The words spoken by Aaron Marshall to his lovely wife Kendra were expressions that would haunt her mind countless times throughout the years that followed. "Isn't this place peaceful?" Aaron had whispered softly in her ear. "It makes a person just wish time could stand still right here." Kendra never forgot those words. Perhaps the words on the small weathered tombstone at Hammer Cemetery would have been more accurate. "I once was as you, and you shall be as I." After a fabulous weekend getaway, Kendra and Aaron joined Kendra's parents and younger sister Aimee at Alfaland, a prestigious country farm that held abundant cherished memories for Kendra and her family. What a difference a phone call and five minutes made for Kendra and her entire family when a huge whirling black cloud dropped from the sky and altered their lives forever.
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Alfaland is one of the best books that I have read. It tells a tale of devestation turned to courage and shows how a family's love for oneanother can withstand any tragedy. It is full of suspence while it also captivates the imagination. This is a must read book and one that you just can't put down. If you love tales of love, romance, and family survival then you will love this book.
Kendra Patton, and her younger sister Aimee Sue, grew up at Alfaland, a prestigious country farm in Indiana. The Patton home consisted of one-hundred and eighty-eight acres of pure beauty, with blooming gardens, pools and ponds, and horses that Kendra and Aimee deeply admired. Childhood for the Patton girls was a family album of cherished, loving memories that shined through Alfaland from their parents and relatives, friends, and Amish neighbors. Their religion constituted high morals and values, respect, and love for others. Everyone in the town they lived in admired and respected the Patton family. The abundance of love that Kendra's parents, Byron and Leigh gave to their daughters could be felt through Kendra, Aimee, and Alfaland. At twenty-two years old, Kendra married Aaron, and was expecting her first child. Aimee Sue was in her second year of college, during which time she met the love of her life at a party. Kendra and Aimee were invited to dinner at Alfaland, a day that was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives. The anticipation of Kendra announcing that she was three months pregnant to her first child was overwhelming. The thought of her parents becoming grandparents, and Aimee becoming an Aunt, filled her with an abundance of joy that she no longer could keep a secret. The girls had arrived at Alfaland, and Kendra and Aimee were sharing secrets. Byron and Leigh were preparing dinner, and had just found out that they would soon be grandparents. Aaron was taking in the scenery, so much admiring the love and beauty of Alfaland, smiling at his dog Buster, who also loved the farm. George, who was the Patton's hired helper, was tending to the barn as he always did. Byron and Leigh were shouting to the girls from their outdoor patio to hurry up, so they could all eat dinner, before it begins to rain. Kendra was inside the house, listening intently to Aimee Sue's secret. Aimee had just told Kendra that she was in love with someone. During this time, Aunt Jane called to warn them about a storm coming their way. Within a split-second, a raging tornado attacked Alfaland, changing the lives of the Patton family forever. In the first few chapters of Alfaland, the reader can sense love, happiness, and horror. In a clever way, the author describes beauty to its utmost level, and terror from mother nature in its devastating behavior. The strength of Kendra as described by Susie Honeycutt is a remarkable portrait of inspiration to all readers. The reader can detect love as described in the movie 'Ghost.' The reader can feel the happiness, and sadness as described in the movie 'Love Story.' As one reads through the lives of the Patton family, after the impact of the horrific affects of the tornado, pain and remorse can also be felt. I would recommend this novel to teens as well as adults. The story reveals a crucial fact of how our strength through any unexpected crisis can not only help us, but others as well. The author paints an incredible picture of determination through the lives of the Patton family, after they battle with grief from death, and sadness from loss. The moral of the story lies in the truth that many of us have lived through, and the 'Beatles' made a hit song of it, titled 'All You Need Is Love.'