When Joel and Shani Beck arrive at their new home, they're looking for peace. Shani is thrilled to have Joel back from Iraq, but he needs time to heal, and the quiet of Lancaster seems just the place. They can't imagine any trouble with their Amish neighbors, the Lehmans, but things get off to a rocky start when their son is involved in an accident that injures one of the Lehman boys.
Eve Lehman has run her brother's household ever since the death of his wife, but Tim's a stern patriarch. Despite his protests, she's drawn to the new neighbor, Shani, and the two begin to form a strong friendship forged on faith and family. Things seem like they've quieted down until Joel's single and handsome army friend Charlie catches Eve's attention--a man unlike any Eve has ever met. Suddenly life for both families becomes more complicated than any of them could have ever imagined.
This was a lovely book, not a memorable book, but a pleasant book to read. It was slightly different that is did focus a lot on the non-Amish family. It was interesting also the way both the Amish and non-Amish families learned from one another and both overcome difficulties thanks to being close neighbours. This is the second book I have read this month which involves PTSD.
All the characters were believable and I could see the author expanding on the characters lives and having sequels to this book. This is the first in a series called "Neighbours of Lancaster County."
Stars out of 5 : 3.5 It was an okay book, nothing overly exciting. A good book to read in a couple of afternoons. It doesn't require a lot of concentration, but you will probably forget about it in a month or two.
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