Published: April 1st, 2009
Publisher: Summerside Press
Read from April 16th to 20th, 2013
Synopsis from Goodreads:
For as long as anyone can remember, tourists have flocked to the quaint town of Paradise, Pennsylvania, where Amish buggies are as common as shops selling handcrafted goods. But to attorney Julia Spencer this town is anything but a paradise. Raised in foster homes, Julia has succeeded in life only through steely determination and independence. The close-knit Amish people are a mystery to her, but local veterinarian Simon Thomas knows them well and is fiercely protective of their simple ways, which are increasingly threatened by the outside world. When Julia agrees to defend a local teenager charged in a case involving an Amish boy, she and Simon find themselves on opposite sides of an intense and emotional legal battle. Just when it seems they will never understand one another, God has something to teach them both about the power of forgiveness and the joys to be found in Paradise.
Overall, I thought this was a really cute book. It's not amazing by any means, but it kept me entertained. My only real complaint is that I found countless grammar errors and typos. It got a bit annoying at times, but I get the impression that this is from an author who writes books incredibly quickly (she has 60 listed on Goodreads). I've come to expect that from those types of books.
It is a Christian book, but it was much less preachy than most of the Christian fiction I've read in the past. Religion is a big part of the characters' lives (especially the Amish characters), but for the most part it just felt as if that was a part of the characters. I didn't feel as if I was being preached at like I have while reading so many other Christian books.
I really enjoyed the fact that there were Amish characters and that the two main characters volunteered at a wolf sanctuary. They both made the book a bit more interesting. I've always been fascinated by the Amish way of life, and I absolutely adore wolves.
I definitely recommend this book if you want a quick read that's cute and romantic.