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“Despite Ben’s departure, my life has not returned to normal. Truth be known, my dreams of Ben keep me awake long into the night. Daydreams distract me, too. Images I will into existence by my forbidden yearnings, intermixed as they are with my sadness at having sent Ben away. Still, I try to remember what the Good Book says, Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted….”—Annie Zook, in The Brethren
Annie Zook, an Amish preacher’s daughter with the soul of an artist, is on the fence between her Old Order heritage and her two secret passions: her forbidden art and Ben Martin, a handsome Englisher her father has ordered she never see again.
When Ben flees the Amish community of Paradise, taking Annie’s heart with him, he’s suddenly confronted with his own secret. Will everything he’s believed about himself be destroyed…and will he lose Annie forever in the process?
Meanwhile, Annie moves from her childhood home to live with Esther, her shunned friend, but her living with an excommunicant only increases the Amish brethren’s disapproval. Will Annie forge a new life in the outside world, or return to the fold?
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