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posted by simplyjewels on January 15, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Distracted by Inconsistencies
"Croppy" should be "crappie" since they are discussing fishing. A "croppy" is a late 18th Century term for an Irish insurrectionist.
There is an incident mentioned about M.K. having "long conversations" with a dog that had a walkie-talkie hidden under his collar. How could M.K. have a two-way conversation over a walkie-talkie if she was not holding down the button on the device when talking back?
Concerning practices inconsistent with the majority of Amish communities, I understand that each community has it's own rules and some are stricter than others. However, it would lend a good deal of credence to Fisher's claim to knowledge of the Amish ways if she prefaced some out-of-the-norm things by saying something like, "even though many communities did not accept the use of _______, Julia's bishop had granted the local families permission to __________________."
For instance, the Lapp's refrigerator is a subject of much talk in these early pages. Since most Amish shun electricity, it would be wise for Fisher to either use some sort of explanatory sentence as I've suggested above or to just make it an ice box and eliminate the seemingly inconsistent idea. Another option would be for Fisher to explain that it is a gas-powered refrigerator. I suppose this may seem petty, but it's distracting...or maybe I'm just in a "mood". :)
Another thing that didn't fit with Amish customs, was the fact that everyone in Julia's life seemed to know about her relationship with Paul. It is very common for an "engaged" couple to keep their upcoming wedding plans a secret from even the closest family members until shortly before the wedding when their intentions are "published" for all the community to see. Not only did Julia's sister, Sadie, know about her "boyfriend", her little sister M.K. and her father knew as well. Then, to make it even less believable, Uncle Hank mentioned it when he came to visit.
I will also note that I had my suspicions about this story from the first time I saw the heavily made-up "Amish girl" on the cover. I suppose it's possible that the heavy eye makeup, blush and lipstick were okayed by her bishop. However, that is inconsistent with most Amish practices, and is actually inconsistent with the story itself. In the first couple of pages, this book's main character guiltily used a mirror to "vainly" check her face. Why would she feel so guilty about the vanity of checking herself in the mirror if she wore such a ridiculous amount of makeup to begin with?
As I said earlier, I really do think this book has the potential of being a moderately good Amish fiction story. It just needs some serious thought and care put into either explaining things that don't seem to line up, or researching the facts and writing truth. I've read a lot of Amish fiction and have studied the cultur
posted by lostinavalon on January 11, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 30, 2012
I enjoyed this book. I guess i was expecting more amish influence. I think i was expecting more references to amish customs and beliefs. I got the feeling that it could have been from any Christian family, not just amish. Don't get me wrong, it is a good book, just not what i expectedWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 10, 2012
Good, hard to put down
I just recently got into the "Amish style books" for lack of a better term; When I was younger I could never get into books themed in the Amish lifestyle but I have begun to find it a fun read and interesting topic to discuss and learn about. And this book is a great example as to why I have begun reading more of these type of books. And like any other book, or most books you begin to like this character more than another character, you really don't like that character, etc. I say this because almost right off the bat I didn't like Julia or Paul Fisher. Julia seemed to be basing her happiness on marrying Paul. I do give sympathy and do understand being emotional when your fiance postpones the wedding (even if it is a valid reason); but when he does it twice, for a grey area reason and gives "i don't know's for answers, red flag girl! Break off the wedding and go your separate ways. That was a big turn off for me. I was always taught that you need to learn to be happy on your own before you get into a relationship. That you cannot depend on a man to keep you happy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I didn't like Paul because he seemed too impressionable by other family (mainly his mother) and friends opinions. It seemed impossible for him to make a choice or decision on his own. Yes you should take the opinions of those you trust the most seriously but you are the one to make the final choice at the end. He didn't have enough backbone for me. He did seem very sweet and kind, and he seemed to truly care for Julia but he didn't seem to be ready for marriage-especially to Julia.
Uncle Hank bugged me too, he seemed very self involved and didn't seem to care that one of the main reasons why Paul "postponed" the wedding-again, was because of his stint almost a month ago. Uncle Hanks feelings were pretty much "oh well, you're better off"...which may be true, but show a little compassion!
I do like Julia's siblings. They were very sweet, funny, caring and thoughtful.
I love how the author brought the characters to life, brought realism to the character not just words on a page. The siblings in the book were very realistic, I grew up with one younger sister and two older and I could see siblings doing and/or saying what they did. At times I felt she got a bit wordy but she holds your attention throughout the entire book. And since I found out this book IS part of a series I definitely am going to keep my eyes open for the rest of the books. I really enjoyed her writing style and look forward to reading more of her books:)