Saturday, June 25, 2011

Beside Still Waters By Tricia Goyer Blog Tour

I was really happy when I found out I was going to be able to review this next book. It is written by Tricia Goyer and is somewhat different than what she normally writes. Tricia is well-known for her war series and this one is set in the Amish culture. Beside Still Waters is her first departure from her main settings.

Marianna Sommer believes she knows where her life is headed. Nineteen years old and Amish, her plan is to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and live in the only community she's ever known.

When Marianna's family moves from Indiana to Montana she discovers life and faith will never be the same. As she builds an easy friendship with local guy, Ben Stone, Ben not only draws her heart, he also gets her thinking about what loving God and living in community is all about.

As Marianna struggles to find "home", she also encounters God in intimate ways.

I have to tell you, I am not a big fan of the normal Amish book. They seem to have a lot of the same plots and the same characteristics. But I sometimes find a new or different one that really catches my eye or jumps out at me. This one did it for me. I thought the setting was new and the plot sounded neat. Not many books portray Amish in Montana so I wanted to see about this.

The setting is a young lady who wants to marry a young man in Indiana where she lives. But her parents are wanting to move somewhere different as they are having trouble with some of their children. They think a new setting will get them back on the right path and away from their troublesome friends. But Marianna doesn't want to move and the only reason she does is because her parents need help. She plans on moving back to her young man once they are settled in. But you never know how plans can change:)

I personally loved Ben! This is the young man that catches Marianna's interest in Montana. He was very sweet and seemed like a likable guy. And Trapper the dog added a lot of interest in this book. I liked Marianna and thought that she was happy in her life but she wanted what everyone does. To be loved and to fit in. For a Christian, it is to be in God's will. But I don't want to give away too much of the book. You will have to purchase it if you want to find out what happens and how Aaron, Marianna and Ben all end up.

Beside Still Waters was a great book and a wonderful plot! Shows a wonderful way of life that many people wonder about. I personally like how Tricia came up with this story and I hope you find out about it.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Beside Still Waters Campaign and received a copy of the book and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

1 comment:

mamabunny13 said...

I really enjoy reading Amish stories. I'd like to read this one.

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