Here's a fun fact about me: I love Amish culture. Not really sure where this fascination came from but for as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with the Amish. As I got older I learned there was a whole genre of books about Amish culture. Amish Fiction. So when I signed up for Blogging for Books . One of the genres I could choose from was Amish Fiction! Holla!
Turns out When Mercy Rains by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a Mennonite Fiction book. Ya know, what? That is completely ok because this book is so good! I really really loved it! Once I started reading it, it was really hard for me to put it down. I'll be honest a lot of Amish Fiction books are kinda predictable. Within the first few chapters of the book you think "that relationship will get mended" "They need to be together" "she's going to end up Amish" But this book really surprised me. Just when you thought the story was going to zig - it zagged!
The story is a beautiful picture of God's forgiveness and his restoring Love. The characters in the book all went through some real ups and downs that were revealed through some unexpected plot twists.
This book is part of a Trilogy and the whole time I was reading I kept imagining myself closing the cover writing my review and then quickly signing up for the next installment. Until I finished the book - flipped to the last page and those dreaded words "Coming Spring 2015!" It's not out yet!? That ain't cool, man! Kim Vogel Sawyer did a very nice job of setting up the next book without really making it super predictable of just how the story will end up.
I can't recommend this book enough! Even if Mennonite/ Amish fiction isn't your thing - this could be the perfect gateway book!
Have you ever read Amish or Mennonite Fiction? What did you think? What is your favorite genre of books?