Arms of Love by Kelly Long
Amish fiction is not always my favorite genre. But, I was pleasantly surprised by Arms of Love.
Unlike most Amish fiction, this novel was set during the Revolutionary War. Instead of focusing primarily on a couple that was Amish and could not work out their relationship because of difficulties within their faith or on a couple with one Amish and one non Amish member struggling to be together, Arms of Love focused instead on the plight of the Pacifist during the war and on the cycle of family abuse.
Adam and Lena have been in love for a long time and everyone assumes they will one day marry. But, when Lena's dying mother persuades Adam to make her a difficult promise, their relationship must end.
I really enjoyed the colonial times setting in the novel. There was quite a bit of historical background here about the time and the role of the Amish. The characters of Adam and Lena were strong and interesting, and there were several compelling secondary characters and story lines also.
There were a few times in reading the story that I was frustrated by the things conspiring to keep our hero and heroin apart. And there were a few situations that I found unbelievable and not really flowing with the rest of the story. I wanted to hurry the tale along in a few places.
But, I really enjoyed the read. I liked the distinct flavor that set this Amish fiction apart from some that I have read. I enjoyed the struggles and dramas and relationships between the characters. There is also a Bible study at the end of the novel that does a very good job of exploring some of the deeper themes from the reading.
I give it a 4 out of 5 stars and a PG rating (for some violence and references to married life).
I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze for review purposes. All opinions are entirely my own.