Having never read any of the Ada's House books, this trilogy was a complete joy to read. Some of the characters have been referenced in other Woodsmall books and it was fun to finally learn their story. Frightened and running, Cara and her daughter, Lori, find themselves living in an old barn before finally being taken in by Ephraim, an upstanding member of the Amish community. That is until he brings Cara and Lori into his home. Then this single man finds himself on the outs with his leadership and determined to stand up for the mother and her daughter. Called to be God to these two, will Ephraim ever be able to find his way back into the good graces of the Amish community? Or will his boldness push him to the life of an Englisher?
Throughout this trilogy, other characters are introduced and their stories are unique and compelling in their own right. Ephraim's sister, her friend, Ada, the schoolteacher, Ephraim's employee (just to name a few) all make an appearance with their own struggles and dreams adding layers to an already complex story involving Ephraim and Cara.
Again, Woodsmall does not disappoint. Each story is well-written and brings out characters with the complexity of real life. Often times, the middle story of a trilogy drags as we wait to find out what will happen. But the story line kept me engaged all the way through. It's a huge book with all three stories together, but a great value and a wonderful storyline from page 1 to page 1,020. If you enjoy well written Amish fiction, this should be your next read.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.