:
 Laura Hilton is at it again when she gives us an addition to The Amish of Jamesport series. Rachel Miller is a bit of a dreamer. She feels like life is very much passing her by while she lives her mundane existence. But she comes up with a brilliant idea to keep her mind occupied, and maybe she will even be able to learn about some place new while she is at it. In her quest for a distraction she begins to correspond with others that she reads about in the local Amish newspaper. But soon she becomes attached to one person in particular. All of this while she is still being courted by Obadiah.

 The author takes the Amish culture and provides a connection to the regular Christian way or household. She tries to get you to understand the Amish in a more personal way. Because of this it makes her writing very unique and extremely inviting to read. I could relate to Rachel's character because she reminded me of my daughter. We are not Amish but searching for pen pals and to eventually find lifelong friends is something she undertook as well.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Fun.