Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Book Review - The Struggle
by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Barbour Publishing, 2012
Marriage, parenting, family partings and bereavement are the major themes underpinning this remarkable new book by Wanda Brunstetter.
When his marriage appears to be in trouble and his wife is constantly turning to her mother for support and friendship instead of to her husband, it seems to a worried Timothy Fisher that the best thing he can do to save his marriage is to move his wife and daughter from their tightly-knit Amish community in Paradise, Pennsylvania, to the area in Kentucky where two of his brothers have already settled.
His wife Hannah faces the move with despair and trepidation. Following her miscarriage, she has retreated into herself, turned away from Timothy and has become a sharp-tongued, unhappy, rather selfish woman who has problems interacting with other people and is focused almost exclusively on her own wishes and needs and not on what is best for her marriage or her extended family. Her attitude causes problems for Timothy's brothers' families, her own parents and Amish friends alike. Their Englisher friends also find their romantic relationships don't always run smoothly either, and there were several points in the story where I had serious anxieties as to how things would be resolved.
Just when it seems there could conceivably be a happy resolution to their marital difficulties, a disaster of unimaginable proportions strikes Timothy and Hannah. Can anything be done to salvage their marriage ?
I thought it would be difficult for Wanda to trump her wonderful "The Half-stitched Amish Quilting Club", but she has done so, and I can't wait to sit down to read and savour "The Struggle" again very soon.