Thursday, May 22, 2014

Amish Neighbor Trilogy Series Boxed Set -Volume 1, 2, 3 by Melanie Schmidt - Review

Becoming Amish: Rain is falling in Paradise, Pennsylvania and it threatens to flood the town, sweeping through the homes and business of the citizens there. Michael Goetz is a high school football star who yearns for the sense of home and place that he's never had. Born to unhappy, abusive parents, Michael plays football to please his father and dreams of finding his true purpose in life. The flood in Paradise gives Michael the chance to work hard with his neighbors to save their town, and he discovers that he has more in common with them than he ever expected. Is it too late for Michael to escape his miserable family? Will Michael create new ties with his Amish neighbors? Can he learn to trust in a power that's higher than any he's ever known?

A Neighbor In Need: Salome Yoder lives a blessed life. She has her family and her faith, and the two times her safety has been threatened, Michael Goetz has come to her rescue. Finding herself attracted to the young English man, she wonders if her Amish community will offer him the solace he so desperately craves. Michael Goetz is an outsider. Taken in by an Amish family after his father threw him out, Michael is learning every day about the importance of faith, family, and belonging. He is drawn to Salome and hopes that his desire to convert to the Amish way of life will convince the bishop to allow him to stay with the Yoders. Dark secrets and wicked deeds threaten Michael and Salome's hopes for the future. Will their faith sustain and guide them? Will they come together or be torn apart? Will the truth set them free?

Love Thy Neighbor: Michael Goetz stepped in to protect a group of defenseless children when he was just a child, but he never imagined that his action would alter the course of his life. Born into a violent family, Michael Goetz never felt like he belonged until he stepped in to join his neighbors in saving their little town of Paradise, Pennsylvania from rising floodwaters. The Amish neighbors Michael met that day proved to be more generous and loving than anyone he'd ever known. They stood by one of their own? Will Michael be able to publicly proclaim his feelings for Salome Yoder, or will he be forced to walk away from everyone he loves? Will God find a way to heal Michael and show him the power of community and family?

I really did enjoy this series. I liked reading about an unwanted, abused, child who did not get into trouble but instead found a way out of that life. Not only did he find a way out of that life, he helped others along the way and got respect for himself. This is also a twist on the Amish stories as it is about someone wanting to get into their community instead of someone wanting out. Fantastic job Melanie! I will be looking for more of your books.

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