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Still Life in Shadows

by Alice J. Wisler

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The Synopsis:

“Fifteen years ago Gideon Miller ran away from an Amish life that seemed perfect. But it held a childhood secret he could not leave behind.

Gideon, now an auto mechanic in Twin Branches, North Carolina, helps Amish youth relocate to modern society, earning him the nickname the “Getaway Savior.” When Kiki, an autistic teen, enters his shop wanting a job, Gideon struggles to accept her although he’s infatuated with her sister Mari. Furthermore, a surprise visit from his younger brother, Moriah, forces Gideon to realize that his need God’s forgiveness is far greater than he anticipated.”

My Review:

This was a good book, although very emotional. With the main characters dealing with different issues about their parents, an autistic teen dealing with bullies, and a young man close to the characters wasting his life on drugs, I would not recommend this book to any youngsters. And there is a murder mystery and some racism in this book as well.

However, there are upsides. There are some very funny characters and good morals in this story, as well as the important lesson of forgiveness. I also enjoyed all of the information about Amish life and there are two recipes in the back of the book that are some of the characters favorites.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and will recommend it to those of you that like a “sort-of-mysterious-and-sweet-ending” book!

“I received this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.” ( )
  RayleighAnn | Jul 2, 2014 |
Still Life In Shadows by Alice Wisler is a book with many layers. There is a thread of romance, but the real theme of the book is learning to forgive, learning to let go, and learning to trust yourself. The very unique thing about this book is that it is written from two very different points of view, and not those that you would expect. Gideon Miller escaped from the Amish community fifteen years ago. He has managed to carve out a life for himself as a mechanic and an upstanding member of his small community. To other Amish wanting to escape their imposed lifestyle, he has also become known as the ‘savior’. The other point of view is that of a thirteen year old autistic girl – certainly atypical, but very believably done. Mari and Kiki are sisters who have moved to the town when their mother, a hoarder, was deemed an unfit parent. Mari works at the local diner, and becomes Gideon’s love interest, while Kiki, the autistic girl, must try to navigate life away from the familiar.
When Gideon’s younger brother, Moriah, escapes the community he starts making bad choices and getting in with some unsavory people. This part of the story is the major crisis that drives Gideon to question his own choices. This is not a typical romance, with that part of the book taking second place to the deeper emotional issues the characters must face. It is a complex book, with lots of inner discovery on both the part of Gideon and Kiki. ( )
  Tracykrauss | Apr 8, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802406262, Paperback)

It's been fifteen years since Gideon Miller ran away from his Amish community in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a boy of fifteen.  Gideon arrives in the Smoky Mountains town of Twin Branches and settles in at the local auto mechanic's garage. He meets a host of interesting characters -the most recent acquaintances are Kiki, an autistic teen, and her sister Mari. Known as the "Getaway Savior" he helps other Amish boys and girls relocate to life in modern America.

 

One day the phone rings. On the other end is his brother Moriah calling from Florida. Of course Gideon welcomes his brother to stay with him and offers him a job. But Moriah is caught in a web which ends in his death and forces Gideon to return to the town of his youth, with his brother's body in the back of a hearse and Mari and Kiki at his side. He must face not only the community he ran away from years ago but also his own web of bitterness. Will he be able to give his anger over to God and forgive his father? 

 

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:36 -0400)

"Fifteen years Gideon Miller ran away from an Amish life that seemed perfect. But it held a childhood secret he could not leave behind. Gideon, now an auto mechanic in Twin Branches, North Caroline, helps Amish youth relocate to modern society, earning him the nickname the Getaway Savior. When Kiki, an autistic teen, enters his shop wanting a job, Gideon struggles to accept her although he's infuriated with her sister Mari. Furthermore, a surprise visit from his younger brother Moriah forces Gideon to realize that his need for God's forgiveness is far greater than he anticipated" -- Cover verso.… (more)

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