Friday, February 07, 2014

Review: A Road Unknown

A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron is the first book in the Amish Roads series. This story doesn't compare to the other Amish fiction I have read recently. It was poorly written and no characters really stood out to me. I had a really hard time liking the main character, Elizabeth, even though I did feel really bad for her circumstances. It was one of those books that I had to force myself to read because the depth of the characters just wasn't there.

Elizabeth Bontrager is taking advantage of her rumschpringe to escape her home in Goshen, Indiana where she has been overworked taking care of her eight younger siblings.  At the age of twenty, she has never been to a singing or been courted so she is very nervous about leaving all she has ever known to start fresh in Paradise, Pennsylvania. Once there she rooms with her Englisch pen pal and starts to hang out with an Englisch man. Will Paradise hold the answers to all her questions?

Saul Miller has been attracted to Elizabeth since he met her on the bus so when his dad hires her on for their store he finds it the perfect opportunity to get to know her better. But she is so reticent about herself that he doesn't know if she will ever open up to him. Then he sees her going out with an Englisch guy and becomes concerned for her. Will he be able to get her to court him or is she too intrigued with Bruce?

I did like how the author ended the book. It really portrayed how Elizabeth had grown and matured throughout the novel. But the story itself was pretty bland and the characters weren't fleshed out enough. I felt like I knew Paula, the roommate, better than Elizabeth sometimes! Maybe because Elizabeth irritated me with her actions but her parents were at fault, too for expecting so much more out of her than they should. But more than anything what I didn't like was how poorly written it was. It was just so-so to me.

I was given this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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