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A Joyful Break (Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book One)
     

A Joyful Break (Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book One)

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by Diane Craver
 

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After her mother's untimely death, a twenty-year-old Amish woman has a difficult decision to make: Choose to break from her Plain community and her boyfriend to live in the English world permanently...or instead join the Amish church.

Rachel Hershberger wants to get away from her Amish home in Fields Corner, Ohio. For a year she's been trying to fill her

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After her mother's untimely death, a twenty-year-old Amish woman has a difficult decision to make: Choose to break from her Plain community and her boyfriend to live in the English world permanently...or instead join the Amish church.

Rachel Hershberger wants to get away from her Amish home in Fields Corner, Ohio. For a year she's been trying to fill her mother's shoes by taking care of her father and siblings. She quit her job at the bakery so she would have more time to clean and cook at home. Before her mother died, Rachel was positive she wanted to marry Samuel Weaver, but now she can't think about wedding plans. She blames her father for her mother's death. If they had installed a phone in their barn or a shanty, her mother might have received medical help in time to save her life. Her mother's death has made Rachel question if she should be baptized and join the church. She wonders if non-Amish women live longer and have less stress. Maybe her forty-four-year old mother would still be alive had she left the Amish lifestyle like her sister Carrie did.

When her Aunt Carrie invites her to go to the beach, Rachel decides the time away will help her to decide whether to join the Amish church or to live in the English world. She is conflicted because she loves Samuel and her family. Instead of a relaxing time away, several disturbing events happen while Rachel's in Florida. A photographer snaps troublesome pictures of Rachel because of her famous senator uncle, and a handsome and charming college student falls in love with Rachel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781479372720
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,010,425
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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A Joyful Break (Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book One) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'A Joyful Break' is a wonderful story of how a young woman takes a break from the Amish life, to see if she wants to join the Amish church and marry the man of her dreams.  She experiences life outside the faith, to see what she wants out of life.  The author did an amazing amount of research for this book, and really gets to the core of what an Amish youth goes through, searching for their identity to find their future and faith.  I truly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to others.  Great job, Ms. Craver!!!  I'm looking forward to book #2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down. Excellent book to read.
sueleech47 More than 1 year ago
Diane Craver writes a story here in A Joyful Break that will take you into a lifestyle of mixed feelings and a future of what should be done next. Amish stories has always held my interest but
Anonymous 8 months ago
Best Amish book I have read in a long while. Made me want to find their town and move there to be their neighbors. The story shows how Amish have some of the very same problems that we have to deal with.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Very enjoyable story. ***esk 02/2017***
Anonymous 9 months ago
Excellent read and highly recommended This book is so very different than any other Amish themed books I've read. In this one, Rachel has never joined the church and and is questioning if she wants to. Samuel, her boyfriend, who wants her to join the church so they can be married, tries to be understanding. He knows Rachel is going through a most difficult time. Her grandparents were killed when their buggy was hit by a driver who was texting and one month later her mother had a fatal heart attack. In addition to this heart wrenching loss Rachel now has the responsibility for her younger siblings and all the housework since her father is not coping well his wife's. Rachel blames her father for not getting a phone where medical help could have been summoned quickly and possibly saving her mother and not having a phone is another part where she is questioning her religion. Because she has always had a desire to see the ocean and feel sand on her feet her aunt who left the Amish way before she joined the church takes her and her cousins to the beach. From here on many things happen which challenge her feelings -- her aunt's husband is a senator and press follow him and the family everywhere. A man needing money photographs her walking on the beach and begins taking many photographs without her knowledge. He is aware he will be paid well when he sells the photographs b/c of her relationship to the senator. Unfortunately for Rachel, he is like many in the business today as he does not bother to obtain the facts and prints the headlines over the pictures which distort what Rachel and a friend are really doing causing potential problems for Rachel at home if Samuel sees the pictures. This part of the story was written so well I surprised myself at the response I had to his invasion of her privacy even knowing I was reading fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful book. I recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an interesting and relaxing read, recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wonderful story is about a 20 year old Amish lady's quest to hear if God wants her to continue to be Amish (be baptised & join the Amish Church), or leave the Plaiin Life. I recommend you read it to find out what happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the mixture of amish, and english makes for a good story line. A very inspiring book, a must read.
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Relaxing read in a typical amish story format
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story except for two things. The writing was a bit too simplistic. And no one from NC says going to Outer Banks. It is always going to THE Outer Banks. That just kept jumping out to me. Lol
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I found the book good, but I felt it lacking as a real Amish book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable story
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virgilenne More than 1 year ago
This book takes an Amish young lady out of her environment with her loving Englisher family by her side and show her how to either live or visit this world we live in. YOu have to admire her spunk on issues that confuse her. I really enjoyed reading this book.