SUMMARY: Shannon's summer just got a whole lot more . . . Amish?
Shannon McNamara has exciting plans for the summer - getting her driver's license, a job, and more - and she can't wait to dive in. But her ill mother has plans of her own: to relocate them both to the heart of Amish country in Ohio where she has relatives who can help her.
Turns out a "simple" life is actually a lot of hard work. But when a hot young Amish guy named Ezra enters the picture, Shannon's ready to get an Amish makeover and even consider making it a permanent change. Will these plans come crashing down around her too? Or can she really make the jump into a whole new way of life?
Teen favorite Melody Carlson brings fan another surprising story of world - and families - colliding.
REVIEW: Having read a few of Melody Carlson's young adult novels (along with quite a few of her ones written for adults) and my interest in Amish novels, I was curious about how this story would work out. Shannon's care and concern for her very sick mother was touching. She tries her best to take care of Anna even after they get to Ohio. But once they moved in with Shannon's grandparents, some of the relationships starts moving too rapidly and some just seemed strange. When Ezra comes over to return something, Shannon falls immediately head over heels in love with him. They declare their love for each other the next time they meet, and then things start getting a little "too friendly" between them. Very soon afterwards, Shannon considers becoming Amish.
Also, even though Anna's parents love their daughter, they seem very distant towards her. They don't want to give Anna her medicine and are resistant about taking her to the doctor when she takes a turn for the worse.
The time Shannon and Anna are in Ohio, to me, seems odd. It's hard to describe. I did like how Anna's health was a big concern for the new doctor and how she was able to help Anna get better. The best parts seemed to be before they left for Ohio and while they were at the hospital. The story in between just seems forced and strange.
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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books, including the Life at Kingston High series, the Dating Games series, Double Take, and A Simple Song. She has received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon. Find out more at www.melodycarlson.com.