This is a book about an Amish family, but not in the usual, expected setting of a community set within a “modern” world of many years ago. This is a current, 21st century world and it appears that the Amish community featured is catching up – slowly – with the world surrounding it. They have telephones, electricity, are not against riding in automobiles though they have none themselves.
Windmill Farm is a very interesting, working farm with many different personalities inhabiting and playing their different roles to make everything work. Each personality is at different times focused on in the story and each is an integral part of the whole story. As the Bible makes clear, each part of the “body” has a very special function, and if one is missing or not performing, the whole takes a toll.
There are quite a number of puzzling mysteries within this story, and sometimes the reader may become a bit impatient to wait and read the in-between chapters in order to find out the answer. Between the Lapp girls’ interest in boys and hopes for marriage, and the Bee Man’s past history and odd habits, as well as the many youthful antics of 11-year-old MK (Mary Kate), the reader quickly comes to know and eventually appreciate each of the characters.
The father, Amos, is physically incapacitated with an ailing heart problem, his wife is deceased, and the house is in chaos as the story begins.
Eventually, they agree to hire a housekeeper/cook, Fern, who has a story of her own—but is slow to reveal it!
Uncle Hank, who repairs buggies, is not much help but has his own contributions to make, which are not realized until late in the story.
Menno, well, Menno is a lovable 17-year-old who may seem insignificant at times because of his lower intellectual capacity, but is most cherished and protected by all family members.
Julia and Sadie are the oldest girls and are as different as two sisters can possibly be, yet their interactions are never competitive and always loving. All together, they make up a family with all the normal problems any of us may have, and individually, they work through them and find a way to make the best of each situation.
This story has an amazing ending, one that might possibly be controversial, but at the same time, very revealing in showing how the grace of God can work even in extremely difficult situations. A great read, one that anyone will appreciate.
Julieanne Joy In Our Journey.com
Disclosure: I was sent one review copy of The Seeker for the purpose of reading it and sharing my honest review with you here. No other compensation was provided.
Hi! I'm Julieanne! You'll find me in the kitchen trying new Trim Healthy Mama recipes, loving God, and carrying out that love as I bless my husband and teen daughters.
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