Thursday, January 17, 2013
Book Review - Goodbye to Yesterday
by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Barbour Publishing, February 5th, 2013
When one picks up an Amish themed book, the stories almost always have a satisfying ending, even if it is in a way one didn't initially expect. There may well be trials and tribulations, but the reader can tell that things generally are going to work out.
This brand new series by Wanda Bunstetter looks set to buck this trend and turn it right on its head, as each book is destined to end on a cliffhanger, very much in the style of the original serialised books published in magazines, journals and newspapers.
In this, the first of six stories published at one month intervals, we meet Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, a newly married young Amish couple who are experiencing financial problems after Luke's job at a furniture store ended some six months earlier. Their savings have almost run out and there are no new job prospects in sight. This in turn causes emotional strain and a degree of depression in their marriage, and each fears the other may end up drifting away and losing respect for each other - a dreadful prospect. Their families have all offered financial help and support, and Meredith wants to look for a job herself, but Luke feels he should be the provider in their marriage.
When his uncle in Indiana offers him the chance to go and visit him and learn how to engrave headstones as a possible new career avenue, he is keen to jump at the chance despite his wife's reservations. What he doesn't know is that Meredith believes she may be pregnant, and she decides she does not want to add to his burdens and worries until she knows for sure. She stays at home to care for their house and dog - and wait for her midwife's appointment to confirm whether she is pregnant or not.
The promising new beginning turns very sour very quickly when Luke is attacked, beaten and left for dead on the journey to Indiana, and we have absolutely no idea what is going to happen next...... and I can't bear the suspense of waiting for the next instalment.