Naomi Schrock has raised her adopted seven-year old Davey for three years. They found him, the lone survivor of a Tornado hiding inside a large fireplace. The storm killed his parents and baby sister and raised the house and farm to rubble. Single and likely to remain so, Naomi loves and dotes on Davey.
Cap Stoltzfus moved to the area for a fresh start. He lost both his wife and son in childbirth seven years ago and is determined to break free of his grief. By chance, Christian Yoder drops by the clearing where Cap is building his home alone. It doesn't take long for Christian to size things up and organize a house raising. The work of many hands quickly builds the sides and roof of his home. Overwhelmed by the generosity of his new neighbors Cap quickly becomes one of their own.
Davey found Cap first, quite by accident simply by being a curious boy of seven. Their farms are adjacent and it's not long before Davey wore a path is to Cap's. Both are taken with each other and develop a special bond. Naomi and Cap, through Davey, spend time together, developing feelings for one another. Could they possibly become a family?
This is a story of strength, courage and forgiveness. When community warmly welcomed Cap, they also welcomed Shem Fischer, a minister from Canada to the area. Shem is agreeable, seemingly devout and insinuates himself comfortably among the people. Cap is wary, having known Shem under different circumstances growing up. Before long, there is rising mistrust that threatens to splinter the community. It takes courage and strength to rise above strife.
Davey is central to the story, tying so many facets together. Young and innocent, his strongest desire is to have a family. His story will win your heart as he weaves into and out of mishaps. My heart was warmed by this special young man and the love he truly brings to his family. I heartily recommend this book. I have grown fond of the characters in this series. I admire the strength and courage they had to move from their homes and travel to a new land only to start over.
"Jan Drexler brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, and their experiences are the basis for her stories. Jan lives in South Dakota with her husband, their four adult children, two active dogs, and a cat. She is the author of The Prodigal Son Returns, A Mother for His Children (winner of the 2013 TARA award), and A Home for His Family (finalist for the 2016 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award), as well as Hannah's Choice and Mattie's Pledge."- Amazon