Thursday, December 8, 2011
Patricia David's "An Amish Christmas" of Brides of Amish Country
When Karen Imhoff finds a beaten man lying unconscious by the road in her Amish community, she doesn't hesitate to help. "John Doe" needs a place to stay while he regains his memory, and she has a room to rent. The handsome Englisher proves invaluable around the family farm, yet his presence wreaks havoc with her emotions. Karen has her younger siblings to care for since her mother had died 4 yrs previously. John finds himself liking the Imhoff home and the people esp Karen. He tries to find out if anyone knows him in the community and is devastated when he realizes he may never regain his memory. He is falling in love with an amish woman and the faith that she holds so dear. There are times when he thinks he could join and become "Plain". When Jacob, karens brother, finally accepts John and likes him enough to give him a watch that he had found at the site of John's accident and kept hidden all this time. The watch was engraved and now he believes his name is Aaron, but after going to a horse show with Karens family he soon has his memory back and realizes he is Johnathon, remembers his family and his business and why he came to this amish community, to see a young woman who is sister to his best friends wife. He has sad news to tell her. Will John now leave and go back to the life he knew or come back to the love of this woman and to the faith that he has grown to want? Patricia Davids has written a beautiful amish story and I am hoping there is another book coming to tell the story of John and Karen.