Pennsylvania in the late 18th century, once called William Penn’s Woods, was an assortment of different faiths living together for the first time in American history. Included in this tapestry was a small and struggling population called Amish.
Surrounding this peaceful people were unavoidable threats: both Patriots and the British were pillaging land and goods for the sake of the war, young Amishmen were leaving the faith to take up arms and defend freedom. A simple walk in the untamed forests could result in death, if not from bullet or arrow, then from an encounter with a wild animal.
Amid this time of tumult, Adam Wyse is fighting a personal battle. To possibly join the war efforts and leave his faith, which would mean walking away from the only woman he’s ever loved: Lena Yoder. But for that love he’s made a promise that may keep them apart permanently.
So this Amish fiction was a bit different than others I've read in the fact that it's based in a different time period. Most Amish fiction deals with the clash against Englishers, and the Amish. This one seems to more so deal with the clash against the Amish, and other surrounding denominations of the faith since everyone sort of dressed liked that, the main difference were the roots of their belief.
What I did appreciate about Arms of Love was the exposure to the Amish. We read a lot more about their beliefs, and who they are as people instead of just how they don't abide by how the modern day world lives today. We see what set them apart from people during all spans of time. In this book we mainly encounter their differences regarding war, and avoiding violence in the height of the Revolutionary War.
There are several things I didn't enjoy about this book though. One was that the love story just wasn't good. I felt nothing from it. Another thing is that I understood that the Amish didn't like being apart of the war without it being repeated every other page. It was just said over again too many times. I wish more focus would have been put on Adam, and his dad since that did catch me at times.
If you like Amish fiction, and you are looking to mix it up a bit then I would recommend this. Personally I don't think many other readers will enjoy this though. You can check out the book at Amazon.
Rating 2 of 5.
This book was provided by Booksneeze in exchange for a review.