Sunday, June 2, 2013
Review of Shelley Shepard Gray's Daybreak
Aaron and Lovinia Keim have been cornerstones of the community for years. They live in the Dawdi House and their middle son, Peter manages the farm and main house with his grown son, Roman, and twin daughters, Viola and Elsie.
Viola has recently started a job at the Mennonite retirement home. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with Atle Beachy, whose only living relative, a son, Ed, is off living as a missionary in Nicaragua. While Viola understands the importance of mission work, she can't imagine leaving her father in the hands of strangers. It's not the Amish way, and even though she doesn't know Ed, she doesn't like him for how he's abandoned his father. But when Ed surprises his father with a visit he falls for Viola and is determined to start courting her.
Even though Viola can't deny she feels the attraction too, she has no time to focus on her feelings. Her own family has begun to crumble. When the family is cleaning out the attic, they come across a photograph of her grandmother-as an Englisher! Viola's father Peter seems to be taking these newly uncovered secrets the hardest. As she turns to Ed for comfort, Viola realizes she has two choices: Marry Ed and go to wherever he is sent, or stay home and try to hold her family together.
Well, Shelley Shepard Gray has done it again. She has written a book full of wonderful characters who are human, who have made mistakes and have had those mistakes rear their ugly heads. This is the first in a new series called the Days of Redemption series. This series revolves around the Keim family, Lovina and Aaron, the grandparents, Peter and Marie, the parents, and Roman and twins Viola and Elsie. Viola works at Daybreak, a nearby nursing facility. There she helps take care of Atle Beachy and gets to hear him read her letters from his son Ed, who is a missionary. Viola feels that Ed should be home taking care of his father and takes a disliking to him, but then he does come home and sparks fly. Meanwhile, at home, Lovina and Aaron's secrets from the past are being found out and Peter has a secret of his own that is found out. As with all of Shelley's books, you can't waitt wait to find out what happens next. Great job.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.