I enjoy reading Amish Fiction because I find their lifestyle and faith intriguing. The description of this book caught my attention, because it spoke of a tale from "Amish Beginnings," being set in the midst of the Revolutionary War. A lot of the Amish novels I've read tend to repeat the same 'ole story lines and tend to get a bit redundant and boring. Arms of Love written by Kelly Long, however, is different because it told of the Amish settlers pursuit of freedom in the middle of a war they didn't want to fight. It's the love story of Lena and Adam intertwined with tests of faith, the truth of war, harrowing adventure and the ever-present reality of family joy and turmoil.
I enjoyed reading this book, especially the last half of it as it gets more and more exciting while craftily drawing to a close. It's hard to put you finger on these characters because one minute you think you have them figured out, the next moment they do something you didn't expect at all. This keeps you on your toes as you read and never allows you to assume anything. You yearn for Adam and Lena to end up together, but then... maybe not. The author does a fantastic job of creating the scene and setting, yet does not overburden the reader with too much unnecessary detail, which gives the reader a chance to use their imagination to bring the story alive.
The end of this book offers a Reading Group Guide and a 4-week Bible Study to further dig into the faith and find ways to apply the lessons from Arms of Love.
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