Wednesday, September 18, 2013

EVENTIDE by Shelley Shepherd Gray

A young Amish woman harbors a difficult secret. Does she dare share the truth with the man she hopes to marry?

Elsie Keim doesn't want to be left behind. Her twin sister, Viola, and her older brother, Roman, have both found love and are building lives of their own. But Elsie? She's still stuck at home, being treated like a child. No one seems to consider her a capable woman-all they see are the thick lenses of her glasses, constant reminders that Elsie suffers from keratoconus and is slowly going blind.

Elsie knows there's much more to her than her disease. That's why when a new neighbor, Landon Troyer, shows some interest in her, she doesn't want anything to scare him away . . . even if it means keeping her condition a secret.

Landon is ready to start a new life and feels like Elsie may just be the right woman to start it with. But when Roman steps in and shares the truth about Elsie's illness, Landon is floored. His job is demanding and takes him away from home, sometimes for days at a time. How could he keep up with his responsibilities and take care of Elsie?

My thoughts...

Elsie Keim is going blind. She lives with her large, overprotective, Amish family. One thing she longs for is to find true love but with her coming blindness she knows no man would ever want her. However, handsome neighbor, Landon, starts showing an interest in her and she decides to keep her failing eyesight a secret. Elsie's brother, Roman, takes it upon himself to inform Landon of her condition, his heart is broken. With such a demanding job he would be away from home a lot and he wouldn't be able to take proper care of Elsie.

This is such a sweet emotional story, the characters are so loveable, their dilemma's heartbreaking. The author does a wonderful job of showing God's love. The three books in this series are a wonderful addition to any library.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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