May is faced with the decision to accept her aunt's offer to work in her Indiana bakery or marry Thad. She also wanted to keep her promise to her sister, April to take care of her daughter Leah. No question about it she wanted deeply to take care of Leah, but then she would have to deal with Thad and his family. Thad's mother treated her poorly and made her feel incompetent. May and Thad dated and was really in love with each other in the past only to be jilted when he married her sister April instead. After her sister, April passed away Thad inherited the family farm where May was living as she helped care for his daughter, Leah. Now she is left with the decision on what to do.
We see the struggles of the small dairy farmers trying to survive from the government USDA regulations. This allowed us to see a creative side of May as she came up with a variety of ideas of making cheese as a way to save their family far. Thad was involved in a local diary farmer association.
The lead characters are relatable. They are hard working.
May is strong with a business sense who can think beyond the norm. She always felt inferior to her sister. Throughout the book we see May having a kind heart and deeply loves her neice, Leah. She is having the hardest time forgiving Thad for marring her sister. Thad didn't know how to treat woemn right and made some big mistakes. he did the best to provide for his family and tried to show May kindness in hopes of winning her heart back. Even though he was dense I still like him.
Marie E. Bast did a great job of adding conflict and a variety of situations to keep the story interesting and not a repeat of other Amish Romance novels. I know they are in in Amish country, but the diaglogue didn't sound natural to me. Marie E. Bast highlighted many customs of the Amish and items in the Ordnung. There are many Amish rules I don't agree with especially rules for the women.
There were times in the story something would happen then Bast would include, "as was the custom with the Amish" which was unnecessary and took me away from the story at times. The theme of the book is to letting go and forgive. Throughout the book it had a mystery romance feel to it. It is your typcial Amish romance novel, but it was a nice read.
I received a copy from CelebrateLit. The comments and impressions are my own.
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