The Amish Candy Maker: Book Review

By: Laura V. Hilton

The Amish of Mackinac County

                Tragedy has hit Mackinac County several times in the past few years.  The most recent tragedy was a wildfire that killed several members of the Amish community and injured others.  Agnes lost her entire family in the fire and she has recently opened a candy shop to support herself. Agnes does not believe that she will ever marry.  Her father was a leader in the church and had told her that she was too outspoken, and no one would want to marry her.

                Isaac’s family has also been touched a tragic accident in the past and more recently with the wildfire.  The Mast twins, Isaac and Sam, have not spoken in several years.  Sam was seriously injured in the wildfire that struck the area and has called on Isaac to come and help care for his children.  Isaac has never met the children but feels it is his duty to return and help.

                Isaac and Agnes meet and immediately feel an attraction to one another.  Both are currently having a crisis of faith and feel that God may have abandoned them.  Together they care for Sam’s children and learn lessons in faith and forgiveness.

                This book was very well written and a joy to read.  The story flows well and is very relatable if you have ever had any tragedies or feelings of doubt.  It is a journey of returning to God, trusting and growing stronger in faith.  The love story between Isaac and Agnes is endearing and you want them to find their faith and realize their love. They have a lot of people doubting their worth, their faith and their love. The great part of the story is how they prevail, find their own worth and realize that they do have a place with God and each other.  I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good Amish romance and anyone who need reminding that God is good all the time.

                There really wasn’t anything sexual or over-the-top in this book.  It was very clean.  Just some kissing scenes, robbery and discussing of the specific tragedies.  I would not have any problem with my children (who are 12 and over) reading this.

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