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Published by Shiloh Run Press on November 1st 2014
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian Fiction
Pages: 368 pages
Originally released in a 6-part serial, now you can have The Discovery–A Lancaster County Saga all in one book. Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, an Amish couple who are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives. Financial struggles. Arguments. A suspected pregnancy. A last-minute trip to Middlebury, Indiana. A drug addict on the run. A deadly encounter at a Philadelphia bus station. Will their love and faith be enough to bring them back together again, against all odds?
I first read this series as the six-part novella when they were first released and while I really enjoyed the story—I was concerned about the cost and a little frustrated that I had to wait so long for each release.
This is all six of The Discovery-A Lancaster County Saga made available in one collection. I know that price shouldn’t always be discussed in a review but in this case, it is very relevant. When the novellas were released they were 4.99, not including shipping. That came out to be 29.94 for the set (keep in mind that each novella was around 120 pages) which is quite expensive. In contrast, this collection is hovering at the $12 mark for the collection—much more affordable!
Luke and Meredith are a young couple, newlyweds. While they still love one another, their financial situation is putting a strain on their marriage. When an opportunity to take over his uncle’s business comes up; Luke is eager to take the necessary steps to learn the trade. This means traveling in the middle of a dangerous winter, something that Meredith is worried about.
When Luke’s train is in an accident and all of the passengers are killed. Meredith and Luke’s family have no idea that Luke was not on board. Before he made it on the train, Luke had been violently robbed and is in a coma. The year that follows shows the struggles that Meredith faces as a young widow and that Luke faces as he comes out of the coma and suffers from amnesia.
The still small voice of God is ever-present to keep both Meredith and Luke from making rash choices that may keep them from finding each other. Even during the moments of weakness when it appears that their lives may take a turn away from one another—God directs their paths (and their love) back to one another.