Today I’m reviewing The Postcard, the first book in the Amish of Jamesport series, by Laura V. Hilton.
Here is a brief synopsis:
David Lapp survived a “code blue” when he was in a buggy/semi truck accident in Seymour, Missouri.
Now after extensive therapy he has lingering mobility problems and is still struggling to find his place in the world.
Lured away from Webster County by thoughts of closed buggies and a postcard friendship he’s developed with an Amish girl in Jamesport, he moves north, hoping for a fresh start.
He finds work in the area tying flies and basket weaving, selling his products in the Amish markets in the Jamesport area.
Rachel Miller dreams of travel, but feels tied to her Amish life. She is being courted by Obadiah Graber, but wonders if there’s more to life.
When she sees David’s name mentioned in The Budget, she strikes up a pen pal friendship with David while he’s in the hospital and in therapy, consoling him when he and his girlfriend part ways. She never dreams that David will come north and move into her community.
David is still fearful in the buggy, especially in high traffic areas. Feeling he’s called by God to preach, David spends hours in the Bible, but the Amish discourage him, believing their ministers should be drawn by lot.
Will David follow his call, even if it takes him out of the Amish church? Will Rachel realize her dream to travel?
Will David listen to God, even if it means leaving his faith? – Tweet this!
WOW! Big WOW!
First, let me get one thing out of the way… I can’t begin to tell you how awesome… and fun… it is — reading a book about Rachel Miller… since I have a daughter named Rachel Miller! And yes, at times I thought about my daughter when I read the name, but mostly I remained impartial, since this Rachel Miller was very different from my own daughter, especially since my daughter is much older and has two children.
And I appreciate how Laura brought Viktor, Josh and Daniel into David’s life — sharing the gospel message — a message that most Amish church members don’t get to hear at their church service. I thought it was the perfect way to continue sharing the gospel message among the Amish folk.
Now… back to the story.
I don’t know why, but I was expecting something totally different… even though I read the back cover, so I knew what to expect, but still… I imagined a young Rachel writing to a young man who is crippled, has a big chip on his shoulder, and the last thing he wants is a friend — especially a maedel.
But that’s exactly what happens… Rachel and David become friends through the mail.
Rachel longs to travel and see distant (or even not-so-distant) lands; David complies by sending her postcards of different areas.
They begin to share their lives with one another and soon become very close — so close that David moves to Rachel’s community, planning to find work and begin a courtship.
From start to finish there were twists and turns I didn’t see coming…
Exciting times? You bet!
Read it for yourself… you’ll love it!
A heart-warming story of independence and true love… – Tweet this!
God bless you!
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