The Englisch Daughter by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall is an excellent addition to their impressive catalog of Amish fiction.
Jemima Graber is an Amish wife and mother of four with a dream to start her own business. Her husband supports her dream which is unusual in Amish communities where women aren’t encouraged to work outside the home. Jemima is devastated to learn that her husband, Roy, has fathered a child with another woman and spent the life savings that was set aside for her business. Roy’s behavior is atrocious, but as an Old Order Amish wife Jemima is expected to instantly forgive and forget, still yielding to her husband as the head of the household. To further complicate matters, Jemima has to treat and love Heidi, her husband’s child, as if she is one of her own. Does she have it in her?
In The Englisch Daughter the Woodsmalls approach love and forgiveness from a unique but authentic perspective. The plot lends itself well to the theme. The characters are well-rounded, likable and believable. The Englisch Daughter is about forgiveness and true love. Love in it’s physical form. I rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to all readers of Amish fiction.
My thanks to WaterBrook & Multnomah and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: April 21, 2020