About the book: Book 1 in the new Amish Roads series
Elizabeth is at a crossroad. She's been given the chance to experience life outside of her community, away from the responsibility to care for her eight younger siblings, but Elizabeth Bontrager can't decide which road to take. Goshen has its charms and pressures, but Paradise, Pennsylvania, sounds . . . well, like paradise. And it's also home to her Englisch friend, Paula. Decision made. Elizabeth is Paradise bound.
But will the small town live up to its name? When Elizabeth meets Paula's friend, Bruce, she quickly learns he wants more than a friendship. And the same might be true of Saul Miller, her new boss at the country story that sells Amish products to the Englisch community. As the two compete for her attention, Elizabeth is surprised to realize she misses her family and becomes even more uncertain about where she belongs. She has a choice to make: return home or embrace this new life and possibly a new love?
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About the Author: Barbara Cameron is a best-selling author who has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the author of more than 38 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Barbara is a former newspaper reporter. Some of her non-fiction titles include the Everything Weddings on a Budget Book and Her Restless Heart: A Woman's Longing for Love and Acceptance. Cameron currently resides in Edgewater, Florida.
Learn more about Barbara at: http://barbaracameron.com
Elizabeth is an easy character to get to know and like. As the oldest child in a family of nine children she has been helping to care for her younger siblings and do chores for years and has felt like she is never going to get to live her own life. She has not had the time to go to singings or to meet a suitor. Her favorite time of the day is when she goes to work at a fabric store, and even then she has to hand her paycheck over to her parents. She wonders if she is being selfish or if it is normal to want to have a life of her own. Through corresponding with an Englisch friend she made over the summer, Elizabeth decides to move from Goshen, Indiana to Paradise, Pennsylvania to start living for herself. Her parents are shocked and her grandmother thinks she is the most ungrateful child, but she still boards a bus. While waiting on the bus she looks for signs from God as to whether she should stay or go and sees some birds outside the bus window. The birds don't worry about being selfish, they know that God will provide for them and she relaxes a bit more with her decision.
Living in Paradise is different from how she has lived before. Paula has a dishwasher! Elizabeth is a good roommate, sharing chores and being a friend and finds a job very quickly in a shop that sells Amish goods. She makes friends and finds joy in sewing herself a new dress on a borrowed sewing machine. Now she had four dresses to choose from!
Two men vie for her attention, on Englisch and one Amish. She has decisions to make and relies on her belief in God to guide her to the right path. Elizabeth has believed in the church teachings all along, she just wanted the freedom to make her own way within the church parameters and to have a say in her own life. The growing and changing she does by taking a stand and being her own person give her the personal growth she needs to make the right choice and be herself.