Seek Me With All Your Heart is the first book in Beth Wiseman’s “A Land of Canaan” series. We are taken to a new Amish settlement in Colorado where families from larger Amish communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania have settled to find land at lower prices and sometimes to start a new life free from the burdens and tragedies they have left behind. The most prominent story line is that of Emily and David, two young adults who because of hardships in their pasts are convinced that they will be unable to find and keep love, despite a strong desire to do so. It is through their friendship that Emily and David are able to reconcile and heal the hurts of their pasts.
I read a lot of Amish fiction, but have never read anything written by Beth Wiseman so it took me a little time to become used to her writing style. There were some things in this book that made me question its authenticity at first and at times I found the voices she gave to her characters to be a little modern to really connect with them as Amish. I'm not saying that she did anything wrong here, it really was a lovely story, it was just not what I expected out of the gate. Once I got used to her style I thoroughly enjoyed the book and devoured it over the course of two days. There were enough plot twists and interesting characters to hold my attention and I was really happy with the story that developed around Martha (the grumpy English neighbor).
She tackled some issues that are not often seen in Amish fiction and I appreciated this very much. I think that she wrote about these difficult subjects in a very realistic and sensitive way. Emily's character was beautifully developed and Wiseman did an excellent job of portraying the emotions that one would feel after a traumatic attack.
I was pretty excited to find out that Seek Me With All Your Heart is somewhat of a continuation of Wiseman’s earlier Daughters of the Promise series. I look forward to the next book in the Land of Canaan series and will definitely be picking up her earlier books.
I would give this book 4*s/5 and look forward to reading more from Beth Wiseman!
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