I was sure I was born into the wrong family. I wanted to belong to yours.
Leona Speicher and Gloria Gingerich were the best of friends. Leona being only child, longed to have the family that Gloria had. They shared as friends do, their secrets, their longings, and their hopes. But one day Gloria’s family suddenly moved away. Leona not knowing the details only that Gloria’s father had a falling out with the elders of the community. Instead of desiring to work it out, he took his family far away from the Amish community and from then on lived as an English man with all the trappings of the world. Gloria had promised Leona that she would write but Leona never heard from her or where her family decided to settle. She missed her good friend and the ties that they shared. Life went on for Leona as she always wondered and prayed for her friend until her friend sent her letter requesting to visit her in the town where family now lived.
When Gloria and Leona reunite, the friendship continues as Leona see’s how Gloria’s heart is in turmoil between the Amish and the English. How Gloria carries the sins of her father and learns to trust God again with her own faith.
It is a wonderful narration of friendship and the pull of the heart. Where a friend walks alongside as you walk thru your feelings to know your true desires and heart. It is a friendship that is based on truth and finding yourself back into God’s will. I appreciated the pull of Gloria’s heart and the faithfulness of Leona’s heart. A true friendship not based what is easy but what is hard. A friendship that takes the time to listen to the groaning’s of longings not met. A true blessing to read.
A Special Thank You to Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.