Meek and Mild by Olivia Newport is a lovely historical Amish Christian fiction book. The book starts out in 1895 when the Niverton Amish community is asked to take a vote about shunning members of Maryland Amish community. The Maryland Amish have started Sunday school services for their young children and have added a few new hymns. Little do the people know how much this vote will affect their lives in the future as well as their children's lives.
Meek and Mild then skips forward to 1916. Clara Kuhn is 23 years old and still living at home with her father (Hiram), stepmother (Rhoda), and their children. Clara's stepmother has decided it is time for Clara to marry so she is not letting her spend time with other children, help around the house, or work outside the home. Clara is in love with Andrew Raber but she is afraid to have children. After her mother dying in childbirth and hearing the troubles other woman have during labor, Clara is scared.
Clara spends more time visiting her mother's relatives in Maryland. Fannie Esh is Clara's cousin and is married to Elam. They have one child but would like more children (the Amish way). Fannie is obsessed with having more children and gets more upset and depressed each month when she finds out that she is not expecting. Fannie and Elam's marriage is starting to suffer.
Clara will have to get over her fear of childbirth and Fannie will need to put her worry's aside and give over the situation to God. The two Amish communities are going to have to come up with a solution. Meek and Mild is such a good book and very enjoyable to read. I especially love the ending of the book. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. Meek and Mild is the second book in this series and will be out on February 1, 2015. Wonderful Lonesome is the first book in the Amish Turns of Time series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I have been reading a diverse selection of books lately. Keeps things lively. I received a wonderful book in the mail yesterday. I received an ARC copy of Wicked Stitch by Amanda Lee. I am a big fan of cozy mysteries and am looking forward to reading it.
Have a wonderful evening and Happy Reading!