Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Bishop's Daughter - Wanda E. Brunstetter

Summary from Good Reads: Leona is Bishop Jacob Weaver's daughter and a dedicated teacher in a one-room Amish schoolhouse. After her father's tragic accident, Leona's faith wavers. How could God allow something like this to happen to one of His servants? Outlander Jimmy Scott comes to Pennsylvania in search of his real family. When he is hired to paint an Amish schoolhouse, Jimmy and Leona find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. Can anything good come from the love between an Amish woman and an English man? What secrets will be revealed and what miracles await God's people in Lancaster County? The Bishop's Daughter is book 3 in the Daughters of Lancaster County series. Other books in the series include The Storekeeper's Daughter: Book 1 and The Quilter's Daughter: Book 2.

Leona's faith is tested over and over again.  She starts to question why God would let things these happen in her life.  Then she meets Jimmy Scott, an Englisher, who is in Lancaster County searching for his real family.  Jimmy learns that he is adopted on his twenty-first birthday and wants some answers.  Upon his arrival in Lancaster, Jimmy takes a job as a painter with Jacob Weaver and starts to get to know the Amish community.  Leona and Jimmy become close friends and start having forbidden feelings for each other since Jimmy is not Amish.  In the end, God shows his involvement in Leona's life and His reasons for all of His actions.

This book ended the Daughter's of Lancaster County series very nicely.  Although I knew where Ms. Brunstetter was going with her story, it was nice to wait and see how it worked out.  This was the first series that I read by her and I am anxious to start another one soon.

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