I really loved this story! Readers first met Andy Fisher in the author’s book, The Dawn of Christmas. Andy is a side character, and is in a very strange and sad situation in his life. He is what is known as a “grass widower”. His wife left him and he is not allowed to divorce or remarry. He is stuck in limbo and I am so glad that Cindy Woodsmall shared this continuing story with us. You can read my review of The Dawn of Christmas, which I read as a three-in-one novella collection titled Christmas in Apple Ridge, here.
Both of the main characters in this story have been deeply hurt by people and events in their lives. I really admired both Jolene and Andy. Jolene persevered through deep emotional pain and fought to keep her family together and provide the best life she could for her siblings, even though it cost her dearly.
Andy and Jolene form a bond of friendship that quickly develops into something more. This is a huge complication that could potentially cause problems for them and their families.
I really enjoyed how the author handled this difficult scenario and wove God’s grace throughout the entire story. I loved this book from start to finish and highly recommend it to fans of Amish fiction. (5 stars)
My thanks to WaterBrook Press for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone.
A young woman who sacrificed her dreams.
How will the God of grace and hope help them find their way?
At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.
Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife has abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene.
As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God’s guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the Foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family.