I remember making my first trip to Amish country. I was attending a wedding of some friend’s in college…and the bride lived in Amish country of Indiana. It was neat to see a culture within a culture. One so different from normal American culture, yet nestled in the quaint neighborhoods outside of the city. The food was spectacular and the people were friendly. The horse and buggies were iconic.
Now, I read Amish lit because it is fun. Most of the books are filled with a culture I don’t know very well and are in some form religious. Most of them are about romances. Most of them have some form of “coming of age” story.
I think as I get older though, I’m realizing that I’m more removed from young adult fiction. I love a good story, don’t get me wrong. But, I have sensed that most YA fiction is filled with a little drama, but not much. So much of it doesn’t tend to hit on the real hard stuff that hits most of American families.
Home to Paradise was slightly different: stories of God’s acceptance, forgiveness, family, heartbreak, and friendships. Troubled hearts are clearly in this book. If you like Amish lit, you will like this third book in a series by Barbara Cameron and you don’t even have needed to read the first two books. It draws you in and gives you enough of the backstory. Hey, it might even make you go back and the first two.
Cultures are always intriguing.
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