The Amish say that children are a gift from God. Jenny
Bontrager loves her husband Matthew's three children, the
children of her heart. But she yearns for a baby of her
own. That has not happened in the three years they have
been married. Her sister-in-law, Hannah, is expecting
already; she and Chris have only been married one year.
Jenny knew that the injuries she suffered in the car
bombing overseas might keep her from conceiving, but she
hasn't lost hope. The monthly reminder that she still isn't
pregnant is so depressing.
Annie startles Jenny from these thoughts when she comes in
yelling that grandmother Phoebe is lying on her kitchen
floor and won't wake up. After an ambulance is called and
they reach the hospital, Jenny discovers that Phoebe has a
heart condition she did not tell any of the family about.
Just a week later, Phoebe becomes very ill again, but
refuses to go to the hospital. Jenny takes her to the
doctor and learns Phoebe now has pneumonia. When Phoebe
again refuses to go to the hospital, Jenny takes on the job
of caring for Phoebe in their own dawdi haus.
When Jenny goes over to Phoebe's house to get extra
clothing for her, she accidently pulls down a box of
papers. Letters fall from of the box and Jenny sees that
one is in her father's handwriting. Her father chose to
leave the Amish faith and community when he was of age. He
died after Jenny went away to college. Jenny doesn't mean
to be nosey, but she is so overwhelmed at seeing his
handwriting, she opens the letter and reads it. Jenny's
world is shattered.
She discovers Phoebe wrote to Jenny's father and told him
about Matthew and Jenny being in love the summer Jenny was
18. Jenny only visited her grandmother two summers, but she
and Matthew had formed a very special relationship. Jenny
never understood why her father came to get her early that
second summer, or why Matthew never tried to contact her.
Now she discovers the people she loves the most betrayed
Jenny shuts Phoebe and Matthew out of her life. She barely
talks to them and won't make eye contact. No one tries to
talk about what is wrong. Will Jenny find forgiveness in
her heart? Will she listen to Phoebe and Matthew and accept
their perspectives? Can she ever trust them again? A TIME
FOR PEACE is an inspirational story of working through some
of the tough questions and situations life throws at us.
Barbara Cameron gives us another endearing Amish
tale in this Quilts of Lancaster County series. Her books
have become some of my favorites. I'm sure you will enjoy