I just finished reading a book by Judith Miller called "A Simple Change". Apparently this is the second book in a series by her, but it didn't matter. I felt like I knew the characters from the very beginning of the book. I can't believe I have never heard of Miller before. It seems she has written many books in this genre.
If you like Amish fiction, you will enjoy this book. It introduced me to a new "people" in the Amana Colonies. Now, this is not fictional. This is truly a group of people in Iowa. They reminded me a lot of the Amish but had several different rules; for example, a woman is not allowed to be a teacher, and they don't even use money at all in the colonies. It was such an interesting read!
The story itself was interesting too, not just learning about this culture. The story had twists and turns and I really liked the characters. I don't really enjoy historical novels that are set in the earlier centuries. It's just usually not my thing. But this novel was set in the 1800's and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The people spoke plainly and had realistic conversations. You will either love or hate these characters! Miller has written in a very good protagonist... I believe that's an oxymoron! But the female lead in the story, Jancey, spends most of the book trying to decide on a suitor - Nathan, or Ritt. I could tell you who you will be rooting for, but you have to read the book! The story ends happily, although there is enough drama from beginning to end to satisfy anyone.
I would like to read the rest of the series now. And I'm certainly going to check out Miller's other books. I highly recommend this one!
Thank you to Bethany House for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.