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Hi, this is Debra Torres, author of Amish fiction, and today, I'm reviewing the book, The Englisch Daughter
by Cindy Woodsmall. I just finished it seconds ago and really kind of put off finishing it. It’s one of those books where you just don't want to get out of the lives of the characters—so you put it on a shelf and know that you still have more to go so you're just not going to finish it just yet. This was one of those books.
I didn't want to leave the lives of Jemima, her husband Roy, Abigail, Chris, and all the people in their incredible family. But I did. I went ahead and finished.
This is by Cindy Woodsmall, and I do have a ton to say about Cindy. I love her books. When I was just starting to read Amish fiction years ago, I read her Sisters of the Quilt series and it impacted me a lot. The first one, is called When the Heart Cries, was just an amazing book.
Cindy Woodsmall’s Writing Style
The thing I like about Cindy is that she isn't afraid to talk about real-life things in Amish fiction. Let me tell you when I read through this book—the first couple chapters I was like, wait am I reading an Amish fiction book because I don't think I am! There are things in here about possible infidelity, possible divorce, and woman's rights. Things like this are talked about in this book but they don't deviate from the line of Christian fiction. It is just an incredible book. I encourage you to read it.
All the Emotions
I had a couple of things that I wanted to say about The Englisch Daughter that I don’t want to forget. This book did bring stinging tears to my eyes and also made me laugh out loud. It’s just one of those books that just brings your emotions up and down.
The Impact of Story
One of the cool things that Cindy does that I love is she weaves inspirational nonfiction elements into her stories. I first noticed it with The Englisch Daughter. Some “teaching” things happened in this book that I had just read about in some Christian nonfiction. I don't know if Cindy's reading the same books that I am, but some of the things that the characters learned in this book were some of the same things that I've been learning in some nonfiction books and sermons. She weaves teaching in so that the characters learn things about life elements, things about marriage, parenting, or relationships with God.
These are told through stories. Sometimes, when things are told through story, they're even more impactful because there's a whole message there—an entertainment message, and you get connected with the characters. Anyway, it’s a super good book. The nonfiction Christian teaching was a big thing for me. It’s a book of second chances—that's what I like about this book, too—I know a lot of you like that as well.
My book Forbidden Gift is also a story of real and raw Amish fiction so I always get excited when I see another author who writes in the same style as I do in the Amish fiction sub-genre. Yay, Cindy!
And, don’t forget to put The Englisch Daughter on the top of your to-be-read list—it deserves its place there.
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Debra Torres writes Amish romantic suspense featuring relatable characters who deal with raw and real-life issues.
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