Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Silvia's Rose Jerry S. Eicher




This was quite the story. It is an Amish story and although I do not know that much abut the actual Amish beliefs i was a bit confused a few times over how things were handled in the book. It was a very good book though.

Esther husband Minister Lonnie Stoltzfus has passed away and left her to raise their small daughter Diana alone.  Esther remembers a man she had met during her rumspringa and knows that he has also lost his wife. Esther decides to move to the new community where Isaiah is now living and is also a minister. Esther was very happy being the wife of a minister and is positive that the lord is leading her to Isaiah. 

On the day she arrives she is immediately welcomed by everyone in her new community including Isaiah.  As she meets her neighbors she becomes friends with her also widowed neighbor Joseph. Joseph owns a greenhouse and offers a space for Esther to grow her garden. As they get to know each other Joseph tells her wonderful stories of the love he and his wife an English woman shared. This gets Esther to thinking and wanting a true love, not just a marriage out of convenience and respect. 

Joseph also has a thing for roses. He learned from his wife who had a PHD in horticulture before she became Amish and before she passed away how to tend to roses and to graft them to make new varieties. Before long Joseph and his roses gets Esther, Isaiah, Joseph, and Arlene (Joseph's girlfriend) all in hot water. 

Everyone has to decide how to overcome their troubles and still get what they want out of life. 

I really can't say about the parts that confused me a but because ti would give to much of the story and take away from the next reader.  But there were a few quirky things in the book that either goes against what people believe the Amish are about, like money matters.

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