Monday, February 24, 2020

The Englisch Daughter {Review}


Husband and wife, Roy and Jemima, have weathered the storm and come out stronger.  Or so it would seem.  After Roy recovers from a devastating accident, the two start to pull their lives back together.  But as time goes on, Roy begins behaving stranger than ever.  Till one day Jemima discovers that her life savings, meant to buy a food truck and start a business, has mysteriously disappeared.  And that's only the tip of the giant secret Roy has been keeping from her.

Can Jemima recover from this betrayal in order to love an innocent child?  And can Roy begin to unravel the mystery of what truly happened?  Or will the two simply find this secret to be too much?

A long time Cindy Woodsmall fan, I was excited to read this newest novel written in partnership with Erin Woodsmall.  These two have collaborated in recent years and written some incredible books.  The Englisch Daughter follows the tale of a man riddled with guilt and a family fraying at the seams. At times, I wanted to scream at both Roy and Jemima, begging them to see what was happening.  Raw and real, this novel takes a hard look at the work, and the rewards, of marriage.  And the grit required to find, and bring out, the best in each other.  An entirely different storyline than I've ever seen in Amish fiction and satisfyingly good to the very end.  If you enjoy this genre, The Englisch Daughter ranks right up there with one of the best I've read.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

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