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.
If Joanna takes the first step toward healing, will it cost her everything she’s ever wanted? Or could God be changing the desires of her heart?
This was a really good book. Joanna is telling her parents about her feelings for Andrew and arguing when they are killed in a buggy accident. She is hurt mentally, physically and spiritually from this accident and it's repercussions. She is set to marry Andrew but as they get closer to the wedding, she has more and more doubts. She has to rely on God to follow His will, but is afraid of what that could mean.
Let me start with saying, this author has a way of making you feel everything the character is feeling. With Joanna it is so heartbreaking, especially with how she lost her parents. I loved how God's love shone throughout the whole book. Going back after her extended rehab isn't easy as everything has changed, but Joanna does it. She isn't certain Andrew wants to marry her for love and all the questions she has, there is only one place to go for answers. Overall, I liked the story and will look for more from this author.
It was a 4/5 for me. Heartbreaking, but wonderful story about God's love.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via The Fiction Guild). I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.