I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Tricia Goyer’s new book, Along Wooded Paths. This is the first time I have read any of Tricia Goyer’s books and I am so glad that I did. Before I tell you my impressions of the book, let’s learn a bit about it first.
About the book: All she wanted was a simple Amish life. . .but now Marianna Sommer finds herself depending on Englisch neighbors. Although proud of living apart from the world, she and her newly relocated Amish family have discovered that life in the remote mountains of Montana requires working together.
As Marianna begins helping those different from herself–and receiving their help–her heart contemplates two directions. She’s torn between the Amish man from Indiana whom she has long planned on marrying and the friendly Englischer who models a closer walk with God than she’s ever seen before. Who should have young Marianna’s heart? What is God asking her to sacrifice? Her traditions? Her community? The answer is found along the wooded paths.
Read an Excerpt from the book.
Although this is Book number two in the “A Big Sky Novel” series, the books can be read as stand-alone novels. You can find out about Book number one, Beside Still Waters, here: http://www.triciagoyer.com/contemporaryfiction.html#BesideStillWaters
Along Wooded Paths by Tricia Goyer [Book Review]
This book had me captivated from start to finish. The main character, Marianna, is likable and easy to relate to.
Ms. Goyer’s writing made me feel as if I were right there with Marianna as she struggled to find her way. In addition, the use of nature in the book was very refreshing. I could feel myself experiencing those frozen, wooded paths in Montana. The peaceful moments in the book where Marianna reflected outdoors reminded me just how important our surroundings are and Ms. Goyer’s descriptions allowed me to picture Marianna’s surroundings with ease.
The Englischer in the novel, Ben, is someone I found myself “rooting for” as his personality and interactions with Marianna were tender, heartfelt and sincere. In addition, Ben’s deepening relationship with God (as well as his struggles) intrigued me.
In creating the character of Ben, Ms. Goyer created my idea of the ideal man. Although I have read other Amish fiction novels, I found that I learned new aspects of Amish culture that I previously was not aware of. This made for a more interesting read as the book was not cookie-cutter style by any means.
I am very anxious for the next novel to come out so I can immerse myself in the thoughts and feelings of Marianna and Ben again.
About the author (Tricia Goyer): Tricia Goyer is the author of thirty books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference in 2003.
Tricia’s book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family.
Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of Family Life.
For more about Tricia and her other books visit www.triciagoyer.com
To purchase your own copy of Along Wooded Paths, click here.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the review book from Litfuse Publicity Group. The book was provided at no charge for review purposes only. All opinions are 100% mine.