Title: His Love Endures Forever *****
Author: Beth Wiseman
Published: Thomas Nelson, 2012
Kindle edition, includes Glossary, Reading Group Guide, and Amish Recipes
Enduring Love: A Review
Pregnant at 18. No husband, and now, no boyfriend. He had said he loved her, but no more. And now he’s run away.
Danielle is in shock—again. Bad enough, when she saw the clear, blue cross in the little window, indicating that she was, indeed, pregnant. But she loved Matthew Lapp, and he had said he loved her. He had intended to leave his Amish community, anyway, so now she’d been sure they could leave together.
But Matthew wanted no part of the baby, no part of a wife. His plans for himself included neither one, at this point. So Danielle left him standing in what had been their favorite spot, as she headed for the one place where she thought she could cry and think, alone. Undisturbed she was, until Levi walked into his parents’ barn and found her.
We first met Danielle in Plain Perfect, not long before she sneaked into Martha’s house and took up residence on the third floor, undetected, for a while. They had first met when they shared a hospital room, but ended up sharing the house and many arguments, before and after Martha rescued Danielle from her abusive mother. Now Martha is married to Arnold, who has fit into the household with grace and an abundance of love. Danielle wonders how to tell them that she is pregnant and Matthew has dumped her.
Levi is a wonderful, young Amish man who has never been tempted to leave his faith or his community. Danielle is Englisch. Levi’s parents don’t like even the deep friendship between the two young people, but they are soon to get the shock of their lives, when Levi announces his intent to marry Danielle.
I confess: I’m a sucker for a good romance, but not of the cheap, drugstore variety. I want some depth in the characters, a good story line, and to be left wanting at the end of the story. Not left wanting resolution—that’s just frustrating—but wanting more. More stories involving these characters.
That is a danger in reading well-written novels, even if they are stand-alones: Where characters are given depth and humanity, they come alive in the pages, and I want to follow them further in their lives, their faith, their families. And when an author wraps up a series, I want to argue, because whole extended families have been ripped from my life. Okay, maybe I need to get one of those.
Wiseman has written other stories involving several of the characters who appear in His Love…, and still I want more. When I finished the book for the second time, I could identify three possible directions for the author to go in the next book. I hope she hasn’t decided to move on and let these characters go.
I highly recommend His Love Endures Forever. It’s great for an evening spent curled up in front of the fireplace, even if it isn’t cold enough, yet, for building a fire.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze program. TN did not require me to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.