A SIMPLE AUTUMN
by Rosalind Lauer

October 2012
ISBN: 9780345526755
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A Love That Remains Hidden,

A Fork In A Thorny Road


Jonah King has no desire to leave his close-knit community. All his hopes and dreams lie in Lancaster County, and many of them revolve around his longtime love for Annie Stoltzfus. For years heís been trying to get her to see what burns inside his heart, yet he remains all but invisible to her. Annieís beautiful eyes reflect only her affection for Jonahís older brother and her sadness when he chooses another. Jonah knows that he must speak up, but when heís around Annie his calm, capable demeanor flees, leaving him tongue-twisted and awkward.


Gabe King has been courting schoolteacher Emma Lapp for months, but she insists on keeping their relationship secret. Emma embraces her duty to set a good example for her pupils, but Gabe is in his rumspringa and still wild at heart, riding motorbikes and unwilling to cut his ties to the outside world. Much to Emmaís deep sorrow, it appears that she and Gabe are choosing different paths.


As swirling leaves of orange and gold dance across the countryside, two brothers must find the courage and faith to reconcile their heritage and their hearts.


A Simple Autumn is the third book in the Seasons of Lancaster series. I didn't read the first two books in the series, but would recommend that others do, as it seemed to refer back to the previous two books, A Simple Winter and A Simple Spring.


I canít say I really enjoyed A Simple Autumn. The point of view was distant, and I never connected with the characters. The story also dragged. Plus Annie really acts immature when Jonah accidentally bumps her at a volleyball game. If you like Amish fiction, no matter what, then my might want to read A Simple Autumn or A Seasons of Lancaster series. If you want a story that will draw you in and make you care, this isnít it.


Reviewed in March 2014 by Laura.

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