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Until I Love Again

Jerry S. Eicher
Until I Love Again

What if the only way to avoid total rejection was to marry or run? Susanna's freedom during her rumspringa time goes a bit further than she wants her family to know. A birthday sign innocently placed on a gas station billboard condemns Susanna as she realizes that her re... Read More

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What if the only way to avoid total rejection was to marry or run?

Susanna's freedom during her rumspringa time goes a bit further than she wants her family to know. A birthday sign innocently placed on a gas station billboard condemns Susanna as she realizes that her relationship with Joey Macalister, an English man, has become far too close.

Her father is not pleased, but what he hasn't told her is that he himself fathered a child during his own rumspringa. Widower Ernest Helmuth knows about the child, but has said nothing as of yet... but he plans on having Susanna as his bride.

With her baptism approaching, Susanna knows that time is running out to make her choice: stay with her family or go to live with Joey, whom she has come to love.

With Ernest Helmuth watching, that decision might not be hers to make.

Product Details:
Pages: 352
Release: 09/2016
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Aug 1, 2016
  • UPC: 9780736965897
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: Sep 1, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 0736965890

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Second book in series! by Kristina Anderson, The Avid Reader on 10/1/2016

Until I Love Again by Jerry S. Eicher is second book in The St. Lawrence County Amish series. Susanna Miller is the final days of her rumspringa. She is friends with Englischer, Joey Macalister. On Susanna’s birthday, Joey has a birthday greeting put up on the sign at the seed and feed store. Susanna’s father, Ralph is not pleased. Ralph has given Susanna a lot of leeway during her rumspringa (which Susanna managed to extend quite far without his knowledge), but that is now at an end. Susanna’s parents insist that she start taking Baptismal classes and start keeping her close to home. They are even talking with Widower Ernest Helmuth wishes to marry Susanna (he is very determined). He knows the secret that Ralph Miller has kept from his daughter. Susanna is taking the classes, but she is not sure she wishes to stay Amish. Susanna needs to decide which life is really for her: Amish or English. Will Ralph’s secret help Susanna with her decision and how will affect Susanna (and her family)?

I found Until I Love Again to be a little unrealistic. No one (not even in the Amish) can be forced to marry in this day and age. I did not understand why any father would want their daughter to marry Ernest Helmuth (he was obsessed and not in a good way). I had trouble enjoying this book, because it felt unreal. If it was set in the 1800s I could understand (a wee bit), but not in 2016 in the United States. While Until I Love Again is the second book in the series, it can be read alone. The book is heavy on the religious aspect which I found unappealing. It needed a lighter touch. The writing is nice and the book is easy to read (flows well). It is just not my favorite book by this author. I give Until I Love Again 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay).

I received a complimentary copy of Until I Love Again in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.

different perspective on Amish by Rhonda on 9/11/2016

Ernest Helmuth is very persistent and controlling, and he is determined to have Susanna as his new bride. His two little girls are just adorable and need a new mother. His sister has been kind enough to help him care for his home and his daughters, but she is of marriageable age herself and is very fond of a young Amish man in the church. Susanna enjoyed her rumspringa time a little too much for her family and the community's taste. But does that explain why she hasn't been invited to ride home with anyone from the singings? Susanna has met a wonderful Englisha friend in Joey and his family as well. They are very good friends but her family does NOT approve. Will he lead her away from the church or will she marry Ernest and stay? and what is the secret that Ernest is holding over her head?
This book is very interesting. I did wonder though about the treatment that Susanna receives from the Amish community and the eligible young men? I don't want to spoil the story for readers in telling what this treatment is and why she receives it, but in other Amish novels, I thought things were done in a different way for young people in her position. The author was raised in an Amish home so I'm sure he is correct. I wonder why other authors show a different perspective? This does make the plot very unique compared to others I have read. Readers will enjoy learning about the Amish and Susanna's love interests.
I rated this book 4 stars and am sure that other readers will love this book.
I received an ebook from netgalley and a print copy from the author and publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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