I love Tricia Goyer. I just had to get that out there. Pretty much anything she writes, I love. Whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, or a comic strip, I’ll love it. Beside Still Waters is no different. In true Tricia Goyer style, every aspect and detail is well researched and seamlessly woven into the story. I guarantee you will learn something new about the Amish lifestyle!
The book starts in the heart of Amish country. Nineteen year old Marianna Sommer seems to know just where her life is headed…right down the path laid out for her by her parents and her community. All that changes where her father announces he is moving the family to another Amish community in Montana. Marianna believes her world is shattered. She agrees to head out to Montana to help her mother care for the family for a year, then she plans to move back and follow her plan.
When Marianna arrives in Montana, she is in for a world of surprises! Though this community is Amish in name, it is very different from where she grew up, and where she was planning to return. This leaves Marianna questioning everything. For the first time, she has choices! The new community is less strict…is that good? Is it bad? Marianna Sommers, who knew who she was from day one, now has so many questions with no easy answers.
I loved this enchanting story. The characters are rich and deep. The storyline is masterfully woven with unexpected twists and turns. One of my favorite elements of the story is that while Marianna questions the roots of her faith and their implications now, the Amish faith is never “bashed” or belittled in any way.
Tricia is hosting a book giveaway on her blog: http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com/2011/04/beside-still-waters-giveaway.html. You can win a book or an adorable Amish salt & pepper shakers! So cute!
About Beside Still Waters Giveaway:
To celebrate the release of the first book in the Big Sky Amish series Tricia is giving away 10 copies of Beside Still Waters and a pair of super cute antique Amish salt & pepper shakers. (photo attached)
Details at Tricia’s blog, It’s Real Life.
About Tricia: Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-six books including Songbird Under a German Moon*, The Swiss Courier*, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough*. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference in 2003. Tricia’s book Life Interrupted* was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife. Visit www.triciagoyer.com for more info.
*Miss Mouthy read this book!
About Beside Still Waters: Marianna Sommer believes she knows where her life is headed. Nineteen years old and Amish, her plan is to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and live in the only community she’s ever known.
When Marianna’s family moves from Indiana to Montana she discovers life and faith will never be the same. As she builds an easy friendship with local guy, Ben Stone, Ben not only draws her heart, he also gets her thinking about what loving God and living in community is all about.
As Marianna struggles to find “home”, she also encounters God in intimate ways. Click here to watch the book trailers.
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Just so you know: LitFuse Publicity Group provided me a copy of this book in exchange for a review. The opinion is my own.