Along Wooded Paths continues the story of Marianna Sommer and her family after their relocation to the Amish community near Kalispell, Montana.
Marianna has delayed her return to Indiana, reluctant to leave her family, the Montana community and the closer relationship with God she has found there. Another factor is her friendship with the Englishcher, Ben. She knows her friendship with him is endangering her heart, but how can she turn her back on such a good friend who introduced her to God?
Meanwhile, Aaron Zook has tired of waiting for Marianna to return to Indiana and become his wife. The cabin he has built for the two of them is completed and waiting for her and he wonders why she has delayed returning home, but he only knows that she has decided to stay in Montana longer. He makes the trip to visit her, and after being injured in an accident on the trip, stays with the Sommer family during his recovery.
We see Marianna’s attraction to Ben, which blossomed and grew during the first book in this series, reach a turning point as Marianna considers the changes loving an Englischman would make in her life. At the same time, Aaron’s constant, familiar presence reminds her of the dreams she had before she met Ben. Which direction will her heart lead her?
This is the second book in Tricia Goyer’s “Big Sky Novels”. I’ve enjoyed both books offered so far, and am waiting anxiously for the third book, Beyond Hope’s Valley, coming out in April 2012.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my review.