Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Melody Carlson
“There’s no denying that this kind of life has an appealing sort of charm. I’m wondering more than ever why my mother ever left this place,” Shannon asks herself in Melody Carson’s book, My Amish Boyfriend.
At one hundred and seventy-three pages, this paperback targets mature teenagers and young adults who enjoy clean, wholesome stories revolving around the Amish people. Author of over two hundred books, Carson’s writing includes light romance with relationship issues and emotional struggles. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
In this tome, sixteen year old Shannon McNamara wants to have a fun summer, getting her driver’s license and her first job, maybe even getting a tattoo. Yet everything changes when her mother becomes so ill the two have to move to Ohio and stay with her grandparents while her mom recuperates. There is only one glitch: her mother’s parents are Amish and her mother was shunned from the community twenty-three years ago.
Taking a bus to the strange, backward community, Shannon is deeply concerned about her mother who has dizzy spells and nausea, dependent on the prescription pain pills she requests constantly.
When the two arrive at Shannon’s dawdi and mammi’s humble home, the teen becomes not only fascinated with the awkward, simple life of the Amish, she meets Ezra Troyer, a good looking guy a few years older than she.
Infatuated by both boy and the strange culture, Shannon begins to blend in, but the chores, long working hours, and unemotional response to her mother’s sickness makes the young girl question her relationship with God and others.
While learning zippers and buttons cannot be used, how to milk a cow, and about being baptized and obeying the Ordnung, the English girl must make a decision to protect her mother or fall more deeply in love with Ezra and simplicity.
As Shannon meets more of her extended Amish family, she warms up to her grandparents, uncle, aunt, and cousins living in the community, wondering what if she could become one of them.
Promoting that loving God and praying envelopes both Amish and English alike, Carson delivers a predictable, enjoyable tale that makes the reader imagine what it would be like to live so differently in today’s society.
This book was furnished by The Book Club Network, Inc. in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.