cover image Home to Paradise

Home to Paradise

Barbara Cameron. Abingdon, $14.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-4267-6993-1

Rose Anna is a single woman in the present-day Amish community of Paradise, Penn., where marriage is the primary focus of life. She has her heart set on John Stoltzfus, the man who broke her heart by choosing the Englisch world over life with her. Determined not to lose him, Rose Anna devises a plan to bring him back to the community and to her heart, despite strict Amish teachings that go against such boldness in a woman. John, however, is thoroughly enjoying his rumschpringe, or “running around time,” and has no desire to return to his roots. While searching for his life calling, he tries to convince himself that Rose Anna and the Amish are not what he wants. But when Rose Anna’s plan to win him back begins to work, he starts to see the calling that God had before him all along. Cameron (Coming Home series) sets this sweet romance between old friends in idyllic Amish country, with many Amish phrases and customs that create an authentic charm. (Feb.)