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Bethany House, Oct 2004, 12.99, 320 pp.
ISBN: 0764228730

With her beloved mother dead for seven years, Amish Leah Ebersol raises her two younger sisters who consider her their mom. Her sister Sadie has come home as a widow having married in Ohio; she must prove herself to the community especially the Bishop, after being shunned for an affair with an English person that led to a stillborn child before she fled town. Leah is concerned that her nine year old sister Lydiann will choose the wrong path having made close friends with a Mennonite child her age.
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Jonas Mast resides on Ohio where he still reflects on what could have been if his beloved Leah was not married. However, unbeknownst to him, a misunderstanding has kept him away from Leah. If he only had known she was single things would have been much different. Soon a letter never reaching its destination will bring these two together, but is it enough to keep them together for she has two sisters who need her.

The third Abram's Daughter tale, THE PRODIGAL, is a look at life in an Amish community during the Eisenhower administration. The story line invites the audience to follow their daily lives.

Harriet Klausner
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   different religions Who:    -   sister Matchbreaker    -   Yes Matchbreaker is    -   Sister Family focus?    -   Yes Family, loving    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   business executive Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   small businessman


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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