Ruby Weaver's curly red hair isn't the only thing that sets her apart from her Amish community in 1863. Twenty-eight and single, Ruby doesn't believe a woman needs to be married in order to be happy. Her ailing friend Lovinia Fischer, however, has other ideas and wants Ruby to promise to marry her husband after she dies. Never imagining she'd have to fulfill that vow, Ruby agrees. And she's not the only one. Lovinia has extracted a similar promise from her husband, Gideon.
With both Ruby and Gideon reluctant to keep their promises, a compromise must be reached. Ruby will spend her days with Gideon's family--helping to raise the children and keep the house--but her nights will be spent at her sister's neighboring house. But this arrangement raises eyebrows in their conservative Amish community, and it soon becomes clear that Ruby must make a decision--marry Gideon or turn her back on her friend, the children she's grown to love . . . and their father.
Finished this wonderful book at 3 am this morning and just wow!! Jan Drexler sure knows her stuff!!
Sometimes God has a much much bigger plan outside the box only we just can't see it at the time! Jan puts her characters through some tough times and I loved reading to see how they reacted and if they would turn to God and unload their burdens. I wasn't disappointed! I never am with Jan!
Folks I know unloading your burdens isn't an easy thing to do and I am perfect example of that. Jesus took care of that when He died on the cross for us. For us! Isn't that amazing!
Sunday I was so angry very angry when a family issue happened. And hurt! But Folks I'm gonna hang in there until the Lord returns. If I killed myself it would be unforgivable in God's eyes! Depression is a serious condition.
This story came through because it reminded me of the One who loves us.
I bawled when I finished reading this.
There is love, forgiveness, redemption and so much more!
Ruby reminded me so much of myself!
Keeping everything inside isn't a good thing!
Both Ruby and Gideon are a lot like me!
Stubborn, hardheaded, need I go on?
I wished that Lovinia weren't so rushed off though. I have a heart problem just like her. I would have liked more about her. She seemed like a lovely woman to get to know!
War can do terrible things to people. I can't imagine what they went through and what they have seen. And I dont want to really! I thank each and everyone for their service for our freedom along with the Lord Jesus Christ who is our true freedom Giver!
I strongly recommend this book!!
I hope this can help and bless the next person who picks this book up. You won't be disappointed! I wasn't
My thanks to Netgalley and Revell for a copy of this book. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 inspiration for her stories. Jan lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband of thirty-five years, where she enjoys hiking in the Hills and spending time with their expanding family.