Over the past few years, I have enjoyed many of Tricia Goyer’s novels, particularly her historical fiction. In her new series, Tricia is exploring a new genre: Amish fiction. In Beside Still Waters, Tricia tells the story of Marianna Sommer. Marianna lives in an Amish community in Indiana with her family. Because she was born on the same night her sisters died in an accident, Marianna lives with the desire to be the perfect daughter. She appreciates the strict rules of her Amish community, and she is ready to join the church and become a wife and mother. Unfortunately, Marianna’s parents decide to leave Indiana for an Amish community in Montana. They want to escape the sorrow from the past and the pain that their oldest son Levi has caused by leaving the Amish way of life. Marianna agrees to move with the family for a short time before returning to her beloved beau and her familiar community.
Marianna is immediately struck by the beauty of Montana, but she is angered by the differences between the new Amish community and the Indiana Amish. She feels the West Kootenai Amish are too lax and mix with the Englisch entirely too much. As time passes, however, Marianna begins to love her new home and question some of the rules she has followed all her life. When Ben, a young Englischer, provides her family with an English Bible and speaks about God in a personal way, Marianna is both interested and fearful. She must decide whether to return to the comfortable life she knew in Indiana or to face her questions and doubts.
Although this is a fictional tale, Tricia Goyer based the story on the lives of her Montana friends. Since most Amish fiction is set in Pennsylvania, I found the western setting fascinating and a nice change of pace. I didn’t realize there were Amish communities in Montana, and I enjoyed reading about the differences between the West Kootenai Amish and eastern Amish communities. Tricia lives in Montana, and you can sense her appreciation of the beautiful landscape throughout the pages of the story. Beside Still Waters is the first book in the Big Sky Series. I enjoyed this novel, and my only complaint is that I have to wait until book two is released to continue the story.
If you would like to read Beside Still Waters, please leave a comment on this post. We have one copy to giveaway to one of you, and we will announce the winner on May 4th. Author Tricia Goyer is hosting a contest as well. To celebrate the release of the first book in the Big Sky Amish series, Tricia is giving away 10 copies of Beside Still Waters and a pair of antique Amish salt & pepper shakers. You can find the details at Tricia’s blog: It’s Real Life.
Lauren is a wife, mother of two, and an avid reader. She thanks Litfuse and B&H publishing for the review copy of this book. Lauren blogs at Baseballs and Bows.
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I would like to read this book. I follow Tricia on Twitter and have enjoyed “getting to know” her that way!
Carol Wong says
I would really love to read this book. I haven’t had the chance to read any of Trisha Goyer’s books yet. The story line sounds very interesting.
I come from Indiana and would be interested in how The Amish Community in Montana is different.
Yes, I’ve always been interested in the Amish. In 8th grade I wrote a paper about them and earned an A+.
vickie couturier says
sounds like a book that I would really enjoy
I really think that I would enjoy this book. I actually think that I have it on my Kindle. Maybe a free copy was offered, or I got in on NetGalley (or I’m totally wrong). I need to hole myself up somewhere and just READ.
I would be very interested in reading this! I am not familiar with this author but she sounds like she’s right up my alley!
Tammy Gordon says
Would love to win this!
I keep hearing about the new genre of Amish fiction and it sounds fascinating. I’d love to give this a try!
Sandra Stiles says
I am not familiar with Tricia Goyer’s work. It sounds promising. I am a fan of Amish Fiction. I would love an opportunity to win a copy.
I would love to win a copy of this! Please enter me in the giveaway!
I would like to be counted in for this giveaway. Thank you for sharing.
Beth C says
I’d really enjoy this. Please enter me and thanks!
Linda Kish says
I would love to read this book.
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This book sounds very interesting. I’m going to look it up.
I would love to read this. Thanks for the opportunity.
LOVE Amish fiction. Would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!
Karen Gonyea says
Looks very interesting 🙂
Alison S. says
I would like to read this.
sounds like a really interesting book! I also had no idea there were Amish communities in Montana!
Thank you for this opportunity! Sounds like a good one.
I adore everything that Tricia writes…
Her new Amish Fiction is a book that I would
really enjoy reading and passing on to my
family and friends!
Many thanks to you…
Some Lucky Dog says
I’d love to win this book and if I don’t, I’ll definitely be buying it. The West Kootenai Amish live just across Lake Koocanusa from us. We love going there to visit and eating the weekend dinners they prepare at the Amish store. Their annual auction they hold to raise funds for their school is a huge event!
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sounds like a wonderful book!
Miranda Ward says
looks like a great book
Shannon Baas says
Looks like a good book.
Debra Hall says
im a avid book reader and i think this would be a good book
Debra Hall says
new facebook fan
Jennifer Short says
This sounds like a fantastic book. I’d love to win!
EMMA L HORTON says
I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THIS BOOK TO READ
This book sounds great.
I have recently read a few Amish based novels from other authors and would be interested in reading this one.
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Nicole C. says
I would love to read this book. I love reading books about the Amish!
Count me in!
I would love to read this book, it sounds really good.
I would like to be counted in on this one, I haven’t read any of her books yet!
Sounds like a very interesting book. And I *love* Montana!
Staci A says
I would love reading this. We live in an area with a huge Amish population, so it would be interesting to read more about their way of life.
Daniel M says
have always been fascinated by the amish
Ellie W says
This sounds like a great book.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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Ed Nemmers says
I would like to read this book!
Debbie Kennedy says
I need some new summer reading material and would love to add this to my list!
Kim H. says
I wasn’t at all interested in this book (and wasn’t going to enter) until I read your entire review. You have me hooked. I have this written down if I don’t win. Thanks so much for the review. I love finding new books, esp new books I might not have otherwise tried. 🙂
Jennifer J says
I love to read so I really hope I win!
kathy pease says
Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in 🙂
Diane Baum says
I haven’t read any of Goyer’s books yet, but have heard that she is an excellent writer.
susan smoaks says
i would love to read this
Shaunda Eppes says
This book sounds great. Would love to read it.
Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot com
Great Contest, Nice prize, Thanks for the chance to win it, cuz I like winning and winning is FUN!