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Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Sarah Esh’s peaceful life turns upside down one afternoon when a parachutist crash-lands on her family’s farm. The stranger insists his life is in danger and begs her to keep his presence secret. Sarah’s promise tangles her in a web of deceit that endangers innocent people, ruins her best friend’s reputation, and tears apart the Amish community. After she discovers the man’s true purpose, Sarah must confess her mistake and repair the damage she’s done. But how can she admit the truth to Jacob Zook knowing it will end their relationship?

Although he was jilted by Sarah’s older sister, Jakob finds himself attracted to Sarah’s kindness and honesty. Her innocence and gentle spirit encourage him to open his heart. Then he discovers the deep secrets Sarah’s been hiding—secrets that destroyed his family and now threaten their love.

USA Today bestselling author RACHEL J. GOOD writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. She grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.

Rachel is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – the bestselling Love & PromisesSisters & FriendsUnexpected Amish BlessingsSurprised by Love (2021), and two books in Hearts of Amish Country – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books. In addition, she has stories in many anthologies, including Love’s Thankful Heart, Love’s Christmas Blessings, Plain Everyday HeroesLove’s Truest Hope, and the forthcoming Amish Christmas Twins (September 2020) with Shelley Shepard Gray and Loree Lough. She is also the coauthor of the Prayerful Author Journey: Inspirational Yearly Planner.

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This was quite a different story that I really enjoyed. The theme throughout the book was about trust and keeping secrets. Sarah has a close encounter one day with a man and a parachute. I can say with almost certainty that it is not usual to find a man falling from the sky in Amish Country. Sarah has such a good heart she immediately wants to help this mysterious man. I did think it was weird that Sarah went against her beliefs and hid two strange men in her home. She is almost innocent like in ways and agrees to let them stay hidden in their house. Her beliefs are that they are to help others and she couldn’t turn her back on them.

I got a big kick out of Sarah’s grandmother. That woman is gifted in discernment and knows these two men are hiding something, I loved how she insisted that they pray before meals and set them straight about their language.  She  is someone you don’t want to cross.  God always provides divine appointments and I believe the day the parachute landed near Sarah , God was clearing a pathway for two men to find Jesus. He used Sarah and her grandmother to show them kindness  as they showed compassion to strangers. I won’t say why these men were there, but  it is a great storyline that allows readers to see what deceit can do and the chaos it causes.

Jacob and Sarah have been friends forever but lately feelings are growing stronger. When Sarah is once again asked to deceive someone that could hurt Jacob’s trust in Sarah what will she decide to do? I don’t think there is a mean bone in Sarah  but she tries to please so many people, it is bound to come crashing down on her soon. 

Get ready to have a front roll seat inside anAmish family as deceit, strange men, hurt, trust and a new beginning  for several characters  entertain us and teach us about being His hands and feet to others. Let us remember through this story that God is in control . What  looks hopeless God can change into joy and in the midst of chaos it is possible for someone to find Jesus.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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