When Daniel is wed to Hildie Raber his parents wonder if the match is wise. Four years later Hildie mysteriously disappears and everyone is shocked. Daniel is left with 5 young children and a heavy heart - surely Hildie didn't leave by her own choice! Then an Englisch [English speaking person]who has an auto accident, accuses Daniel of not having proper 'road manners'. When man threatens to take Daniel to court, what will happen? Will Hildie ever return?
An Amish community is shocked when Hildie Weaver disappears,leaving her husband, Daniel, and her young children behind. Ellie's grandson Daniel struggles to care for his family and eke out a living on their farm. His relatives and friends are supportive, but unspoken questions and suspicions about Hildie cloud their relationships.
Daniel's job at the local foundry, a necessity to survive, leads to events which put him at odds with the Amish church, and he is shunned. Yet even in bleak times, flashes of joy break through. The spirit of community and mutual aid and the warmth of Amish family life trumph over shadows. And always, for Daniel, there is hope. Hope that Hildie will someday return. Hope that eventually his actions will be understood by the church.
This is the 4th book in the series of "Ellie's People" written by a former Amish girl. I think this is the best of the ones I've read so far, though much of it was very sad and depressing. Daniel wants to marry a girl who was adopted by an Amish family. He is very much in love with her and his own family doesn't approve. It shows the struggle of life even amongst the Plain people. It shows how perseverance, patience, and trusting in the Lord for strength and help are extremely important. It seemed as if Daniel had one bad thing happen after the next, but regardless of it, he loved God and depended on Him even though it was incredibly difficult. Don't worry, there is a happy ending!