Three wonderful stories. Crossroads and the postcard are part of a set, it was nice to have both the books together and not have to wait for the second. It is about a Plain widow who looses her eyesight after seeing her son and husband killed in a buggy accident. When a Englisher comes to stay at her parents in and finds a postcard in an old desk, an old mystery is unraveled and a new romance begins.
The Sanctuary is about a troubled young women who is running from her past and how running to Amish country helps her find her faith.
These three stores mingle the lives of the Amish, Mennonites and "Englishers" - a very true depiction of how, despite our religious beliefs, we are all live in the same world and sometimes find friends in unlikely places.
This particular book does contain THREE separate books by this author.
A New York reporter sent to Amish country to do an article on "the Plain people" finds a 40 yr old postcard in a desk at the Amish B & B where he is staying. His inquires regarding the sender of the postcard are met with guarded hostilities by his hosts. As he sets out to find the answers to the who and why of the postcard he finds allies in the blind daughter and the granddaughter of the B & B owners.
This is really 2 stories in one - the story of Phil - the reporter and the story of Rachel - the shy blind widow and single mother who lives with her parents and assists in the running of their business.
I found this story a bit slow at first and then it really grabbed me and I could not put the book down.
This story is continued in The Crossroad.
An enjoyable fairly easy read, the character development was a bit lacking but I enjoyed the story overall and the Amish culture.
Compelling and Inspiring, Sanctuary is a harrowing love story of the power behind revenge, the price for freedom, and the solace found in friendship. It portrays characters both tender and flawed whose search for meaning brings them to a moment of shocking and profound truth.
From the remarkable writing team of bestselling author Beverly Lewis and her husband David.
For fear-ridden Melissa James, the roadside billboard offers the first shred of hope. Desperate for a place "where time stands still," Melissa finds safe haven amid rolling hills of idyllic Amish countryside and quaint clapboard farmhouses. It is there that she forms an unlikely alliance with a young Plain woman whose unwavering faith provides Melissa a glimpse of peace she has never known. But even here, she cannot hide. Ryan James had it all-a beautiful wife, a lucrative investment firm, a bright future. Then his beloved Melissa disappears, leaving him both baffled and frantic. Until that day, Ryan had embraced society's blase view of good and evil. Now, as he unravels the mystery that haunts his wife, he is faced with a depravity he cannot explain away, one that may cost him everything.