Spring in Paradise, Pennsylvania hardly exists. Winter
rolls right into hot summer months before autumn arrives.
After the harvest, it's wedding season. Mary Elizabeth
wonders if another wedding season will pass her by. It's
been almost a year since Sam Stoltzfus left their Amish
community to work in construction in town and live in an
apartment with his brother John. Mary Elizabeth and Sam
grew up together and had been dating up until the time Sam
left. John's on his Rumspringa, but Sam just couldn't live
in the same house with his abusive dad any longer.
Mary Elizabeth runs into Sam at her sister's home and
confronts him about their relationship. Sam makes it very
clear that he will not be returning to the community and
that their relationship is over. Mary Elizabeth
resolves to move on.
Ben Miller is new in Paradise. He has moved from Indiana
work with his uncle in his furniture shop. Ben invites
Elizabeth out for dinner and a friendship begins. Could
be the person God intended for her? She always thought
Sam was the only man who could fulfill her dreams of a
husband and family. Torn between the two, Mary Elizabeth
can only rely on God to show her the right one.
SEASONS IN PARADISE is book two in Barbara Cameron's The
Coming Home series. This is a delightful,
story about anger, hurt and forgiveness. Mary Elizabeth is
a strong, realistic character who has so much love
surrounding her with her family, that she can't understand
why she can't find love for herself. Ms. Cameron returns
characters from previous books she has written to help
build the storyline and move it along. It's always nice to
catch up on what happening now in previous characters'
lives. She also incorporates the social issue of battered
women and the effect it has on their children. Amish women
are famous for their cooking. As an added bonus, Ms.
Cameron includes some recipes at the end of the book for
some of the wonderful Amish dishes that are prepared
throughout the story. Put this one on your list for a
Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two
Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third
Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, have
children. But John has other ideas. He’s enjoying his
Rumschpringe in the Englisch world a little too much and
isn’t interested in returning to the Amish
community—especially to marry.
Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish
fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and
unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love