Sitting in her driveway after just driving home from nursing college for the summer, Shanna Stoltzfus is shocked to have the most drop dead gorgeous Amish guy she’s ever laid eyes on standing beside her car. But that’s just the problem, he is Amish, and she is now Englisch. Too bad she hadn’t seen him before, maybe she wouldn’t have turned Englisch and gone to college, but it’s too late to think about that now.
Matthew Yoder, part of a swap of Amish men left his family farm in Lancaster County and moved to Missouri to live with the Stoltzfus family until he can make it on his own. He has no idea who this beautiful young lady sitting here in the car is, but he’s sure gonna find out. She must be here for a reason.
Both Matthew and Shanna were attracted to each other at first site. Living on the same farm gave them the opportunity to spend lots of time together, thus feeding that attraction. But Shanna had a problem with rules, she just didn’t like someone telling her what to do, and this wasn’t acceptable in the Amish faith. The Bishop made the rules and you following them. Matthew, on the other had believed the faith of the Amish, and wanted to live according to Ordnung. As the story unfolds, we see two very different young people as their lives are intertwined together to make this a most interesting and beautiful Amish story of love and faith.
Another Amish fiction by Laura V. Hilton that I truly love! Shanna is a young lady that knows what she wants, and is willing to go after her dreams, even though she has to leave her family lifestyle doing so. Always being so independent myself, I really enjoyed reading about the independent Shanna. She wasn’t a bad girl, but was made to look bad because of the choices she made. And Matthew, well he is just a loveable good guy that doesn’t want to look bad, but I love the way he saw the good in Shanna and wanted to love her, despite what she did. And though it looked like everything seemed to be against he and Shanna ever getting together, he believed in her, and he had faith that God would bring them together if it was His will. Matthew’s faith and trust in the Lord was so awesome, it was almost overwhelming at times.
This is Laura’s second book in The Amish of Seymour Series and will be in bookstores everywhere September 1st, 2011. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Patchwork Dreams, I encourage you to grab a copy and read it before you pick up your copy of The Harvest of Hearts. You will not be disappointed. I recommend this book to all Amish fiction fans, and to anyone that just wants a great read of a loving family and couple.