Publisher: Shiloh Run Press | Published: September 1, 2016 | Formats: eBook, Paperback, and Audio (290 pages) | ASIN: B01BPYK76G, ISBN: 9781634092241, and Audio ASIN: B01KTZHW2Y | Origin: NetGalley
Within THE HAWAIIAN QUILT by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter, we travel with four young Amish women from Indiana on a one-of-a-kind vacation to the beautiful islands of Hawaii. While these remaining days before joining the Amish church are exciting and fun, this vacation just might forever change lives!
Mandy Frey wants to visit Hawaii, and it takes long for her and three friends to save enough money to join this cruise. Barbara, Ellen, Sadie, and Mandy are experiencing the world aboard a luxury liner with food, entertainment, and fellow tourists. Except they do tend to stand out from most folks. Their plain dress and Amish bonnets are noticeable in any crowd. However, the misconceptions many believe about the Amish community come into focus on this journey, but they already expect this. Moreover, with such limited time, the brave young women decide not to let the questions or comments spoil their fun.
The many expeditions do not include enough hours in a day to do all. It has been predetermined.
To separate is the best thing they can do, although no one will ever be alone. Two by two, these Amish visitors go on junkets with cell phones to keep on time and cameras to keep each other up to speed on the different attractions. Although seasickness cramps the plan at first, the four bounce from place to place, having fun, meeting new people, and taking in as much as possible.
Meanwhile, when boy meets girl, the timing is off. A telephone becomes lost, and a ship sets sail without two passengers. What will become of the two Amish women with little money and only the clothes on their back? A Christian couple takes them in, but one feels there is more to this story. Is there? Once the usual order for organic eggs arrives at the Palms Bed and Breakfast, this story becomes even more complicated. We’ll even begin to wonder about how this story ends!
Can romance blossom despite this distance or could love wilt like a flower in the cold back home in Indiana?
***This opinion is my own.***
THE HAWAIIAN QUILT by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter begins inside Indiana’s Amish community and sails to the Hawaiian Islands with four young Amish women along for one-of-a-kind vacation before they forever join their Amish church.
It has been Mandy Frey’s dream to visit Hawaii, and she and three friends leave their Amish community for a cruise. From prayers partners to travel buddies, these friends split up to see all the sites, but Mandy and another friend miss their return deadline from Kauai. Stranded without a place to go their fear grows.
When the kindness of strangers intervenes, it keeps them longer than expected out of their Amish roots. Will Mandy’s romance survive this long distance trip or will either one or both of these young women decide not to return?