Beyond Hope’s Valley by Tricia Goyer
We join Marianna Sommers who is returning to Indiana after moving to Montana to help her family. Marianna is returning with her intended, Aaron Zook. As she returns to Indiana, something she thought she wanted, things aren’t the same; her brother, Levi, has returned to the Amish faith, and is marrying Naomi and they are having a baby.
While everyone should be happy with Levi’s return, since Naomi is pregnant and they are unmarried, not everyone is embracing them. Also, Marianna isn’t the same since she’s been in Montana, and wonders if she can deal with the prying eyes and firm ways of her Indiana community. Her heart still feels conflicted, not only by the two men who occupy her thoughts, but by all she’s learned about her faith. Can she resolve the woman she’s become with the Amish woman she longs to be?
Marianna also has some truths to learn about a child and a relationship in the past that will impact her feelings. There are some tender moments between Marianna’s parents that will warm your heart and you will see the love that allowed them to endure losing their two daughters.
I have to admit I was surprised by the ending, but loved the book nonetheless. This book is a story about following your heart, even if it seems as though it may be the hardest thing to do. Beyond Hope’s Valley is a must read today, and I think I may have to savor it again.
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