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“Fans of both Amish and inspirational Christian fiction will enjoy this heart-pounding tale of the pain of loss and the joys of love.”
- Publishers Weekly
Mercy is content with her life as an Amish schoolteacher. But when wildfires threaten her Montana home, everything she thought she knew turns upside down.
Mercy Yoder loves her students and her life in the tiny village of West Kootenai, nestled at the foot of Montana’s most northern mountains. And she is in no rush to get married . . . much to the disappointment of her parents. In fact, she has turned down the one marriage proposal she’s received. Her beau Caleb has yet to tell her he loves her, stoking her fears that they simply aren’t right for each other.
When a devastating wildfire threatens to destroy her beloved community, Mercy and her family evacuate to the nearby town of Eureka. There she meets Spencer McDonald, an Englisch smoke jumper. Her conversations with him are unlike any she’s ever had with a man. She finds his directness and ability to express his feelings refreshing and completely different from Caleb, who is tightlipped about his past.
But what would her family and community say if Mercy chose a relationship with an Englischer? Is Mercy willing to give up all she has known and loved for someone who finally understands her? Or can Mercy find the love she has always longed for closer to home?
Irvin (Beneath the Summer Sun) puts a new spin on the age-old problem of bad things happening to good people in this excellent Amish inspirational. When a forest fire threatens the small mountain town of Kootenai, Mont., both Amish and Englishers evacuate. While facing the loss of their material possessions, the two groups struggle to make their peace with God and one another. Mercy Yoder is an Amish school teacher who is having a hard time trusting in God’s plans. Two months earlier she turned down Caleb Hostetler’s marriage proposal; she told him it was because she wanted to continue teaching (which she would’ve had to give up), but really she fears he doesn’t actually love her.
On the English side, Spencer McDonald is a smoke jumper who injured himself on a jump and now must sit on the sidelines while others battle the blaze. His alcoholic mother is working through the 12 steps and asks for forgiveness for the ways she failed him, but he has a long way to go before he can forgive. Meanwhile, during the evacuations, Mercy Yoder catches Spencer’s eye. Spencer and Mercy begin to like each other, but nobody in Spencer’s life thinks he should be with an Amish woman. Fans of both Amish and inspirational Christian fiction will enjoy this heart-pounding tale of the pain of loss and the joys of love. (Aug.)