Thursday, January 28, 2010

Book Review: The Choice

Lancaster County has always been her home--but where does her heart belong? One moment Carrie Weaver was looking forward to running away with Lancaster Barnstormers pitcher Solomon Riehl--plans that included leaving the Amish community where they grew up. The next moment she was staring into a future as broken as her heart. Now, Carrie is faced with a choice. But will this opportunity be all she hoped? Or will this decision, this moment in time, change her life forever?

A tender story of love, forgiveness, and looking below the surface, The Choice uncovers the sweet simplicity of the Amish world--and shows that it's never too late to find your way back to God.

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When I received this book in the mail, I sat looking at the cover wondering why I said I'd review it. I knew nothing about the Amish whatsoever. It wasn't really my type of book.

Then I started reading it.

And I fell in love.

The Amish way of life, with the characters, the storyline, with the author's style of writing... I fell in love with all of it. Just reading it was calming to me.

The characters were so well developed and they became real to me. I felt like I knew each one and was invested in their lives. I became caught up in the ways of the Amish and found myself quite envious of their simplicity and goodness.

In the beginning, the main character Carrie Weaver comes across as a young girl, full of dreams and completely in love. As she encounters devastating losses that change the course of her life, we see her maturing and persevering in what is right and good. She comes across as so real.

I even sighed out loud once or twice.

Or more.

Oh yes, I did.

I found it really hard to put this book down and actually felt sad when I finished it. I'm definitely going to read it again. Apparently this is the first book in the Lancaster County Secrets series, with the second novel entitled The Waiting coming in October 2010. I can't wait. I hope I get to review that one too.


Just sayin.

Fantastic, funny, romantic, inspiring, calming, simple...lovable. I will definitely be recommending this book.

Available now at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



  1. Great review! I am always looking for a new book; and my nightstand is empty right now! Thanks for the recommendation :)

    Confessions From A Working Mom

  2. Ooohhh I love me some Amish stories..When we lived in Pa..we lived super close to Lancaster County..I loved going there and seeing the Amish in there buggies or working out in the yard..Or just walking on the side of the road..

    Their farms are awesome! They hang their clothes out to kinda creeped me out..lots of black pants and dark dresses..

    I miss those Amish peeps!!

  3. Sounds right up my alley!

    Have you ever read Jane Kirkpatrick's "Kinship and Courage" series? It's a 3 book series, and I really enjoyed it.

  4. You totally make me want to read this! Have I ever told you that I secretly want to be Amish someday? Except with TV? And Outback Steakhouse? Ok. Maybe I am confused. But I would love to have a Homestead and a farm and fields and horses and a cow named Daisy. She would like me.



  5. I am always looking for new books. Any genre if someone says it's good. I'm in!

    Going to check this one out.

  6. Hi Elizabeth! ~ If you get a chance to read this one be sure to let me know your thoughts!

    Keely ~ There is an Amish town a couple of hours away from us and it's SO charming. I love going there

    Cindy - No, I haven't had the chance to read that series yet. I wonder if they would have it in my church library...?

    Amanda ~ I would love for you to have a farm and a cow named Daisy. There is a lot about the Amish that I love, but I am too spoiled by technology

    Hey there Arizona Mamma! ~ if you do get to read this one, let me know what you thought of it! We could have a great discussion