ISBN #: 978-0451235732
Page Count: 320
Copyright: February 28, 2012
Publisher: NAL Trade
(Taken from Amazon)
The Lambright family's eldest daughter, Abby, runs her own sewing shop. There, she mends the town's clothes and their torn relationships. But the town maidel has sworn off any suitors of her own because of her unrequited love for James Graber, who is about to marry her younger sister, Zanna ...
On the wedding day, Zanna is nowhere to be found, breaking James' heart. Zanna has brought shame to her family, but there's more in store for them when they discover how far she has fallen. Long-buried secrets come to light, and they test the bonds of the Cedar Creek community. Abby is at the center of it all, trying to maintain everyone's happiness. But will she ever find her own?
Once again, the draw of the Amish lifestyle has influenced my decision in participating with this book blog tour. I absolutely love the idea of a simpler way of life where the community is there for each other. I read Abby Finds Her Calling in one sitting. From the jilted groom to Harley's appearance, this book kept me captivated.
When Zanna is introduced, she is a selfish, immature girl running away from every conflict that arises. She's not mature enough to deal with difficult situations. That soon changes, though, when she's forced to face facts and deal with the consequences of her actions.
And, like most difficult situations, others are affected by Zanna's situation. James, the jilted groom, must deal with the embarrassment his former bride-to-be has caused for him. Eventually, with Abby's perspective and God's guidance, James is able to forgive Zanna and treat her as a friend.
With a masterful integration of strong Amish characters, Abby Finds Her Calling is an intimate look at the Amish way of dealing with difficulties within their Order. Ms. King is adept at telling her stories in a way that causes a multitude of emotions to rise up within the reader, which I love. Who wants to read a story that doesn't make them feel anything? My only negative comment would be that the title needs to be changed. It seems, to me, that Abby found her calling awhile ago and it was actually Zanna who finds her calling in this story.