I am new to both Tricia Goyer’s novels and Amish Fiction. It’s not that Amish stories don’t appeal to me, I just never found one that reached out and begged me to read it, until now. “Beside Still Water’s” is the first in her Big Sky Amish series. Tricia is an outstanding author and has captured not only a bit of Amish culture in her newest novel, but also tells the tale of a 19 year old girls life and faith.
About the book: Marianna Sommer believes she knows where her life is headed. Nineteen years old and Amish, her plan is to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and live in the only community she’s ever known.
When Marianna’s family moves from Indiana to Montana she discovers life and faith will never be the same. As she builds an easy friendship with local guy, Ben Stone, Ben not only draws her heart, he also gets her thinking about what loving God and living in community is all about.
As Marianna struggles to find “home”, she also encounters God in intimate ways.
Tricia has done a wonderful job showing us the faith behind Amish culture, the anguish of a parent’s loss and what drives them in how they carry on and try to let go as well as the way the remaining children have to grow and adjust. I didn’t want to stop reading. Even when I was sick the last few months, I couldn’t put the book down. I had to turn each page and find out where Marianna’s life was taking her. This book is heartbreaking, uplifting and joyful all at the same time! I can feel a connection with Marianna as far as being a young 19 year old girl not knowing where life is leading you but needing to follow your heart and your Faith in God only to have your own personal plans change dramatically at every twist and turn.
I don’t want to give too much away but there are moments in this book that are extremely gut-wrenching. I actually cried (several times) while reading it! Tricia Goyer can definitely draw you in and make you feel like you are right there living the life of the characters. It was very refreshing to read a book based on Faith in God. I most definitely have a new favorite author. I can’t wait to read the rest of this wonderful series as it is released!
In case you want to watch the book trailer (remember: GUT-WRENCHING MOMENTS!):
About Tricia: Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-four 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.
For more about Tricia please visit www.triciagoyer.com.
Stop by Tricia’s Blog It’s Real Life where she is giving away 10 copies of the book and some really neat looking antique Amish salt & pepper shakers. Also – everyone who enters the contest will receive an Montana Amish calendar (while supplies last)!
Purchase “Beside Still Waters”. Visit Tricia Goyer’s blog and learn how to purchase the book on Amazon. (Also available in our [intlink id=”655″ type=”page”]store[/intlink] here on Cinnamon Hollow)
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A complimentary copy of “Beside Still Water’s” was received as a member of Litfuse Publicity Group to facilitate this review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are strictly my own. An Amazon affiliate widget appears at the bottom of this post.
Crystal is a stay-at-home- mom, living in KY with her husband and children. She is a travel and lifestyle blogger encouraging folks to live their life one adventure at a time while also focusing on beauty, essential oils and health. From time to time she also likes to showcase her adorable pets along with her family. Along with Cinnamon Hollow she can be found at The Martin Family Adventure … read more