Thursday, July 26, 2012
Book Review Arms of Love by Kelly Long
It might seem strange that a guy is reviewing this book. My wife loves everything Amish, and I enjoy history so Arms of Love looked like something we both could enjoy. From a historical standpoint, this was an interesting book, not something I've come across much when studying history. The Amish fiction books written usually don't get into the very beginnings of the Amish in America. The love story part of it was hard for me to get into, just not my thing. But I can see that someone who enjoys historical fiction with a good love story mixed in would enjoy Arms of Love. Author Kelly Long is a talented writer, and her characters were solid.
From the back cover:
The year is 1777. America is in turmoil. And Amish life is far different than today.
Pennsylvania in the late 18th century, once called William Penn’s Woods, was an assortment of different faiths living together for the first time in American history. Included in this tapestry was a small and struggling population called Amish.
Surrounding this peaceful people were unavoidable threats: both Patriots and the British were pillaging land and goods for the sake of the war, young Amishmen were leaving the faith to take up arms and defend freedom. A simple walk in the untamed forests could result in death, if not from bullet or arrow, then from an encounter with a wild animal.
Amid this time of tumult, Adam Wyse is fighting a personal battle. To possibly join the war efforts and leave his faith, which would mean walking away from the only woman he’s ever loved: Lena Yoder. But for that love he’s made a promise that may keep them apart permanently.
When Adam withdraws from Lena, she’s forced to turn to his brother, Isaac, for support. Must Lena deny her heart’s desire to save Adam’s soul? And will life in this feral and primitive New World be more than this peace-keeping people can withstand?