A Love Undone: An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing Grace

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Love Undone: An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing GraceA Love Undone: An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing Grace by Cindy Woodsmall

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
★: Didn't Like it
★★: It was Ok
★★★: Liked it
★★★★: Really liked it
★★★★★: It was amazing

Suggested Age:13+
Genre: Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction

Oh goodness! Next to the Sisters of the Quilt series, this is now my new favorite by Cindy Woodsmall! These characters are the kind that could so easily rip your heart out of your chest and stomp on it a few times.  They’re really THAT real.  Not saying that happens in this book—just that they have that ability if they wanted.  I got so caught up into this story. I just can’t gush about it enough! 

Andy’s in a pretty unique situation among the Amish, he is a man who has been left by his wife, which is virtually unheard of.  As the Amish do not believe in divorce—Andy is not free to open his heart to anyone.   For six years, Andy has been raising his son alone and he’s had no problems keeping his marital vows—that is, until he meets Jolene Keim. 

Jolene knew love once upon a time as well. At nineteen, she was set to marry the love her life.  Then, tragedy struck. Jolene’s parents were killed in a terrible accident and Jolene stepped in as a parent to her siblings.  The problem is that her beau wasn’t ready for a ready-made family and he and Jolene ended up splitting up.

Jolene thought she would never love again, until she met Andy.  She assumes that he is simply a widow.  Once his situation comes to light—Jolene and Andy both try to put some distance between each other so that no one in the community can accuse them of adultery.

Unfortunately, some busy-body sticks her nose in where it doesn’t belong and nearly shatters the reputations of these two.  It seems hopeless.   This romance is simply forbidden.  In the eyes of the community and of God, Andy is married.   Will Andy and Jolene be able to resist one another or will they put their faith and trust in the Lord? 
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What do you think?

What do you think about Andy’s situation? Do you think it is fair that a spouse is unable to remarry if his partner walks out on him? Do you agree that he should be held to his vows or do you think divorce should be allowed in these circumstances? 


Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author who has written six novels, three novellas, and Plain Wisdom, a work of nonfiction coauthored with her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. She’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life.

I received Seasons of Tomorrow as a complimentary gift in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review. My comments and opinions are my own.

2 Responses to “A Love Undone: An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing Grace ”

  1. This looks really good!! So doesn't seem fair that she left him and oh well for him.....gonna have to read it to see how it turns out;)