Thursday, March 22, 2012

Book Review: Ruth Reid's Brush of Angel's Wings

  Rachel and Jordan's feelings for each other are hostile at first, but angelic intervention helps the two discover peace . . . and perhaps love.
  The youngest and last unmarried of four sisters, Rachel Hartlzer spends most of her time helping with barn chores. Her role abruptly changes when her father hires Jordan Engles, the son he always wanted.
  As Jordan takes on brotherly roles around the house, like escorting Rachel to the youth singing, the enmity between the two grows. Besides, Jordan has one foot in the Englisch world and is determined not to get involved with an Amish girl.
   Neither realizes that God has sent an angel, Nathaniel, to help mend their hearts. The angel’s intervention helps them find peace and healing in accepting God's will for their lives.

  I still think trying to imitate the Amish accent in fiction is a bad idea. Words like "gut" for "good", and "deinke" for "thank you" don't look good on paper. If anything the use of the words should be reserved for the dialogue, and removed from the narrative. 
  The story takes a pretty typical path from the start though. Rachel is past the age of marrying that girls usually are asked in the Amish society. This sets up Rachel to have something about her to identify her as different because honestly it isn't like Amish have many other quirky attributes to make them stand out in society. The biggest thing that can make you an oddity with the Amish is probably being someone in their twenties, and unmarried. 
  As you can imagine there needs to be conflict, and you can't write a whole book about the crops going bad before it's time to harvest, or about your buggy falling apart, though these books usually have a buggy incident. So what do you do? You bring a non-Amish person into the mix. These two of course butt heads, and she hates him because she is supposed to be trying to condition herself to hate the idea of being with one since no one asked her to marry him. He finds her mean nature toward him cute though, and perhaps it finally annoys him to the point where he gives up, but then she realizes he is what she wanted, and well you know the rest. 
  It doesn't take reading the whole book to know these things. I can't hate on the authors for enjoying to write what they write, but I have no idea how these people haven't realized this story has already been told, or why keep people buying the same Amish stories. The historical fictions at least have slight variety. You can check out the book at Amazon

This book was provided by Booksneeze in exchange for a review. 

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