Book Review of Fields of Corn by Sarah Price
This book captures you from the start and takes you right into the lives of the loving Amish Lapp family and the 22 year old Englischer girl, Shana, who wants to rent an apartment on their farm for two months. Shana, from Connecticut, just received a promotion as a restaurant manager in Lancaster and needs a temporary place to stay. She is captivated by the serenity and beauty of the country as opposed the noisy and dirty city.
Shana meets the Lapp’s 26 year old son Emanuel, he is curious about Shana and her world and a friendship begins. Even though the friendship begins innocently, Amish men and Englischer women do not spend time alone. Emanuel’s mother is concerned that he is drawn to Shana.
Emanuel and Shana begin taking carriage rides, visiting his family, playing volleyball, and going horseback riding. Their feelings slowly begin to grow as they learn about each other. Shana asks Emanuel to teach her about the Amish way of life and he agrees. She becomes enchanted with the Amish lifestyle. So slowly, their feelings deepen even though a relationship between an Amish man and Englischer woman is forbidden.
The romantic scenes are beautifully written, tension is created with the knowledge that his beliefs and values are counter to her independence and career. The author pulls all the pieces together in a new and different way and thankfully we do not have a cookie cutter Amish romantic novel here. The ending is emotional and satisfying. I must say I didn’t foresee where this novel was going and I liked that.
Sarah Price has a wonderful writing style that grabs you and lets you be in the middle of the surroundings she is writing about. Her characters are richly drawn, you feel you know them by the end of the book. You can smell the farm as well as the delicious foods on the kitchen table. I look forward to the next book in this series.