The Postcard (The Amish of Jamesport Series #2)Laura V. Hilton
David Lapp (from Promised to Another) survived a "code blue" when he was in a buggy/semi truck accident in Seymour, Missouri. Now after extensive therapy he has lingering mobility problems and is still struggling to find his place in the world. Lured away from Webster County... Read More
Lured away from Webster County by thoughts of closed buggies and a postcard friendship he's developed with an Amish girl in Jamesport, he moves north, hoping for a fresh start. He finds temporary work in the area teaching school, and also makes fishing flies and weaves baskets. He sells his products in the Amish markets in the Jamesport area.
Rachel Miller dreams of travel, but feels tied to her Amish life. She is being courted by Mark Graber, but wonders if there's more to life. When she sees David's name mentioned in The Budget, she strikes up a pen pal friendship with David while he's in the hospital and in therapy, consoling him when he and his girlfriend part ways. She never dreams that David will come north and move into her community. David is still fearful in the buggy, especially in high traffic areas.
Feeling he's called by God to preach, David spends hours in the Bible, but the Amish discourage him, believing their ministers should be drawn by lot. Will David follow his call, even if it takes him out of the Amish church? Will Rachel realize her dream to travel?
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- UPC: 9781629113593
- Height: 0.6
- Width: 5.5
- Length: 8.5
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 0
- Publish Date: Apr 1, 2015
- Language: English
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 162911359X
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- Choosing Holiness over Happiness by Jeanie on 10/19/2015
The Postcard is Laura V. Hilton’s 2nd novel in the series, The Amish of Jamesport. It can easily be read as a stand-alone, but definitely leads one to want to read the first and successive novels. To say that the author writes well is an understatement; this must have been a very interesting tale to plot!
Rachel Miller is a young Amish woman who has an understanding with Obadiah, an Amish man who is in Ohio to learn the trade of custom cabinet making, that they will be married when his training is complete. He has only written to her a couple times since he left Missouri and rarely calls, even though she writes regularly. They have had this understanding for quite some time, but it was not a match of romance as much as making a marriage considered good within the faith. Rachel Miller is also a young woman who writes letters to some of the folks she reads of in the Budget who have been injured or are ill to encourage them. One of those folks is David Lapp, a man in eastern Missouri. They became the very best of friends in writing, able to discuss almost anything, including that they are both promised to wed other people.
David takes it upon himself to pack up his belongings and move to Jamesport, Missouri, hoping to make a living in spite of his disability and meet this fascinating pen friend who he has fallen in love with. He met a very stunned Rachel, even more stunning when he was very open about his reason for moving to Jamesport. Oopsie. Not cool. The course of his early days there leads to threats on his life when someone in town realizes that David was involved in an accident in Lancaster, PA that took the life of a young man whose family lived in Jamesport. Also over the course of his early days there, David is convicted that his behavior was wrong toward a woman committed to marry another man and in spite of the strong pull between them, chooses to try to pray and study to be strong and wait for Rachel’s choice.
This was a compelling read with very likable characters; the author is adept at opening the novel in such a way that the reader is immediately drawn into the story and captivated throughout. The characters were likeable, and most practiced their faith in a way that could attract even the angriest heart, in time. At first I struggled to accept the behaviors of David and Rachel when acting on their attraction; I had to understand that Amish are not perfect either, and they face the same struggles and attractions that any other believer does in a similar situation. I admired David for the choices he made, even though difficult, and Rachel followed suit. Their faith in God and desire make right decisions became their guide.
I liked the Glossary of Amish Words and Phrases; it is very helpful! The plot was different from many Amish fiction novels, and included incidents that were not anticipated. It was executed flawlessly, leaving no open ends. The mystery and the story in general ended positively and was satisfying. The plot twists and turns made the novel highly intriguing as I tried to turn pages quickly yet without missing anything. I highly recommend ‘The Postcard’ to those who appreciate Amish Christian fiction; it can be enjoyed by adults of all ages.
With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
- Dangerous Sparks threaten Amish Community... by Babbling Becky L on 8/8/2015
A daydreamer. That's what Rachel Miller is. Since she can't travel, she searches the Amish newspaper for injured people who might need a pick-me-up postcard. Little does she know when she starts corresponding with David Lapp that she has opened a door that ought to be closed.
Although both David and Rachel are promised or engaged to others, when David shows up in Rachel's town, sparks fly. Sparks of attraction between David and Rachel. Sparks of disdain and warning between the bishop and David. Sparks of hatred, which confound David, between Rachel's brother Sam and himself. Sparks of interest in Scripture beyond what the bishop allows, between David and a small set of the community.
Where there are sparks, there is fire. Which of these sparks will ignite and create trouble, hardship, or even shunning for community members? This was a fun, inspirational Amish story full of inner tension, outer tension, and Truth and love seeking to win out over hate and ignorance. I loved the fact that Hilton addressed the elephant in the room when it comes to a lot of Amish Christian novels. Many Amish believe they are following God, but follow instead the bishop and the Ordnung, afraid to read the Bible for themselves or find faith in Jesus Christ. (I will say, this is probably not the case in ALL Amish circles.)
I liked the humanity of the main characters in their attraction for each other. I also thought it was great Hilton showed it was possible to stand up to temptation and be an overcomer.
This is a book I could read twice. This is book two of three, but it stands alone quite well.
I gratefully received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.