Taken For English
Valley Of Choice book 3
by Olivia Newport
-From the back cover-
Annie JOINED THE AMISH CHURCH BASED ON PRAYERFUL CONVICTION, NOT ROMANTIC DREAMS.
And yet, she can't deny she'd hoped to share her new, plain life with Rufus. Neither can she deny that his ways are nothing like the fast-paced culture she left behind – Rufus is obviously in no hurry. When he makes unexpected choices about his work, Annie wonders if he has lost interest in the love that sparked between them.
While arson threatens trust in the peaceful southwestern Colorado valley near Westcliffe, Annie resolves to keep a confused Amish teenage girl from decisions that could jeopardize her future. Ruth, Rufus's sister, is Annie's temporary roommate while she navigates the muddy waters of shifting family relationships, career choices, and an irresistible romance with the persistent Elijah.
Family history clearly shows it's never been easy living a plain life in the English world. Will the changes and challenges Annie now faces as a young Amish woman test her newfound faith in good ways or bad? And how long will Rufus test her patience?
After reading so many Amish stories that take place in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Ohio, it was a refreshing break to read one that is set in a completely different state, or as in this case states, Colorado and Arkansas. Taken For English is actually two stories in one book, the contemporary story of Annie and Ruth and the young men they have fallen in love with, and it's also the 1892 story of Maura and Joseph and a town with a feud.
The contemporary section follows the perspective of mostly three people, the historical section is divided between Maura and Joseph. Sometimes the switches between people left me going back a line or two to catch up.
This Book earned a 3.5 Bark rating.
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One of the things I liked about this story is the maturity of the young characters, their determination to do what is right. They exhibit patience, kindness, and a love and loyalty to family that we could all learn from. They also look to right right place, God, when things are not easy and when they are going well.
I definitely enjoyed Taken For English but I do think I will go back and read the first two books in the series to get a little more background. It won't spoil the story in the least for me to have read book three first.
Any lover of Amish fiction will enjoy this book and series from Olivia Newport.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives Taken For English by Olivia Newport a 3.5 Bark rating.
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Barbour Publishing Inc. (February 1, 2014)
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