Home to Paradise
By Barbara Cameron
Coming Home, #3
Abingdon Press, 2017
Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John has other ideas. He’s enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world a little too much and isn’t interested in returning to the Amish community—especially to marry.
Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?
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Barbara Cameron has an enjoyable writing style and the ability to craft an entertaining story. Home to Paradise is a sweet Amish story about family, predictable at times, but with a few surprises along the way. It is book #3 in a series involving romantic relationships between three brothers and three sisters, but can stand alone. Characters from the series appear, even a few characters from earlier series.
John and his two brothers had left the Amish faith during their rumschpringe, the previous two books telling their respective stories. John, having escaped an emotionally abusive relationship with his dad, finds himself not quite belonging in either world. Rose Anna longs for his return to the faith and to her also, even to the extent of plotting a method to accomplish this. John and Rose Anna have a sweet chemistry and are appealing characters, especially with their giving attitudes toward others.
Several themes added a depth that I enjoyed – the local women’s shelter, quilting classes, domestic abuse, and PTSD. Then there’s the overarching theme of not only waiting on God’s timing, but trusting in God’s timing.
I enjoyed Home to Paradise very much and definitely want to read the other books in the Coming Home series. Recommended.
Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.