Hope In The Land
Amish Turns Of Time book 4
by Olivia Newport
When Henry Edison turns up in Lancaster County to survey farm women about their domestic contributions during the 1930s, the last thing Amish housewife Gloria Grabill has time for is the government agent’s unending questions. Gloria’s hands are already full with a farm to run alongside her husband, a houseful of children, and an English neighbor, Minerva Swain, who has been trying Gloria’s patience for forty years. Gloria’s oldest daughter, Polly, wants nothing more than the traditional path of an Amish farmer’s wife, but everything she does seems to push Thomas Coblentz further away. While the Great Depression shadows the country in gloom, can Amish and English neighbors in Lancaster County grasp the goodness that will sustain hope?
Can 2 different families pull together?
Hope In The Land was such an interesting story. It is only the second Amish historical that I've read – and one of only a few novels set during the Depression.
One of the things I really liked about this book was the way Olivia Newport didn't idealize or romanticize the Amish or the Depression. Everything from Gloria and Minerva's 40 year competition, Polly's struggles with finding her place in life, Henry's determination to make even low paying job work in time when jobs were scarce, and the kindness of two families towards strangers in need. No huge drama, just a story about people facing hard times, and their different reactions to those difficulties.
Both the title and the cover, look close and you'll see many fun little details, are a perfect match for this book. Hope In The Land is a thoughtful and sweet story and I think one of my favorites from Olivia Newport. If you are looking for a good historical about faith and family this book just might be a good choice for you.
This Book received a 4 Bark rating.