Allison Troyer is of marriageable age and needs to learn how to manage an Amish household. Can a girl who feels as faceless, purposeless, and neglected as her tattered Amish doll, find her way among strangers? James Esh likes what he sees when Allison Troyer walks into the barn. Will anything keep this brash young Amish man from stealing her affections? Aaron Zook has vowed never to lose his heart to another. Yet when James makes advances on Allison, Aaron can't help but intercede. Can threads of faith and love unite tattered hearts?
My Ranking: 8 out of 10
Ages 12 & up
I've read this book twice in the last year and just recently purchased it - and I don't purchase books very often...at all. So that's saying something! I immensely enjoyed the tale of Allison; a young woman who fears she will never marry because of her tomboy-ish-ness.
Allison Troyer is old enough for marriage, but since her mother died when she was young and her aunt who came to stay with them refuses to let her help in the kitchen, Allison has no skills at a homemaker and fears no man will ever fall in love with her because of her tomboy-ish-ness. When Allison is sent to her mother's sister's house hundreds of miles away in Missouri to learn how to be a proper homemaker, she meets young and rash James Esh, and quiet yet caring Aaron Zook. James Esh likes Allison immediately, but can he win her affections even with his wild and brash personality? Aaron notices James' interest, and fears for Allison's heart and safety, though he's known her for only a few days. Although he's promised himself never to fall in love, can Aaron control his feelings before he finds himself hopelessly in love with this young beauty? Both are after Allison's heart...but only one will succeed.
I love the story of Allison and her life. It was unique and a very pleasurable read. I really enjoyed this book because though it was a romance, it was not an extreme romance. At all. I've noticed many Amish books are like that, which I think is why I like them so much. The Amish culture is very neat to read and learn about. They way they live is quite charming and almost makes me jealous. I've thought on more than one occasion that it would be neat to be Amish.
This book easily got 5 stars in the romance rating as the only romantic actions were a kiss, from a flirtatious young lad whose actions are frowned upon greatly, and an "almost kiss" which ended up not happening because they tipped over their boat and fell out. The rest was done in a Godly and honorable courtship, which I personally liked.
Allison's Journey was a very good story and I would encourage you to read it! You can get it for less than $10 HERE! You will not regret picking up this heart warming book!