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Book Review of The Englisch Daughter: A Novel

The Englisch Daughter: A Novel
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The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall has Jemima Graber in a tailspin when she learns that her husband has been hiding a secret that could devastate their family. Jemima is shocked when Roy tells her that he has depleted their savings account which means the end of her food truck dream and that he has a daughter with an Englisch woman. Jemima must care for the infant while dealing with her raging emotions. Abigail Graber, Roy's sister, is shocked by her brother's actions, but she does not have time to dwell on it when one of the horses becomes sick. Worried that it is a deadly disease that could wipe out their entire line of horses, Abigail works with the new hired hand, Chris Fisher. Abigail has not been able to give her heart to another. She does find herself attracted to Chris who has secrets of his own. The Englisch Daughter is a complex Amish story with realistic characters and situations. This is an intense book with strong emotions. I found The Englisch Daughter to be different from other Amish novels I have read. Very unique for the genre. I was surprised that the Amish in this community used cell phones and called for Uber rides. I was not familiar with the EHV1 disease that horses can get before this novel. It could quickly kill off every horse if the owner was not vigilant and quickly took the proper precautions. I liked that Jemima and Abigail had a dream of opening their own food truck selling authentic Amish food. This is something I have not encountered in any other Amish novel that I have read. I especially enjoyed the ending of The Englisch Daughter. The Englisch Daughter is a story about assumptions, misconceptions, betrayal, dreams, faith and forgiveness. My favorite line from The Englisch Daughter is âEven a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.â Fans of Cindy Woodsmall will be delighted with this book. The Englisch Daughter is a well-written, one-of-a-kind Amish novel.