Meet Chad Allen, a business man living in the big city, who goes on this unexpected road trip to the small Mennonite town of Piney Meadows where he becomes stranded for the night when he runs out of gas and the gas station is already closed for the day. He is drawn to the church where he meets some nice people who want to help him. He gets offered a job and takes it on a whim, but he must learn how to deal with the Mennonite traditions and customs. Anna, literally the girl-next-door and coworker, tries to help him acclimate to his new town and its customs. As their friendship grows, Chad learns that Anna is not satisfied living in a small town for the rest of her life. She strongly desires to live in the big city and leave the peaceful, protected Piney Meadows. However, the two of them are falling in love. Will Anna choose to leave everything she has ever known and the love of her life who is choosing to stay in Piney Meadows or stay in the only home she’s ever known with a man she loves?
Sattler’s characters were very well written. I really admire the Mennonite community and want to go visit this quaint little town. Chad and Anna were such real characters with real dilemmas. Although, I found the pacing of the book to be quite slow, I guess it’s in line with the pace of living in a small town. I’m not saying that I couldn’t put the book down (because I was able to), but I did want to know the ending and that’s important. I was already a fan of Sattler, and this book is just another reason why.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about the Mennonite community and anyone interested in clean, Christian romance.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for a review. The opinions are my own.