Brightest and Best (Amish Turns of Time Series #3)Olivia Newport
To marry Gideon Wittmer. That is Ella Hilty's deepest desire. But before Ella can marry Gideon, Ella's 1918 Ohio Amish community finds itself swept up in controversy when government authorities demand Amish children must attend consolidated public schools rather than their o... Read More
Englischer and schoolteacher, Margaret Simpson had given up thoughts of marriage years ago, and on the whole, she is content with her peaceful life. But a budding romance and conflict with the neighboring Amish community lead Margaret down a path she never imagined possible.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Aug 1, 2015
- UPC: 9781628366334
- Height: 0.90
- Width: 5.50
- Length: 8.40
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 320
- Publish Date: Aug 1, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 1628366338
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- Which Character Should I Be? by Babbling Becky L on 9/10/2015
"What have we done to offend them so?" Lindy shrugged. "Sometimes all it takes is being different." Brightest and Best, by Olivia Newport,transports us to small Seabury, Ohio, back near the end of the Great War.
The Amish, whose spokesman is Gideon Wittmer,want nothing more than to be left alone to worship, work, and educate their children within their own society. However,the local school board has other ideas.When the local Amish school building collapses and the teacher leaves to marry, the superintendent decides the Amish children need to consolidate to the Seabury public school...or else.
This drama is a political tale, a love story, a tragedy,and a history(with a little author's license thrown in). The reading was slow at first and the multitude of names was discouraging.By the end, I felt the reader might understand the author's need to give identities to so many people. Some characters were truly on my lovable list, some I cheered or cried for, and others I wished for more growth than they were willing to consider. Isn't it that way with real humans?!
Olivia Newport's Amish novels are never your peaceful, run-of -the-mill narratives. Rather, Newport wishes to show the difficulties the Amish have endured as they strive to remain a separate people in a world that wants them to conform. This is a book that makes you wonder as you finish, "Which character would I be?Am I sure?"
I received this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.