BARBARA CAMERON MARATHON
A Road Unknown is the first book in the Amish Roads series by Barbara Cameron.
Here is a brief synopsis from Abdingdon Press:
Will Elizabeth’s rumschpringe lead her away from her home and her faith—or show her a new world of love and happiness?
Elizabeth is at a crossroad. She’s been given the chance to experience life outside of her community, away from the responsibility to care for her eight younger siblings, but Elizabeth Bontrager can’t decide which road to take. Goshen has its charms and pressures, but Paradise, Pennsylvania, sounds . . . well, like paradise. And it’s also home to her Englisch friend, Paula. Decision made. Elizabeth is Paradise bound.
But will the small town live up to its name? When Elizabeth meets Paula’s friend, Bruce, she quickly learns he wants more than a friendship. And the same might be true of Saul Miller, her new boss at the country story that sells Amish products to the Englisch community. As the two compete for her attention, Elizabeth is surprised to realize she misses her family and becomes even more uncertain about where she belongs. She has a choice to make: return home or embrace this new life and possibly a new love?
This was actually the first book I read by Barbara Cameron! Once I did, I was immediately hooked and we hurriedly purchased many of her other books. We didn’t realize until we began reading them that the three series we purchased were all connected, not only the characters but the communities as well.
I really identified with Elizabeth, being expected to do all the chores that no one else wanted to do. I’m not sure how realistic the story is of her parents not allowing her to date or go to the young people’s fellowships, as they kept her busy with chores and caring for her younger brothers and sisters.
But the story grabbed me and I could barely put down the book until I was finished with it. This was another story that involved a situation that could have been described as abusive, in that the daughter was totally controlled by her parents, without any love shown toward her. Barbara handled it with tact and respect.
I encourage you to read this story. At the least, it’s educational. But it’s so much more! It’s a great story about hope, love and family. Just read it!
HERE is a link to the book page at Abingdon Press
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HERE is a link to the author’s website.