Amish woman Rosanna Zook lost her self-confidence within the confines of a loveless and abusive marriage. In the years spent quietly dealing with her burdens and dutifully caring for others, she forgot her sense of self and ability to feel. But after her first husband’s untimely death, she gets a second chance with Reuben Troyer, a godly man who welcomes Rosanna and her two children into his life.
Despite the love and respect she finds in her new marriage, Rosanna soon learns that juggling the demands of her family and church community is more than she can handle. When Rosanna becomes ill, she is forced to confront a hard truth: one empty cup cannot fill another. For a woman who has spent her life giving, will Rosanna finally be able to let go and receive?
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About the Author
The author of more than two dozen novels, Sarah Price brings her twenty-five years of experience of living among the Amish to her books, many of which have been Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers. Her recent title First Impressions: An Amish Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice debuted in the ECPA Christian Fiction Top 25 Bestseller List a month after publication.
Price has family roots in the same region of rural Pennsylvania where many of her stories are set; the Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705 and settled in the state along with the area’s first wave of Mennonites. Born into a Mennonite family, Price has firsthand experience with the culture and religion of both the Mennonites and the Amish. Her grandparents first introduced her to the world of the Amish in 1978, and since then Price has visited and even lived among different Amish communities in Lancaster County.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a thoroughly interesting book this was! It is so very different than the usual Amish fare available to readers. An Empty Cup deals with issues that are hard to tackle. People don’t necessarily want to talk about depression or mental illness in a community setting such as the Amish. But that does not mean it does not exist. The author handles the story with grace and manages to set the stage for a very emotionally moving and uplifting tale. As I watched Rosanna take on more and more, struggling with feeling unseen and uncared for, I felt myself experiencing the same despondency she herself was falling into. I was very impressed by the author’s ability to write a story that made me want to continue to turn the pages, hoping for a happy resolution, while being able to convey the hopelessness that had become Rosanna’s life. This book was full of interesting characters and situations. It is not just a cut and dry piece of fiction. There were many levels to the people I met in these pages. Digging in and figuring out all of the complexities to this book took me on a thoughtful journey. I enjoyed this story and especially liked the last third of the book, as things began to finally fall into place in Rosanna’s life. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Rosanna Zook is a survivor. For years she has been married to a horrid and abusive husband, Timothy Zook. It seems like Rosanna cannot do anything right and, to make matters worse, Timothy is indolent and he is far from being what a proper Amish man is expected to be. They have two children, Aaron and Cate. After years have passed, Rosanna is now remarried to a good and godly man by the name of Reuben Troyer. Being the broken (but strong) creature that she is, Rosanna never expected to fall in love again let alone open her heart to another man. It seems like Reuben is the complete and total opposite of Timothy, treating Cate and Aaron as lovingly as he possibly can. Reuben owns a harness shop where he works tirelessly to provide Amish as well as Englische (non-Amish) with harnesses and saddles. When Reuben hires a young woman from a New York Amish community by the name of Nan, things go downhill for Rosanna. Nan, who is an eccentric and pushy young woman, is working for Reuben in order to help his business run more efficiently. Reuben plans to take more time off and to spend more time with Rosanna. After Nan arrives, it's almost as if Reuben becomes another man. He works long hours and it's almost as if he ignores Rosanna completely. Cate deserts her mother to go work in Reuben's shop and leaves poor Rosanna with all of that work to do. Another problem that Rosanna is are Gloria and her daughter Camille. They are possibly two of the most annoying people in the world. Rosanna's dog has a habit of wandering into their yard and Gloria begins to kick up a big fuss about it. With all of the stresses that Rosanna is facing, she almost has a mental breakdown. Will Rosanna ever have the courage to speak up? Will she dare to speak her mind? Sarah Price's “An Empty Cup” is definitely not your usual Amish-centered fiction. This wasn't some bright sparking story about a young Amish lass who falls in love with a strapping young man. Far from it. This is a story of resilience and strength. This is a story about suffering and the toll abuse can take on someone as loving and kind as Rosanna Zook. I liked this story in the fact that there was a dark element to it. There was mystery in regards to the different characters and even some unforeseen twists. There were a couple times when I wondered where the story was going as there didn't seem a clear path. The characters were very well written. I found Gloria, Camille, and Nan insufferable. Each of them was insufferable in their own way. Gloria and Camille were just plain nasty. Nan was just a know-it-all. While reading this, I thought to myself, "Why doesn't she just speak up?" This was a really fun read and I enjoyed it immensely. It gave some insight into what it is like to be an Amish woman and the struggles that women in such a community face. If there was a moral to this story, I think it would be: Don't be afraid to speak up. Two can shoulder the burden better than one. Reviewed by the Merry Wife of Windsor. **www.MerryWifeofWindsor.com**