by Jolina Petersheim
When Leora Ebersole sees the small plane crash in her Old Order Mennonite community, she has no idea it’s a foreshadowing of things to come. When the young pilot, Moses Hughes, regains consciousness, they realize his instruments were destroyed by the same power outage that killed the electricity at the community store, where Englischers are stranded with dead cell phones and cars that won’t start.
Moses offers a sobering theory, but no one can know how drastically life is about to change. With the only self-sustaining food supply in the region, the Pacifist community is forced to forge an alliance with the handful of stranded Englischers in an effort to protect not only the food but their very lives.
In the weeks that follow, Leora, Moses, and the community will be tested as never before, requiring them to make decisions they never thought possible. Whom will they help and whom will they turn away? When the community receives news of a new threat, everyone must decide how far they’re willing to go to protect their beliefs and way of life.
My Thoughts:– A solid 4 stars!
I thought this was a great read! Jolina Petersheim is a new author to me, and I was pretty impressed with this book. She has a way of writing that makes you actually feel the atmosphere around you as she describes her scenes. It had a bit of a dark feeling around it, but it was fitting for the story.
This book had a wonderful “what would you do?” quality to it, that really makes you stop and examine your own thoughts and feelings. How would you react if you were faced with a cataclysmic event that might put your own family in jeopardy? Would it shake your faith? Would you trust God, or would you put your faith in man?
I was sad when I got to the end of it and realized that there was going to be a sequel. The story wasn’t necessarily left on a “cliff-hanger”, so to speak, but there is so much more to the story that has yet to unfold. (I may have given this a 4½ stars if it weren’t for this.) Normally, this would be a huge thumbs down for me, but in this instance, I would definitely purchase the second book to find out how it all ends. Not many authors can make me feel that way when I am left without a conclusion!
Unfortunately, when I was reading the book to review I didn’t realize that it is not set to be released until June 1st, but I would highly recommend pre-ordering your copy now. While you are checking it out, make sure to read the “From the Author” section (below the editorial reviews); this information was included at the end of the book as well, and I found it fascinating.
On the up side, I discovered that I had previously downloaded another one of Jolina Petersheim’s books to my Kindle (a free giveaway) without realizing it, so it will be fun to see if her other book grabs my attention as well as this one did.
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Sincere thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy to read and review. *Opinions and thoughts are 100% my own, and are in no way influenced by the author or publisher.