Monday, 21 January 2013

Accidentally Amish ~ Olivia Newport

~ 5 Star Reading ~

Let's get one thing straight. I don't do Amish novels. I read a handful a number of years ago and figured out pretty quickly there is one of two ways these things are going to head. One party either converts or departs. It's quite simple. So it's perhaps a little bizarre how I am only too happy to amuse myself with countless novels on topics such as the Titanic (where other folks would be gagging and crying, "We know how it ends! The ship sinks!").

There are only so many storylines you can do, right?


And this is why we read!! Isn't it exciting? It's like music. Just when you think every tune has been discovered, a new one gets you moving to the beat and suddenly you can't wait for more from the same artist. That was this book for me. It got my mind moving and I wanted more (you mean it has to end?).

Please read the back page blurb here or view the trailer here.

Olivia Newport's expert handling of a thoroughly tried and tested topic - the Amish - is beyond proof there's more than one way to skin a cat - or in this case an executive software creator. And if you're thinking you already know who's going to convert/depart their current life for the new/old kind, you're wrong already.

This book is full of surprises. Just when you might find yourself agreeing with what a character might be doing, the coin flips and the situation gets turned on its head. You'll find a new perspective suddenly staring you down and daring you to step out and find out. The what if's are filled with potential, and yes I was turning pages like lightning to find out what happens next. Yet I fully devoured this. Word for word, I did not rush one bit.

Annie and Rufus are really interesting to get to know, to learn how they think, and delving into their backgrounds with the parallel story of their 'past' was the loveliest part of all. If you're into history, you can't go past this. No matter what path we are on, God has something new for each of us to learn and thinking outside our usual square is just the start.

Often I have a favourite scene and this one all but brought me to tears because it was so evocative, so easy to envision. Something has gone wrong on Rufus' job site and the masses gather to pitch in. Annie's response was my response: "It's beautiful..."
Our modern 'connected' world is far too isolating.

"Knowing you're missing something
is the first step toward filling the hole."

Don't keep wondering what you're missing. Find out and lay hold of it with both hands. How far we think we need to go and what we think we need to do is often the direct opposite of where we need to be.

In Accidentally Amish, I truly think Olivia Newport has outdone herself. Pay close attention to whatever comes next for this is just the beginning from this author of surprises. I'm excited.

"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12v2

Ne vous conformez pas au monde actuel, mais soyez transformés par le renouvellement de l’intelligence afin de discerner quelle est la volonté de Dieu, ce qui est bon, agréable et parfait.

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