Title: Still Life In Shadows
Author: Alice J. Wisler
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Length: 298 pages
Rating: 5 stars
It’s been fourteen years since Gideon Miller ran away from his Amish community in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a boy of sixteen. Gideon arrives in the Smoky Mountains town of Twin Branches and settles in at the local auto mechanic’s garage. He meets a host of interesting characters –the most recent acquaintances are Kiki, an autistic teen, and her sister Mari. Known as the “Getaway Savior” he helps other Amish boys and girls relocate to life in modern America.
On day the phone rings. On the other end is his brother Moriah calling from Florida. Of course Gideon welcomes his brother to stay with him and offers him a job. But Moriah is caught in a web which ends in his death and forces Gideon to return to the town of his youth, with his brother’s body in the back of a hearse and Mari and Kiki at his side. He must face not only the community he ran away from years ago but also his own web of bitterness. Will he be able to give his anger over to God and forgive his father?
As a fan of Alice J. Wisler’s work (and after meeting her in person and seeing what a sweet lady she is-she lives just 30 minutes from me!) I was excited to review this book. I really enjoyed it! It’s not your typical Amish Romance novel. No, it’s more intriguing and more home-hitting than just a romance novel. That’s why I enjoyed reading this book more than her others.
This story of Gideon and how he left the Amish and became a savior to other young teens leaving the Amish lifestyle was a remarkable one. It’s filled with lessons on forgiveness, second chances, finding one’s self. Definitely an emotional journey for sure!
I really loved Kiki’s character……she was a wonderfully chiseled being and her struggles with being Autistic really lent a hand in the emotional, true-to-life aspect of the story!
If you are looking for an emotionally moving, inspiring read, then Ms. Wisler has the story for you in this book. She will touch your heart, grip and never let it go as you follow this redemptive 5 star book. Well done, Ms. Wisler, on another amazing novel!
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