When Susan Hostetler has a falling out with her boyfriend, Thomas Stoll, she leaves her Amish home and moves to Asbury Park, New Jersey, to experiment in Englisha life. There she learns to drive a car, takes her GED test, and dates young and handsome Duane Moran. Back home, her parents are devastated and miss their daughter terribly. But what can they do? Susan has a mind of her own.
Just as Susan in enjoying her new life, her plans are interrupted. She meets Teresa Long, a young, unwed, expectant mother who asks Susan to help her have her baby adopted by an Amish family.
As Susan is drawn into the young woman's life, she also finds herself drawn back to her Amish roots. When her relationship with Duane ends, can her heart truly return to the life she has left behind... and to Thomas, who is waiting for her?
Missing Your Smile by Jerry Eicher is definitely different from anything I have ever read about the Amish. Susan's heart is broken by Thomas and her best friend, Eunice, so she flees her home and the pain there. She works at a bakery and lives in the apartment upstairs... but struggles with using Englisha electricity to light the rooms, and carrying a purse or wearing Englisha dresses. Soon, Duane shows interest and they go on some dates. While he is very kind and caring, her Amish ways still hold them back from becoming more than just friends. And, then there's Robby. Robby is her bosses' son and he's a sweetheart that has strayed from any faith. He's kind of like a brother... he teases, but still listens when she needs an ear. Honestly, I wondered if something would happen between them??
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes Amish fiction or romantic fiction. I would also say this is a good book for anyone 14 and up. It is available for purchase in many places including: Amazon.com , Barnes&Noble, and CBD.
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