What a thoroughly interesting book this was! It is so very different than the usual Amish fare available to readers. An Empty Cup deals with issues that are hard to tackle. People don’t necessarily want to talk about depression or mental illness in a community setting such as the Amish. But that does not mean it does not exist. The author handles the story with grace and manages to set the stage for a very emotionally moving and uplifting tale.
As I watched Rosanna take on more and more, struggling with feeling unseen and uncared for, I felt myself experiencing the same despondency she herself was falling into. I was very impressed by the author’s ability to write a story that made me want to continue to turn the pages, hoping for a happy resolution, while being able to convey the hopelessness that had become Rosanna’s life.
This book was full of interesting characters and situations. It is not just a cut and dry piece of fiction. There were many levels to the people I met in these pages. Digging in and figuring out all of the complexities to this book took me on a thoughtful journey. I enjoyed this story and especially liked the last third of the book, as things began to finally fall into place in Rosanna’s life. (4 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Amish woman Rosanna Zook lost her self-confidence within the confines of a loveless and abusive marriage. In the years spent quietly dealing with her burdens and dutifully caring for others, she forgot her sense of self and ability to feel. But after her first husband’s untimely death, she gets a second chance with Reuben Troyer, a godly man who welcomes Rosanna and her two children into his life.
Despite the love and respect she finds in her new marriage, Rosanna soon learns that juggling the demands of her family and church community is more than she can handle. When Rosanna becomes ill, she is forced to confront a hard truth: one empty cup cannot fill another. For a woman who has spent her life giving, will Rosanna finally be able to let go and receive?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area’s first wave of Mennonite families. Sarah Price has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years.
As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers. Many of her stories are based on actual people she has met and her own experiences living among the Amish over the years. Sarah now resides in Morris County, New Jersey with her family.
While she started out as an Indie author, she signed on with Realms, an imprint of Charisma House and Waterfall Press, an imprint of Brilliance Publishing. Her first book, First Impressions: An Amish Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was released in May 2014.