Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Journey-Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Journey
Wanda E. Brunstetter
Barbour, Apr 5 2011, $14.99
ISBN: 9781602606814

In Paradise, Pennsylvania, Titus Fisher always compared himself with his twin Timothy and found himself lacking. He loves his brother, but envies him. The latest comparison is Timothy is happily married to Hannah with a young daughter Mindy; while Titus’ beloved Phoebe Stoltzfus ended their relationship to move away from the Amish in California. When Englischer Allen Walters stops at the Fisher family spread, he informs Titus they need a carpenter in the Amish community in Christian County, Kentucky. Titus decides to take the position as he feels a need to start over.

In Pembroke, Kentucky Titus and Amish Suzanne Yoder meet. They are attracted to each other as each is excellent at woodworking; however she looks like a sister of Phoebe so he knee jerkily dislikes her. Besides which he rationalizes she is a tomboy who can’t cook. However, as she watches how considerate of others she is, he reassesses his assessment of Suzanne when Phoebe arrives for a second chance.

The latest Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish family drama is an entertaining tale as Titus’ response to the Lovin’ Spoonful song “Did You Ever have To Make Up Your Mind?” is to trust in the Lord to guide him. Although some minor subplots feel like inane padding, fans will rejoice with the first Kentucky Brothers’ tale as there is joy and heartbreak making for a tender realistic journey.

Harriet Klausner

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