Along Wooded Paths: A Big Sky Novel

Along Wooded Paths: A Big Sky Novel

by Tricia Goyer


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All she wanted was a simple Amish life . . . But now Marianna Sommer finds herself depending on Englisch neighbors. Although proud of living apart from the world, she and her newly relocated Amish family have discovered that life in the remote mountains of Montana requires working together.

As Marianna begins helping those different from herself-and receiving their help-her heart contemplates two directions. She's torn between the Amish man from Indiana whom she has long planned on marrying and the friendly Englischer who models a closer walk with God than she's ever seen before.

Who should have young Marianna's heart? What is God asking her to sacrifice? Her traditions? Her community? The answer is found along the wooded paths.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781718759213
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/20/2018
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 322,507
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Tricia Goyer is a God-centered and passionate author with a detail-focused approach to her unique blend of writing. A prolific writer, she's published over 70 books, including Walk It Out: The Radical Result of Living God's Word One Step at a Time. This USA-Today Best-selling Author has also won a two Carol Awards and a Retailer's Best Award. She was also an ECPA Gold-Medallion Nominee and a Christy Award Nominee. Tricia and her husband John live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They are the parents of ten children and four grandchildren.

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Along Wooded Paths: A Big Sky Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
TheReadersCove More than 1 year ago
Surrounded by remote mountains in Montana, where the Amish and ¿Englich¿ mingle, Marianna¿s heart is pulled in two directions. Aaron offers a secure love within the realms of the Amish faith. Ben, an ¿Englicher¿, has shown Marianna¿s new ways to draw close to God. His kindness to her family and others is deeply valued. He offers his heart and a simple life. This is a delightful story, filled with the struggles of young love and the consequences of choice and accountability. It is one of closed doors opened to serve one another in a closed knot community. The characters are well rounded, full of emotion, and there is plenty of adventure to keep the pages turning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ended on a cliffhanger, did not like that, but the book was free. I will not buy anymore from the series.
whit1306 More than 1 year ago
This book was enjoyable. I like how she writes and enjoy this story line very much! I am excited to read the next one to see who Marianna chooses for her husband. Thanks Tricia for sharing your talent with us!
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Along Wooded Paths A Big Sky Novel impressed me with the depth of knowledge the author had and conveyed of Amish traditions and ways. Unlike novels set in traditional locations, this one plays out in Colorado. The heroine is so believable as she struggles to find her way with her God, her life, and her way to love. A talent for description adds to the ambiance of the story and provides a beautiful setting for the characters, all of whom are extremely believable. I ached for Marianna as she searched for her answers - and loved her for her very human feelings and choices.
Paula77 More than 1 year ago
Having lived in southern Maryland for five years in an Amish area, this book took me back. I liked the insider look at the Amish and the struggle they have with the outside world kept me turning pages. The specific faith issues were intriguing. I had never considered how contact between the Englisch and Amish might bring up questions of faith.
Sugarpeach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't stop thinking how stunning this novel is! I love it. It doesn't romanticize the Amish people, but instead portrays them with their weaknesses and struggles. I read that Amish people don't favor bonnet fiction much because they are usually portrayed as super holy with hardly any problems. This book certainly doesn't do that. Marianna is in her rumschpringe and is somewhat more "liberal" than the Amish in her hometown. She mixes and befriends her Englisch co-workers and neighbors. She helps them and learns about God from her experiences with them. Since she is human too like all of us, she also makes mistakes.Along Wooded Paths is the second book in the Big Sky Amish series. It can be read as a stand-alone. There was only one part where I got a little confused. Marianna writes letters to someone name June-Sevenies. I wish there was a slight note about who this June-Sevenies is. There is a third book in this Big Sky Amish series - Beyond Hopes Valley. It is high on my TBR list; I cannot wait to read it. There is a short teaser chapter of Beyond Hopes Valley in Along Wooded Paths and I was surprise to learn that it isn't uncommon for Amish girls to get pregnant before they're married. I've never knew this was the case and am certainly looking forward to reading the novel because it will probably give more information about the real Amish life.I've read many praises for Tricia Goyer books but I didn't really thought her book would be this good! After reading Along Wooded Paths, it is clear why her books are acclaimed. Her writing style and the way she develops the plot makes the reader want to read more and more and more. The emotions and problems of the characters are real and as a reader, I felt them keenly. I will definitely be reading more of Goyer's books.
khiemstra631 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is book two in a trilogy although I read it first and have no read the first book. (I feel no burning desire to do so at this point.) I saw the book on OverDrive and thought it sounded good so I downloaded it. It's not the typical Amish romance novel because it takes place in Montana in a group of Amish who moved there from Indiana. Because they are a small group, they have much more interaction with their English neighbors than is typically true in larger Amish settlements. In this case, an Englisher named Ben has led the main character, Marianna Sommer, into a closer relationship with the Lord. However, Marianna's "fiance", Aaron Zook, shows up unexpectedly from Indiana and is involved in an automobile accident on his way from the train station to Marianna's house. He ends up spending several weeks with the Sommers family while he recuperates. In the end Marianna is forced to choose between Ben and Aaron. There is a small sample of the third book in the trilogy, and I will say that I feel a definite need to read that installment to find out what will happen next. This is a refreshing change from the usual Amish novel that one encounters so frequently because the characters have all sorts of problems and issues in their lives.
BrokenTeepee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of a trilogy; I reviewed the first, Beside Still Waters and enjoyed meeting the characters. In this second chapter Marianna Sommer finds herself in Montana living in an Amish community that lives comfortably with its Englisch neighbors. This would be nigh on impossible back in her home of Indiana but in Montana all must work together to survive. She also finds a new way to find God that goes against what she has been taught from birth.Marianna has strong feelings for an Englisch man but to leave her community goes against everything she believes in. Her suitor from Indiana has arrived to try and encourage her to return to the cabin he has lovingly built for her. His driver had an accident bringing him to her house and his leg is broken and he now needs to recuperate before he can return home.How will Marianna choose between the two men that pull at her heart?This book picks up where Beside Still Waters left off but can easily be read stand alone. Marianna learns more about herself and her relationship with her God as she decides which of her two beaus will be the man for her. The book is easy to read and the story is enjoyable. The interaction of the Amish and Englisch are interesting to read about and Marianna's growth is slow and real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish all people would see no difference between people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this sweet story. esk 03/2016
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read Amish story. Conflict and companionship between the Amish and the Englisher.
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Grammageri More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in a series, the first being BESIDE STILL WATERS. The book's main character is Marianna Sommers. She is Amish but has grown to love her new neighbors in Montana. She has become very fond of Ben, an English man who introduced her to God and music. But she still has feelings for Aaron, an Amish man that she always thought she would marry. To complicate things, Aaron travels to Montana to see her and has an accident and must stay with her and her family while he heals. Both Ben and Aaron care for her deeply. But Ben walks away to keep from hurting her but they are both missing each other so much. You can just feel Marianne's heart hurting as she tried to do the right thing, to obey God in her decision. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the third book to come out so I can see who she marries. If you love reading sweet, Amish love stories, you will not be disappointed in this one. Also, reading the first in a series is always a good idea not mandatory for this series. I would like to thank B& H Publishers for giving me a complementary copy of this book to read and review honestly.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series, and you do not have needed to have read the first one to enjoy this book, but I would recommend you do. Marianna continues to strengthen her relationship with God. Her boyfriend Aaron arrives in Montana, with a broken leg from an accident that happened on his way there. He ends up staying with the Sommers, and makes Marianna questioning her relationships in both the English and Amish worlds. I loved the heart of the people of this small town, they seem to be there for people in need. There are some questions answered in this book as to whom Marianna will end up....Aaron or Ben? Also what happens to Levi, and what has been bothering Mam. A very enjoyable read! I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher, and was not required to give a positive review.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Along a Wooded Path by Tricia Goyer is the second book in the Big Sky series about Marianna Sommer who moved with her family from Indiana to an Amish community in Montana to start anew. At the end of Beside Still Waters, the previous book, Marianna had decided to stay in Montana and continue enjoying the new depth of her relationship with God, despite her growing feelings for Englischer, Ben. Aaron, the man Marianna left behind in Indiana, decides to head to Montana and determine whether she still loves him and will return with him to the house he built with her in mind. Shortly after his arrival, Aaron is in a car accident that leaves him with a broken leg and forced to live with the Sommer family and rely upon their mercy. While there, he can't help but notice Marianna's comfortableness with working outside the home, as well as her relationship with Ben. Goyer does a terrific job at keeping readers guessing in this romance. In many romances, it's obvious who the heroine should choose, but here it's not so obvious. Both Aaron and Ben are good men with genuine feelings for Marianna, but if she should choose Ben, it means leaving behind her whole way of life and family. Marianna's choice will not be an easy one, and with the shocking revelation at the end of this story, Goyer will have readers highly anticipating the next book in the series.
GreenIDMama More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read, from Tricia Goyer. I had to put an other book down, to read this particular book, due to a review date. I had only read a page or two the night before; before I sat down and read around half the book the next morning before my husband woke up. So this book was a great joy. Not sure why, but when my husband woke up I was glad to have just noticed that I was almost half done with the book. This book was so well written that it just flowed, like water while I read it. I was just relaxed as could be to be sitting with this book. I was glad to have the quite time to sit and read, this heart felt story. I think that most all of us have that thought of what do I do. Do we do what is right by following tradition, or do we follow our hearts and see what might or might not happen?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though this is a sequel to another book, I started with this one, and didn't feel like I was missing any part of the story. It's an easy read that I didn't want to put down until I was finished. You really feel the struggle this young Amish girl is going through in trying to decide which she should follow--heart or head.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thics is the best western i have every read.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Aaron or Ben, who is God leading Marianna to spend the rest of her life with Marianna Sommer is still in Montana helping her family, at least that's what she says. She is really trying to figure out where she belongs, in Indiana with Aaron Zook or in Montana with Ben. Ben, an Englischer, has led her to believe differently about God but she still plans to stay Amish. Things get even more complicated when Aaron shows up in Montana unexpectedly. Marianna finds out by hearing than an Amish man was in an accident and is hurt in the hospital, his name is Aaron Zook and he's from Indianna. Marianna's dad gets him out of the hospital and Aaron is now staying with them, his leg is in a cast and he won't be able to walk for several weeks, and taking her bedroom. Now she has both of the men she thinks she loves in the same town and finds her heart changing daily, if not more often. Who will Marianna end up with? She feels like she really does love Ben but unless he becomes Amish it will be impossible to marry him. Then there's the days she feels that connection with Aaron that can't be broken and she's known him her whole life and has always planned on marrying him. Tricia did a really good job keeping me in suspense on this one, and I have a feeling with the book ending as it did that things may change in the third book, "Beyond Hope's Valley". Way to leave us hanging! Anyone that likes Amish Fiction should read this series, I think you would really enjoy it.
ReenaJacobs More than 1 year ago
I didn’t realize it at the time, but Along Wooded Path was actually the second book in the series. I have to admit, I did feel like I was starting the story in the middle of something. At times I wasn’t quite clear on why the characters were separated in two different states. Eventually, enough details were given throughout the book, that Along Wooded Path acted almost as a standalone novel. In fact, I don’t see myself going back to read the prior book, yet I am looking forward to the next work in the series. So I mentioned almost a standalone novel. Along Wooded Path ended with an unfinished story. I’d expected everything to be wrapped up in the epilogue… a happily ever after feel. Instead, the epilogue ended with the next day with a very open-ended feel to it. How do the characters fare? Do they go through with their plans? And what happened with the losing guy? I guess I’ll find out with the next book. As far as the story line it self, interesting. The entire work kept me intrigue. I never knew whom Marianna would choose as her beau. Would it be Ben, the man who captured her heart? or Aaron, the safe choice? In most romances, one might say Ben, hands down. True love trumps all right? But when taking into account an Amish life, the choice isn’t nearly as clear, especially since Marianna had no intention of giving up her Amish ways, and Ben was a musician. Anyway, you’ll have to find out for yourself what her decision was. Most my issues with Along Wooded Path were more technical. For instance, the writing style was a little repetitious at times, and I hoped Ms. Goyer would move on with the story. I’m not sure if I became so engrossed in the story or Ms. Goyer did indeed slow down with the repetition, but the further I read, the less noticeable it became. I also wondered if the author worked hard to meet a particular word count. A good portion of the book included letters the main characters wrote to others. Personally, I didn’t find the letters moved the story forward, just reiterated events which had occurred. Filler. Other than those small items, I enjoyed the read. Like I said, I look forward to reading the next in the series. As a side note: Though I received the ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a review, I was surprised at the number of errors (typos, putting the wrong name, spelling). It would be interesting to compare the final copy with the Galley.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After her older brother chose the Englisher world over his Amish roots, eighteen years old Marianna Sommer's father decides to move the rest of the family from Indiana to Montana. Marianna had a choice, but with her mom pregnant, she left behind her beau Aaron Zook to travel with her family to Big Sky country (see Beside Still Waters). While Aaron writes letters to her he never sends he tries courting Naomi. Marianna and her family find the mountainous environs forces them to be more involved with their Englisch neighbors than they did back in Indiana. She even works with Annie an Englischer friend at the store where both groups intermingle. She also has begun to fall in love with Ben the Englischer who is more attuned to God than her Amish family, but unacceptable by her father who has lost one offspring to the outside world. The second Big Sky Amish tale is a fascinating novel that asks philosophical religious questions as to whether the Lord delineates in lifestyles between groups who adhere with their hearts and souls in God's words. The support cast is solid but this is Marianna's tale as she is caught between the Amish desires of her parents who prefer Aaron or any Amish for their daughter and her feelings for an Englisher that clearly has God first in his heart and soul. Although Ben's feelings for God complicate the difficulty of Marianna's family rejecting him, it also simplifies her potential for accepting him. Regardless readers will enjoy Tricia Goyer's thought provoking tale of whether walking with God is enough to cross man-made cultural biases. Harriet Klausner
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
If you have read any Amish fiction, then you know based on the Amish lifestyle and principles that most Amish that stay within their church communities, marry other Amish people. However when one Amish family decides to move to Montana, they find themselves working side by side with Englisch neighbors. It is here that the readers of Tricia Goyer's latest novel, Along Wooded Paths, find themselves at the beginning of this story. This is the second book in the Amish Big Sky series with the first being, Beside Still Waters, where the Sommer family has moved to Montana to start a new lifestyle yet in the process separates Marianna from Aaron Zook who was hoping to being a courtship with her before she left. Now their relationship survives on what letters they write to one another and just when Marianna was going to move back to Indiana, she changed her mind and stayed with her family, who needed her help. During the time apart, Aaron has tried to forget Marianna and tried seeing another local girl Naomi, but deep down inside, Aaron has his heart set on Marianna. He has been writing her since she has gone, but has never sent the letters. He hopes that he can win her heart again if he heads to Montana to see her and give her all his letters face to face. Marianna has a confusing lifestyle, she lives in the Amish community but works with Annie, an Englisch woman at the store/bakery where she has been enjoying seeing both worlds mix together. In the process she has grown to see her heart fall in love with Ben, an Englischer who walks with the Lord in all he says and does, more so than most of the Amish around her. But Marianna's family does not want her to give up her Amish ways, but does God only love the Amish or can God have other plans for her with Ben? I received Along Wooded Paths by Tricia Goyer compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and since reading Beside Still Waters I wondered how the next book would play out with the Englischers. I was not disappointed and even though I had read the prior book, anyone can read this one as a stand alone. The question about where the religious beliefs of the English play into how the Amish view them is up for grabs in this book. Does God see a difference between the two who place God first in their lives and try to live according to His word. To find out, you'll have to pick up this latest Amish book and see who wins Marianna's heart after all? Will she stay true to her Amish ways or will a God-loving English man show win her heart? I rate this one a perfect 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait for the next one!