For some bizarre reason, within the world of Christian fiction, there is a whole sub-genre of stories based around the lives of the Amish religious group. I don’t know much about the Amish, having only ever watched a documentary about them as a teenager, which I found pretty interesting. So, I thought, as I had began to read some Christian fiction, I might as well have an open mind and give some of these books a go. (Despite the slightly dodgy covers!)
The title of this book may be Meek and Mild; but the emotions in this story are raw and real.
Carla loves children but is scared to have her own and afraid to marry the man she loves. She also has a passion for teaching children, but is not allowed to within the Amish Church. Her mother is trying her hardest to do what is best for all of her children, Carla’s cousin is struggling to conceive although she is desperate to, and becomes jealous of those around her who are able to have children, including her own mother.
This is a story of a long, real and painful church split, within the Amish community and the way in which people handled it. Although the characters are Amish there is something everyone could learn from reading this book.
A great tale of working out the will of God, and one you will not easily forget.
This story reminded me of the book Little Women, probably because both of these books are based around four sisters in adolescence. I found it really interesting to read about the lives of the Amish, especially how they go about dating. (In secret, in case you interested!) And the characters were mostly likeable. However, I found this to be one of those books where you reach the end and wonder what actually happened to take up so many pages!
I think this is the first book in the series, there wasn’t a satisfactory conclusion to the story. That really frustrates me, it feels like the author is conning you into reading (and buying) more of their books!
I can’t complain too much though, it was a free download on kindle, and it wasn’t a bad way to spend a couple of hours. If you are interested in learning about the Amish way of life then this book would probably be for you.
All in all, I wouldn’t rush to read another Amish novel, but I would probably be interested in reading more by Olivia Newport, as Meek and Mild had an interesting plot line.
Have you ever read any Amish novels?
What did you think? Are there any you would recommend?