The Wonder of Your Love will bring tears of sorrow and joy to your eyes as you follow Katie Ann Stoltzfus, a widowed Amish woman raising a child while in her forties. She had lost her husband, Ivan, to another woman which was shameful enough but even more shameful was that the woman was an Englisch (non Amish) woman. Then, she lost him forever when he died in a car accident. Her son would never know his father, and all hopes Katie Ann had of getting Ivan back were shattered.
While attending a wedding, Katie Ann meets Eli Detweiler. He had also lost a spouse. His wife, Sarah, passed away seventeen years earlier. It is customary for a widower to remarry after losing a wife, but Eli didn't think he would ever find one who could hold a candle to his Sarah. So, Eli did the unthinkable (according to the Amish), he raised their six children alone. This gave Eli an extra gentleness most Amish men do not have. This both intrigued and scared Katie Ann.
Time between Katie Ann and Eli allowed for friendship, but could there ever be more? Eli was done raising children. He was ready to travel and enjoy a slower pace of having no one to care for except himself. While Katie Ann was in the beginning stages of raising a baby boy on her own with no man in the house to help her or set a good example for her son. Do their own personal plans fall in line with God's plans?
Beth Wiseman has a deep affection for the Amish and it shows in her writing. She opens a door to a secret life that has been shut for us Englischers. We can live in their world, experience their lives of heartache, and dream their dreams of love.
This is a great book. I didn't want it to end. I kept hoping for more pages to suddenly appear at the end to keep the story going. It isn't at all what I imagined it to be. It is SO MUCH BETTER!
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