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Carly's Dream

by Birdie L. Etchison

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If you enjoy Amish fiction, you will enjoy this simple story. Not that it's a boring story, and it does have a twist, but it is a story even a teenager would enjoy. The characters are developed enough that you feel like you know them. You feel their pains and joys. It is an easy read. I finished it in two days, which is unusual for me. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review ( )
  grammy57 | Aug 29, 2015 |
I received a copy from BookFun.org for an honest review

When Carly was only four years old, her dad left her with his parents who were Amish. Carly is a happy , sweet and caring young woman. She tries so hard to help with chores, but she is not a very cook. When her grandmother has a stroke , she knows that running the household will be her job now. I laughed as I read how she struggled with cooking, since most Amish women are great cooks. Is there a reason why she can't cook like other Amish women?

Carly is very close to Albert , who is her uncle and enjoy spending time together. As her grandmother gets stronger after her stroke, Carly decides that she wants to meet her English grandparents. She longs to know about them and learn more about her mother who died. When she lets everyone know her decision to travel to meet other members of her family, Albert seems to be heartbroken. Does he have feelings for Carly that he can never act on?

The author has written a lovely story of a young woman who wants to know more about her mother and hope that someday she will see her father again. Will Carly decide to stay with her grandmother that she has started to know and want to turn away from the Amish life? The story gives us a glimpse into what a young person goes through as they explore rumspringa . The author shares the struggles that Carly starts to have as she begins to enjoy the comfort of the English life and her close bond that is growing between her and her newly found grandparents.

Will Carly to decide to stay or go home to the Amish lifestyle? . I loved the characters in the book and how the author was able to bring the story to life with her attention to detail and the graceful way her words flowed across the pages. Will the twist in the story change the feelings that Carly and Albert have for each other? This is a great book that will have you wanting to read more from the gifted author. ( )
  Harley0326 | Jul 17, 2015 |
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Carly is almost sixteen, the age when she can go on her rumspringa. Her dream is to find her mother's Englisch family during that year away from her Amish home. When Carly receives an unexpected letter from her father who has been shunned for marrying an Englischer, she learns that her mother's family lives in Indiana. Now she has a location but must find a way to get there. When she meets a kind Englischer named Josh, he offers to take her. Soon Carly finds herself living with her maternal grandmother, meeting relatives she didn't even know existed and trying to adapt to the very different lifestyle they all lead. In many ways, the freedom of that lifestyle appeals to her but memories of her Amish upbringing continue to woo her heart to come back home. When one of her Amish relatives is severely injured in an accident, her decision is made: she will return to the farm and to the people who raised her. Carly's heart is soon torn again when she acknowledges the love she has for a man she's known most of her life but who is forbidden as a possible mate. This man returns her feelings but knows their love can never be or can it? Is it possible that a timely letter with a revelation from the past can change the impossible?… (more)

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