Crossroads by Barbara Cameron
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Abingdon Press
ISBN 1426740603 (ISBN13: 9781426740602)
Series: Amish Roads #2
Emma has only had eyes for Isaac ever since she can remember. Hoping to get married in the fall, Emma is excited to finally be with the only one for her. However, Isaac asks her one question that leaves Emma heartbroken and wondering if Isaac really is the one for her.
I really enjoyed the overall story and the question of what would you compromise for the one you love. So many young girls face this question, and many don't respond the way Emma did. I was quite impressed with her stance and her commitment to God and her community.
On the other hand, this story had a lot of hiccups. I typically love all of Barbara's writing, but this one just didn't seem up to par with her other stories. I didn't feel the deep connection with any of the characters. Many times, the parts that should have been given more time and attention, they were just glossed over. For example, when Emma finds out about Isaac going to AA meetings. Everything was glossed over and before I knew it, I had flipped to the last page and everything was happy go lucky and everything was forgiven.
I was left wondering many times how did they work through that? Especially with Isaac and his hesitancy to join the Amish church. What was going on in his mind? What made him make the final decision? How is he going to cope with the overbearing bishop? Another oversight was the overbearing bishop. He was supposedly so overbearing, but yet most of the Amish in the story had cell phones. Sadly, the story just had many little holes that really took away from the overall feel, for me.
Once again, Barbara does a great job of allowing you to "catch up" with characters from her other stories. I find that most interesting! I love catching up with the other characters and catching a glimpse of their lives now. I also loved the interactions between Lizzie and Emma. Not too many Amish stories show the sibling interactions, or they only show the serious side. I enjoyed reading the playfulness between these siblings and the mom.
I was graciously provided a free digital copy of this book from Abingdon Press in partnership with NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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