Carly Blosser may not match the typical description of a conservative Mennonite woman—unmarried at 27, living alone, and careening around her Oregon neighborhood on a pink bicycle—but she has a soft heart for the elderly Mennonite residents at Sweet Life Assisted Living Facility, where she works as a caregiver. When Carly’s plans for a new volunteer program go awry, she shifts her focus to one lonely resident named Martha. Adam Lapp, a wood shop instructor at Sweet Life, joins with Carly to reunite Martha with an old flame before her 85th birthday. Carly and Adam’s hunt involves carved initials on covered bridges, digging up the past, and the appearance of a newcomer, who hinders the budding romance between the two. Soon, new clues sweep them all in a harried race to the finish line where love is sure to be the ultimate prize.
“Uncertainty merges with tenacity in a story of resourcefulness to bring joy to one lonely heart while spilling love across the pages in the process. Readers caring for aging friends and family will spot themselves in the fervent quest to solve the mystery and uncover delight.”
-Olivia Newport, author of Amish Turns of Time historical fiction
Christner’s (“Plain City Bridesmaids” series) well-crafted, small-town setting and endearingly quirky characters will engage fans of Amish fiction, particularly those who like Margaret Brownley. Readers in search of an enchanting romance will enjoy following the blossoming relationship between Carly and Adam.
(Library Journal 2016-02-01)
Carly is a fun protagonist that readers quickly fall for. Her quirky, strong willed character is a breath of fresh air, and her compassion is endearing. The relationship she has with Adam Lapp is both humorous and frustrating, and while readers root for them to end up together, the novel is not predictable enough to know if that is what is going to happen. Overall a quick, lovely novel that leaves readers with a smile.
(Sarah Frobisher RT Book Reviews 2016-03-01)
Carly Blosser may not match the typical description of a conservative Mennonite woman—unmarried at 27, living alone, and careening around her Oregon neighborhood on a pink bicycle—but she has a soft heart for the elderly Mennonite residents at the assisted living facility, where she works as a caregiver. Carly focuses on one lonely resident named Martha and decides to reunite her with an old flame by her 85th birthday. Soon, new clues sweep Carly in a harried race to the finish line where love is sure to be the ultimate prize.