Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Path Made Plain-Lynette Sowell

A Path Made Plain
Lynette Sowell
Abingdon, Nov 4 2014, $14.99
ISBN: 9781426753657

In Ohio, with her dream dead, Amish Betsy Yoder struggles to keep her smile glued on her face while serving food to guests at the wedding of widower dad Jacob Miller to Englisher Natalie Bennett (see A Season Of Change).  At the reception her mom asks her to stay here, but Betsy cannot wait to return to the Pinecraft area of Sarasota, Florida where she lives in the home of her Aenti Chelle and plans to open up a bakery.  Having fled Columbus when the mob gunned down his employer Dish and Spoon restaurateur Mitch Gabryszeski, Jacob’s third cousin pastry chef Thaddeus Zook arrives for the farmyard reception on a Harley before heading to Florida. 

In Sarasota, Betsy and Thad are attracted to each other.  Whereas she is afraid to offer her heart so soon after it was burned, he has doubts about belonging to the Amish world he left almost a decade ago and besides most of his former community do not welcome him back.  As he falls in love with Betsy, Thad must leave because what happened in Columbus could occur in Pinecraft to his beloved and other innocent Amish and Mennonites.

Seasons in Pinecraft Book 2 focuses on Betsy who played second fiddle to Natalie in the first drama.  Thad is an intriguing lead as a rebel while Betsy feeling fickle remains somewhat confused with what love is.  Although the climax feels abrupt, the subgenre audience will relish this Amish romance.

Harriet Klausner

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