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Dreams of Plain Daughters, #1 Ms. Craver penned a wonderful story within these pages. I really enjoyed getting to know her characters, but what I thoroughly enjoyed was getting to know the ways of the Amish folks. Through this story, I’ve learned so much more of their customs and their reasoning behind their beliefs. I loved being able to travel the journey Rachel Hershberger needed to take in order for her to find out if she should be baptized and join her church or possibly decide to leave her community to join the English world that her Aunt Carrie had chosen to do many years ago. Ms. Craver penned this story with such emotion that it was easy for me to feel as if the story was unfolding before me firsthand. I was seeing and feeling everything Rachel was as if I experienced it myself. I love being able to walk away from a story feeling I went through the trials and tribulations as if I was another character in it and this author did that for me with this entertaining Amish story. I highly recommend it!
Rachel Hershberger is questioning what her next step in life should be. She’s in love with Samuel Weaver, but feels that maybe she’s missing something from her life as an Amish woman. Having lost her mother just about a year ago has made Rachel question the next step in her life. During their one year customary time of mourning, she gave up her job at the local bakery shop to help cook, clean and tend to her father and brothers’ needs. Stepping in her mother’s role was the right thing for her to do at the time, but she can’t help but wonder if her family had more modern conveniences, such as a phone, would her mother be alive right now? Maybe living as an Amish woman isn’t what she thought she wanted. Maybe living as an English woman, as her Aunt Carrie did when deciding to marry a non-Amish man years ago, is the path that Rachel should take instead. Spending some time away vacationing with Aunt Carrie in Florida is just what Rachel needs to make her decision of what path she needs to take to make her happy. The question remains does Rachel decide to marry Samuel and assume her place in the Amish world or will she leave everything she has known to live as an English woman like her Aunt Carrie?
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Rachel Hershberger feels she must get away from her Amish life in Fields Corner, Ohio. Life has not been easy for the past year. Her mother has died at a very young age, and she blames her father for not having a phone on their land to get help on time, not to mention the added pressure of caring more for her family than for a wedding she is now unsure of. Rachel’s Aunt, Carrie, her mother’s sister, is ex-Amish and invites her to spend time with her family at the beach in Florida. Even though their life is much different from Rachel’s, she loves her niece and wants to help her through this rough time. Spending time away from her simple life is a learning experience for Rachel. She experiences many firsts such as driving a car, wearing English clothes and some bad things like having her picture taken and becoming something it truly is not. So now she must decide between continuing her life as an Amish and joining the church, or stay in the English world. I am a big fan of Amish romance. Just like so many others, their lifestyle fascinates me. The more I read, the more I find what Ms. Craver and others say is true, i.e. that each Amish order is different and hosts different rules, so some may be stricter than others. Reading A Joyful Break truly showed another side from what I have normally read. The struggles Rachel goes through make this story well worth reading, allowing the reader to connect with Rachel and others, as if it was their own life. Definitely a to-buy book.