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A Joyful Break

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A Joyful Break Book Summary

After her mother’s untimely death, a twenty-year-old Amish woman has a difficult decision to make: Choose to break from the Plain community and her boyfriend to live in the English world permanently...or join the Amish church.

Rachel Hershberger wants to get away from her Amish home in Fields Corner, Ohio. For a year she’s been trying to fill her mother’s shoes by taking care of her father and siblings. She had quit her job at the bakery so she would have more time to clean and cook at home. Before her mother died, Rachel was positive she wanted to marry Samuel Weaver, but now she can’t think about wedding plans. She blames her father for her mother’s death. If they had installed a phone in their barn or a shanty, her mother might have received medical help in time to save her life. Her mother’s death has made Rachel question if she should be baptized and join the church. She wonders if non-Amish women live longer and have less stress. Maybe her forty-four year old mother would still be alive had she left the Amish lifestyle like her sister Carrie did.

When her Aunt Carrie invites her to go to the beach, Rachel decides the time away will help her to decide whether to join the Amish church or to live in the English world instead. She is conflicted because she loves Samuel and her family. Instead of a relaxing time away, disturbing events happen while Rachel’s in Florida. A photographer snaps troublesome pictures of Rachel because of her famous senator uncle, and a handsome and charming college student falls in love with Rachel.

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A Joyful Break - Diane Craver Book Reviews

  • A Joyful Break (loidav)

    A pleasant read about a simpler way of life.
  • A Joyful Break (sharonleeo)

    I really enjoyed your book, then when I read Kenton, I really perked up more. Then to see that you were from Finley! I grew up in Toledo but now live in N. C.. I'm really looking forward to reading your other books. I love the spiritual emphasis in the story! Sharon Opperman
  • I don't think so. (Alana Neuron)

    If you think that women are less than men and are only good for marrying and making babies, and God wouldn't have it any other way... Well then this book is for you.

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