This is an absolutely delightful light summer read. I enjoyed getting to know Miriam and Cindy and the Amish way of life through this insightful book. Miriam is Old Order Amish. Cindy is an Englischer who has written a number of fiction books set in the Amish community. They've enjoyed a close friendship for a number of years. It is amazing how much the two women are the same in spite of cultural and religious differences.
I was surprised at how many conveniences the Old World Amish use. They have refrigerators that run by propane, telephone shanties and hire drivers to take them when needed. Yet, they do not have electricity in their homes or anything that would connect them to the grid. They have a rich heritage that they pass lovingly to their children. I was also surprised at how much they interact with their Englischer neighbors. I thought that they lived in a much more isolated way.
If you've an interest in the Amish way of life, their beliefs, or just want a little bit more background for your fiction reading, this is a good book for you.
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