Izzy Mueller is an exceptional listener and gifted caregiver. She's also a talented seamstress. As the young woman sits with her elderly patients, she quietly sews as they share their stories. She's content with her life until circumstances reconnect her with someone she once loved. Zed Bayer, a Mennonite, is not what her family is hoping for in a spouse, and his creative interest in filmmaking is definitely at odds with her Amish upbringing.
As Izzy is swept up again in Zed and renews her friendship with his sister, Ella, she begins to ask questions about her own life--her creative longings and historical interests, her relationships and desire for romance, and most importantly, her faith. What is the path God has for her? Can she learn from the past of both her family's and Zed's--or must she forge a completely different future of her own?
It took me a bit to warm up to Izzy. She's a loner, which I found odd, with her being Amish. Most Amish seem to enjoy family and community. But Izzy likes to be left alone with her sewing and handiwork. She takes on an outside job as a caregiver but when her patient dies, Izzy flips out. She decides that it isn't for her and asks God to show her another path
. She enjoys the time she spends with Zed while he's filmmaking. She used to care for his father, who died of cancer. But Zed is off to Goshen College and she feels more alone then ever. She knows she has fallen in love with Zed but knows that he being Mennonite and her Amish, as well as the fact that he thinks of her as a friend, that she should grieve for what never was and move on. She even dreams about living with her parents for the rest of her days.
Then a call comes asking for Izzy to come take care of another and though she feels she doesn't want to caretake, she knows it is close to Zed's college. She goes and renews her friendship with Zed's sister Ella, and becomes entranced in the history of the Amish with the Indians. Izzy finds her true calling and learns much of her people and herself.
She finally learns to put her faith in God and what he has in store for her. This is the last installment in the Women of Lancaster County series and I'm sad to see it end. Full of history, sweet romance and memorable characters, as well as a few leaps and twists, The Women of Lancaster County is a lovely series that will remain with you long after you read the last page.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Wendy