Today I’m reviewing An Amish Buggy Ride by the amazing Sarah Price.
Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:
Quiet and soft-spoken, Kate Zook is the responsible eldest daughter in an Amish family and prides herself on fulfilling her role.
Then, one fateful snowy night, she uncharacteristically speaks her mind—and unwittingly plays a part in a horrible accident.
Wracked by guilt over her role in the tragedy that left her brother David injured, Kate devotes herself to his care, going so far as to take on his chores in the fields.
Even so, her brother’s resentment toward her grows, and David torments Kate, making her increasingly isolated life even more difficult.
Though Kate’s parents have emotionally withdrawn, someone outside the home takes an interest in Kate and notes her clear grief.Samuel, a local boy, has recently returned from a wild rumschpringe—the Amish term for exploring the wider world—and recommitted to his community.
Intrigued by Kate’s gentle yet loyal ways, he begins to fall in love with her. But tensions rise as he refuses to put up with David’s rage. As Kate’s heart begins to stir and cry out for happiness, she must rely on faith to find forgiveness or risk losing out on love.
Whoa! Sarah Price truly knows how to grab your attention… and she does it well with An Amish Buggy Ride.
When David Zook shows up to drive his sister Kate home from a gathering, she refuses to ride with him after seeing how intoxicated he is, as well as smelling the whiskey on his breath. But when he has an accident on the way home, she feels that she’s to blame — and no wonder — since David seems to blame her, too.
Samuel Esh would like nothing better than to spend time with Kate… if he could think of a way to help her — and her family — get past the pain and consequences from the accident.
David Zook continues to feel sorry for himself and rages at the world after his accident — but mostly it seems at his family. Kate feels that she doesn’t have the right to be happy anymore, and goodness knows David seems bent on making her as miserable as he intends to remain.
In many Amish stories, the plain folk don’t appear to feel sorry for themselves when confronted with difficult situations – but they are people just like us and they feel the same emotions — anger, distress, grief, turmoil — unexpected events effect them, too.
Sarah does a great job showing how difficult it is to overcome tragedy. Her characters are so lifelike, I felt the sadness and depression that Kate was feeling, and I cried buckets while reading this story!
But it’s a story worth reading – believe me. Don’t miss out on this great novel.
You can read more reviews and more about the book on Goodreads HERE
…and you can find more about Sarah Price… HERE
God bless you!
© Donna J. Mynatt 2014