This story also deals with heartache and blame but also healing.
In this second book in An Amish Homestead series, I enjoyed reading about healing and forgiveness taking root in the lives of Kayla Dienner and Jamie Riehl.
Heartache was once again coming to the Riehl home though. Jamie’s sister Laura lost her best friend, Savilla Lambert when she suddenly became very ill one night. By the time Savilla’s husband Allen heard her calling his name in the middle of the night and got her to the hospital, it wasn’t long before she passed away leaving behind her husband of only a couple of years and a baby girl not even one-year-old. Allen blamed himself for not hearing Savilla’s calls sooner. She was only twenty-two and she was gone. They didn’t have enough time together. Mollie wasn’t even one yet and she was motherless. How could he have not known his wife needed him? The blame, grief, and being a single father to a baby girl were hard on Allen.
Read Allen’s story. How Laura stepped in to care for her best friends’ baby girl. How she loved little Mollie. Laura’s boyfriend Rudy was constantly accusing her of stepping into Savilla’s shoes in the Lambert household. Did she put up with his accusations? They’d been a couple for a long time although he never mentioned marriage. Does Allen forgive himself and allow healing to take place?
This is a well written story of heartache, blame, grieving and learning to lean on God.
From page one you’re drawn into to the lives of the Dienner’s and the Riehl’s. Simeon Dienner was a son, husband, and father to a baby boy. He was also a volunteer firefighter and died in a fire. Simeon’s younger brother Nathan was also interested in fighting fires which had sister Kayla worried she’d lose her last sibling.
Dorothy Riehl was a wife and mother. Her son Jamie was a volunteer firefighter and worked alongside his father and brother on the farm when he wasn’t at the fire station. Jamie was so busy, in fact, that he never got around to fixing the railing on the cellar stairs. One day when Dorothy went down to the cellar she fell down the stairs and died.
Firefighting was a big part of this story. The two families became close friends after a fire destroyed the Dienner’s barn and Jamie was on duty when the call went out.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn’t wait to read the second one Room On The Porch Swing.