One of the greatest joys in my life as a reader and an author is finding a book that I cannot put down. From the perspective of a reader, it means the book has a great (and well told) storyline. From the perspective of an author, it means it’s well written and, if about the Amish, it’s authentic.
Patricia Davids’ new release, The Wish, fits the bill.
I have always enjoyed reading Patricia’s books. She’s one of the few authors of Amish fiction that I really enjoy. This book, however, is different from the other books of hers that I have read.
First, the storyline is more than just a “story.” There are layers to it that make it more interesting than usual. The young widow Laura Beth Yoder is very real as an Amish woman. Her thoughts and actions mirror many Amish women that I personally know rather well. The gentleman, Joshua King, is also very real…full of doubts and issues with self-esteem stemming from some personal issues that I won’t disclose. Yes, there’s a romance between the two.
But, for me, that’s not what was most compelling about The Wish. Both characters have flaws and those flaws center around faith. Not just in God but in themselves. Life has not been easy for either of them and they need to find their faith in God’s plan as well as in their own inner strength to grow.
I loved this about the book. I believe that readers of this genre are often spoonfed formula fiction by many authors. Girl meets boy. There’s a conflict. They overcome it. There’s a (silly) misunderstanding. 🙄 They overcome it. But that’s not how REAL people—and REAL Amish—live. Readers deserve a more realistic look into the lives of Amish. Additionally, romance should not always be reserved for the young 19 or 20 year old Amish woman.
I really feel as if Patricia Davids reaches a whole new level with this book. She was great before, mind you. One of my favorites. But The Wish is so amazingly insightful and—dare I say it again?—real! Any reader of Amish fiction who does not preorder this book (due for release on April 30) will be missing out on one of the best Amish fiction books I’ve read this year.
Sarah Price is the author of the Plain Fame series and the Amish of Ephrata series, among other books. She comes from a long line of devout Mennonites, and her writing reflects accurate and authentic stories based upon her own experiences with several Amish communities. Visit her at sarahpriceauthor.com and on Facebook.