The Preacher's Daughter
The Preacher’s Daughter by Patricia Johns is the 2nd book in The Infamous Amish series. It can be read on its own if you have not enjoyed The Preacher’s Son (You should read it though or you will be missing out on a special book). I thought The Preacher’s Daughter was well-written with developed, realistic characters. The story is told from Solomon’s and Elizabeth’s point-of-view. I like that we get to see what each of them are thinking and feeling. We get to see that the Amish have flaws. Solomon Lantz has been released early from prison for good behavior and is returning to Bountiful. He left the Amish several years ago and ended up with the wrong crowd. Solomon soon discovers that he will have an uphill battle. The Amish may forgive, may they do not forget easily. Solomon has lost their trust and respect. Elizabeth Yoder is staying with Solomon’s grandmother when he arrives. Elizabeth is the daughter of a preacher who defrauded the community. Her father’s sins have caused problems for her. People wonder if the apple falls far from the tree. Elizabeth is contemplating leaving Bountiful so she can get a fresh start. Solomon must decide where he has the best chance of getting a job and living a productive life. That may not be with the Amish. He is also struggling with life outside of prison. I liked that the author showed us what it was like for Solomon in prison and how hard it was to adapt to being home. There is romance in the story (holding hands, touching, and kissing), but the focus of the tale is about healing. Elizabeth and Solomon need to find a way to heal and move forward with their lives. I loved Solomon’s grandmother. She was such a sweet woman of deep faith. Mammi prayed for her grandson. She knew God would assist Solomon and help him find his path. I liked seeing Solomon grow over the course of the story. I understood why the Amish community did not welcome him with open arms, but I expected someone to give Solomon a chance. There is some violence in the story (just letting you know). The Preacher’s Daughter is a realistic tale that gives a different look at the Amish. I am looking forward to reading Lovina’s story. The Preacher’s Daughter is heartfelt tale with produce stand problems, a grateful grandma, profession privation, a cautious community, nasty nightmares, and a rare romance.
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