This novel is a gentle read, reflecting the general lifestyle of Amish people. Cameron offers a good romance with a bit of mystery included. While there is a slight twist to the plot, there are no surprises as readers are given plenty of hints along the way.
I liked the characters. They are pretty well crafted. My favorite was Daniel, son of widowed Rose. He is a sweet boy with boundless energy. I liked Luke too. His love for Rose was so selfless and patient.
I was not familiar with the meaning of the cardinal, the one that seemed to watch over Rose and Daniel. That the bird could somehow represent the presence of a loved one who had died seemed a little odd. I did learn some about other Amish ideas, however.
I do recommend this novel to readers who like Amish romance. The end was abrupt and for me, unsatisfactory and just too easy. Other than that and the cardinal idea, a good novel.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Barbara Cameron is the award winning author of many bestselling Amish novels. Three have been made into HBO/Cinemax movies. She has also written nonfiction books about planning financially for weddings. She is a former high school teacher and has also taught workshops and creative writing classes. She and her family live in Jacksonville, Florida. You can find out more at https://www.barbaracameron.com/.
Gilead Publishing, 272 pages.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.