Grieving the death of her Amish parents and the separation from her nine close-knit siblings, Lena Rose Schwartz consoles herself that her new life in Lancaster County won't be forever. Surely someday soon she will return to her beloved Michigan settlement, including her beau. But even as she holds on to hope for a reunion with those she loves most, she discovers that Lancaster holds charms of its own. Will she find the courage to open her heart to other possibilities?"
The Road Home by celebrated author Beverly Lewis was even better than I expected. The story was easy to get into and hard to put down. Lena Rose Schwartz is an amazing young woman who has a special gift of giving to others without hopes of anything in return. She spreads joy in surprising places even through the pain of losing her parents and a long distance separation from her younger brothers and sisters.
She was welcomed so warmly into the home of her father's second cousin Harley and his wife Mimi. She soon felt like a member of their own family. Her talents as a seamstress helped Mimi with her home sewing business. People in her new community soon became attached to her as she touched their lives with unselfish kindness. It wasn't long before she caught the eye of handsome cabinet maker Arden Mast. A relationship with him was not in her plans. She was determined to return to her family in Michigan as soon as a door opened to make that possible Arden knew his home and family were in Pennsylvania and didn't plan to leave them. She knew a friendship with him was safe.
Yet even with the happy circumstance of being reunited with her family and her responsibilities towards them she felt as though she left part of her heart in Pennsylvania. Oh I can't say how it ends but this is a good story you may just want to read twice! I heartily recommend this book.
I received my copy of The Road Home from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review but my thoughts are mine.