A Faith of Her Own by Kathleen Fuller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Goodreads Summary: Can Anna Mae heed God’s call on her life, even if it means leaving behind everything she knows . . . and everyone she loves?
Ever since Anna Mae’s childhood friend Jeremiah left their Amish community, she’s questioned her own place in the Amish world. The Amish life feels as if it’s closing in on her, and with her mother trying to set her up with potential suitors, Anna Mae feels trapped in a life she’s not sure she wants anymore. But she’s never told anyone that she longs for a tiny taste of freedom–freedom that could be very costly.
When Jeremiah suddenly reappears in Middlefield to help his mentor, Yankee veterinarian Dr. Miller, new questions surface for Anna Mae, along with feelings she’d never fully acknowledged before.
As Anna Mae and Jeremiah rekindle their friendship, old feelings take on new meaning. Yet the question still lingers: What is God’s plan for her life? Should she stay, keeping loyal to her Amish family, or does God have a bigger plan–one that provides more freedom than she could imagine? The answers do not come easily, and the answer to God’s call may lie in different directions . . . for both of them.
What I liked: Anna Mae is being pressured by her mom to settle down and get married. As much as she loves her family and community she feels unhappy. When her childhood friend Jeremiah returns to work with the local veterinarian the friendship is rekindled and she really starts to question what she wants to do with her life. I enjoyed that this story dealt with how leaving the Amish community can affect a family and how it can work. Jeremiah had to face his father who he hurt deeply when he left the community years ago. I really liked Anna Mae and Jeremiah. I also like how this book took time to develop and didn’t feel rushed.
What I didn’t like: The only part of this book I didn’t love was the ending. Don’t get me wrong the ending wasn’t bad, but the epilogue was a letdown. The ending left me wanting to know just a little more so it was kind of disappointing on that front.
Overall this was a good book and I really enjoyed it. This book dealt with leaving the community. A lot of books on this subject, the characters are shunned or they don’t have a good relationship with family after. I like how this book had hurt and disappointment but in the end there was also forgiveness and acceptance.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.