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Sadie: An Amish Retelling of Snow White

Sadie: An Amish Retelling of Snow White, October 2018
by Sarah Price

Zebra
Featuring: Sadie Whitaker
400 pages
ISBN: 1420145088
EAN: 9781420145083
Mass Market Paperback
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"How Snow White might have happened among the Amish!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Sadie: An Amish Retelling of Snow White
Sarah Price

Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted September 20, 2018

Amish

An Amish Retelling of Snow White is the subtitle of SADIE, a charming and unusual story. Having read an earlier book in the Amish Fairytale series about Ella I was not in the least surprised to find Sadie's young life taking on a fairytale aspect too. Even those who don't normally read Amish romances will find something to amuse them.

Sadie Whitaker lives in Echo Creek and her father Jacob has remarried, but his wife Rachel, who at first was kind and sympathetic, has become so grieved by not conceiving a baby, that she has taken to turning her temper on Sadie. We may think Sadie is too saintly and obedient, but she is still a teen and just wants a quiet life, if one that's full of washing and cooking. Oh, and young people's picnics, singing, and get- togethers of course. Rachel resents Sadie's youth and freedom. Jacob is in an unenviable position, having to be supportive of his wife but loyal to his daughter. We know two women can't work in one kitchen. Maybe it really would be best if Sadie married. There's a widower Rachel knows, with nine kinner under thirteen...

The factors from the Snow White tale are present; a mirror, something not always found in Amish households, a poisoning by apple, and best of all the seven brothers with dwarfism living in the woods. During early chapters, we also meet other town residents and hear the latest gossip; who's getting married to a recluse, who wants to start an organic dairy enterprise, who has a stepmother who makes her work in the grocery store while her stepsisters take it easy. I enjoyed every page, and we get some gorgeous nature descriptions as young Sadie loves the natural environment on the farm. Romance is certainly a big factor as the inexperienced Sadie is flattered by the attention, comparing the men who have different reasons for considering wedding her. I'm delighted that she grows and becomes more self- determined.

I can guess which fairytale will be the subject of Sarah Price's next work, and let's say it involves red. Who knows where this will go? Pick up any of the books so far and enjoy visiting Echo Creek, where there are sometimes worse things than wolves lurking... but not in the woods. SADIE is tremendous fun.

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SUMMARY

Sarah Price delivers a delightful retelling of a beloved classic, featuring a young Amish woman who turns to faith as her guide even in the darkest times . . .

Sadie Whitaker is determined to be a good daughter, but her stepmother, Rachel, has made no secret of her overwhelming jealousy —or her desire to get Sadie out of her life. Rachel’s latest plot involves marrying Sadie off to a widower in need of a mother for his unruly children—and she has convinced Sadie’s beloved father to agree. Left with no choice, Sadie flees her small Amish hometown of Echo Creek. Planning to hide in a nearby forest, she stumbles across a house that belongs to the seven Glick brothers. All outcasts from the Old Order community of Echo Creek, they generously agree to let her stay —and for the first time in ages, Sadie feels safe and needed, keeping house for them as any good Amish woman would do. Until, that is, the Glicks’ handsome cousin comes to visit. For though he awakens her heart’s desire, she can’t risk revealing her true identity, until love and faith give her the courage to take a chance on happiness . . .


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