Sadie and Kade come from two different backgrounds. She’s an Amish widow living in a farmhouse with no electricity, and he’s a rich business executive from Los Angeles. When Kade rents a cottage from Sadie, the course of both their lives changes forever.
Kade’s autistic son, Tyler, causes him to re-evaluate what’s important in life, and Sadie seems to hold the key to happiness. Yet Sadie’s religion will not allow her to be more than friends with an Englischer—someone not of the Amish faith. Their growing attraction to each other, and Kade’s search for inner peace, make a compelling story.
There are several other characters that play important roles in the lives of Sadie and Kade. Besides Tyler, there are several Amish people who have interesting stories of their own. I particularly like Jonas and Lizzie, an elderly couple with health problems who share a need for love and companionship.
I don’t know much about the Amish but the setting feels realistic. That life wouldn’t appeal to me, but I enjoyed the glimpse into a lifestyle filled with simple pleasures, and appreciated the characters’ strong moral values. This author does a nice job of describing the setting and portraying the characters as people I could like.
There is a strong emphasis on faith in God, but it is not done in a preachy or inappropriate way. As their faith is an essential component of Amish life, the references to God and religion were relevant and tastefully written. I enjoyed this book very much.
Disclaimer: Thomas Nelson provided this book for review. The opinion expressed is my own.