Daybreak: The Days of Redemption Series, Book 1

Overview

In this close-knit Amish family, nothing is as perfect as it seems . . .

When Viola Keim starts working at a nearby Mennonite retirement home, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with resident Atle, whose only living relative, son Edward, is living as a missionary in Nicaragua. Viola understands the importance of mission work, but she can't imagine leaving her father in the hands of strangers. Even though her family is New Order Amish, it's ...

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Overview

In this close-knit Amish family, nothing is as perfect as it seems . . .

When Viola Keim starts working at a nearby Mennonite retirement home, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with resident Atle, whose only living relative, son Edward, is living as a missionary in Nicaragua. Viola understands the importance of mission work, but she can't imagine leaving her father in the hands of strangers. Even though her family is New Order Amish, it's not the Amish way, and though she doesn't know Ed, she judges him for abandoning his father.

But when Ed surprises his father with a visit, Viola and Ed both discover an attraction they never expected. Despite her feelings, choosing Ed would mean moving to a far-off country and leaving her family behind. She can't do that. Her twin sister, Elsie, is going blind and will need someone to care for her all her life. Her family is reeling with the recent discovery that her grandmother hid her past as an Englischer. Her father seems forgetful and distracted—and to be harboring some secrets of his own.

Does Viola dare leave them all behind and forge her own life? Or will family ties mean her one chance at love slips away?

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Editorial Reviews

Jillian Hart
"Shelley Shepard Gray writes with honesty, tenderness and depth. Her characters are admirable, richly-layered and impossible to forget long after the story is done."
Destination Amish blog
"...a whirlwind of emotions..."
Sherry Gore
"...stirs readers’ hearts with an inspiring story of captivating characters."
Library Journal
Within their New Order Amish community the members of the Keim family are almost revered. That makes life difficult for the members of the younger generation. At 22, Viola Keim has to deal with an alcoholic father, a sister who's going blind, and a newly discovered photograph of her grandmother dressed in an Englisher graduation gown. On top of that, she's sure she'll never find love. Viola starts working at the local retirement home and befriends a resident. Sparks fly when she meets his son, Ed, a missionary in Nicaragua. But pursuing a relationship would mean she'd have to leave her family and everything she's ever known behind. VERDICT This series debut is a pleasant read, marred by characters whose actions seem unbelievable at times. Still, it will appeal to Gray's ("Sisters of the Heart" series) many fans, as well as those who enjoy the Amish fiction of Cindy Woodsmall.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062239679
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Series: The Days of Redemption , #1
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sisters of the Heart, Seasons of Sugarcreek, Secrets of Crittenden County, and Families of Honor series. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

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