Along Wooded Paths by Tricia Goyer.


Tricia Goyer has quickly become one of my very favorite authors. I recently reviewed the first book in her Big Sky series, Beside Still Waters, which introduced us to Marianna Sommer. I fell in love and couldn’t wait for the second book, Along Wooded Paths, to be released.

Along Wooded Paths continues the story of Marianna and her family after their move to Montana. We watch as she opens her heart to bits of the Englisch (English) way of life and starts to see that being friends with those outside your own community is possible. We also watch Marianna struggle with her heart. She has deep feelings not only for her childhood love Aaron Zook, but also for an Englischer named Ben. Ben has a very deep connection with God and this surprises Marianna. But it also surprises her father. He never realized that non-Amish folk can be that close to and walk with the Lord. While her faith in God and her beliefs in the Amish life don’t waiver, she does struggle with the path her heart is taking. Along Wooded Paths brings Aaron back into her life and she must choose which love she will take. And her uncle, Ike, doesn’t help matters much when she sees his affection for the English too! It’s an Amish love story!

I love the way Tricia writes the two lifestyles. She does a wonderful job of showing us the Amish traditions and beliefs & how they differ from the English. Yet she also shows how the two can connect and live together as friends. Just because your beliefs are different doesn’t mean you can’t rejoice together in your similarities. Tricia shows us that and I love it. This writing style pulls you in and makes you root for every character in her novels. I hope there are many more books in the Big Sky series. And so does my husband’s step-mom who called dibs as the first person to read Along Wooded Paths after I finished my review. She is as excited by the release as I am!

About the book:

All she wanted was a simple Amish life . . . But now Marianna Sommer finds herself depending on Englisch neighbors. Although proud of living apart from the world, she and her newly relocated Amish family have discovered that life in the remote mountains of Montana requires working together.

As Marianna begins helping those different from herself—and receiving their help—her heart contemplates two directions. She’s torn between the Amish man from Indiana whom she has long planned on marrying and the friendly Englischer who models a closer walk with God than she’s ever seen before.

Who should have young Marianna’s heart? What is God asking her to sacrifice? Her traditions? Her community? The answer is found along the wooded paths.

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Along with the release of Along Wooded Paths, Tricia is hosting a fun Facebook party on her author page on 10/18. You can find more details about prizes, sneak peaks and a LIVE Q & A with Tricia and a sneak peak at the next book in the Big Sky series by checking out her Facebook event >>>

Find out about book 1, Beside Still Waters, here:

About Tricia:

hi-res-triciasm.jpgTricia Goyer is the author of thirty books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference in 2003. Tricia’s book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Along Wooded Paths to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

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