What a book. I didn't want to stop reading it, this is the story of the Lapp family. There is a lot to like about this book, we have an Amish family who desperately need help and it arrives in ways they do not recognise nor appreciate in the beginning. This is not your typical sweetness and light Amish story, these people are real, one cannot walk when she can run, one eats too much, one tries to be all things to all people, and so on. There's a maturity to this story, it goes places other Amish books do not. You think you have all the characters pegged and they turn out to have more depth and growth than you realise. This was a good book, I was sorry to leave the Stony Creek Farm when it was over.
This was a great story about the Lapp family and life with it's ups and downs. This family had already dealt with tragedy in the loss of a mother but they were able to carry on even when faced with other family health problems. The characters were varied and most interesting. I especially resonated with the talk of a possible transplant as we have faced similiar issues. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend any books by Suzanne Woods Fisher.
Julia Lapp is the oldest child of widower Amos Lapp and she is in love with Paul Fisher, she's known she would marry him since she was a young girl. Paul loves Julia too, he just isn't sure he wants to marry her at the young age of 21. He has just 'postponed' their wedding for a second time. When M.K., short for Mary Kate, starts telling about all of the other boys that have called off their 'courtin' it dawns on Julia, the Bee Man is back in town!
Amos is a sick man, he needs a heart transplant and can't keep up with the work so his uncle Hank helps out a little. Uncle Hank is always the talk of the community and writes for The Budget. When Fern Graber reads about the Lapp family in Stoney Creek she writes to Hank and volunteers her services to help the family out. Without asking Amos, Hank accepts her offer.
Fern is a strict no nonsense kind of woman, she knows there are four kids, Amos and Uncle Hank but she thinks she's coming to cook and clean for Amos. I don't know how she thought the kids would live in the house and eat when she won't allow anyone in her kitchen or even so much as get in the refrigerator for a glass of milk. Julia finally gives her an ultimatum to either cook for all of them or leave. She is so strict that M.K. is quickly up to rule 436 and counting.
What a wonderful story about how a man who is about to lose his life and won't accept a heart transplant. A young woman who is in love with someone and even after he 'postpones' the wedding twice still has faith that he will marry her. A story of how you can dislike someone and find out they aren't at all what they seem. What an encouragement to become an organ donor, as Amos always says, "What man calls Coincidences, God would call a miracle."
This book had my attention, and kept it, from the first page. It was a perfect blend of humor, romance, and touching moments. I fell in love with all of the characters and I didn't want the book to end! This is one of the few books that made me cry. A truly inspirational read, I can't wait to read the rest of the series!