I have always been fascinated by the Amish life and how they keep the faith when faced with difficult situations. Their lives are plain and simple and they do not use things like cell phones, electricity, and cameras. Out of touch with the real world? No, they are a people who have learned to live without material things in fear of becoming a rebellious people.
In this first book – which is a series of three – we are almost immediately introduced to the tragedy in the Fishers’ household when the mother is knocked down by a car. Her request before she closed her eyes was for Naomi to help take care of her younger brother and sisters.
Naomi Fisher’s life takes an about turn. She has to be on the clock 24/7. There is no time to rest, no time for courtships, no time for herself, yet her heart knew it already belonged to Caleb Hoffmeir. Her father seems to be critical of everything she does and often compares her to her mother. That is until one day, baby Zach is stolen from right underneath their noses from an English man, Jim Scott. Jim has a story of his own too. His wife, Linda wanted to care for a child and they set about adopting but when they got to Ohio, things changed and after snatching the baby from the Fisher’s yard, Jim never told his wife that he had kidnapped the baby, instead of faking ‘papers’ about the child’s real identity.
Naomi blamed herself for her brother’s disappearance and pretty soon she runs away from home with her good friend, Ginny. Out of faith and thrust into a strange world, she finds herself missing her family and eventually returns home.
Yet, if Jim hadn’t stolen the baby, Abraham Fisher wouldn’t have met Fannie and be happy again after his wife’s death. Naomi’s faith wouldn’t have been renewed much stronger. This book has helped me understand a little more about the Amish people and I admire their very strong faith in God.
The Quilter’s Daughter by Wanda E. Brunstetter