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Review of Home to Paradise: Amish Fiction by Barbara Cameron

I'm not always a fan of Amish fiction, but there have been a few that I reviewed and really enjoyed. I recently had the chance to read Home to Paradise, the final book in an Amish fiction series by Barbara Cameron.

Review of Home to Paradise by Barbara Cameron
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About the Book

John Stolzfus grew up in an Amish home. When he and his brothers entered their Rumschpring in the English world, all three struggled with going back home to their father who had been gruff and verbally abusive. When their father was diagnosed with cancer, the older two brothers went back one at a time. As they went they married the sisters from the Zook family.

Now with two sisters married off to Stolzfus brothers, Rose Anna is the last one at home. She's always assumed that John Stolzfus would return to the Amish world and marry her. But he seems to want to stay in the English world. Rose Anna devises a plan to use to get him back to the Amish and back to her.

As John and Rose Anna navigate a tricky relationship, both have moments of personal growth. And as time goes on, it seems that John may end up coming back to the Amish world after all.


Home to Paradise, the final book in author Barbara Cameron's The Coming Home series, is not to be missed! Rose Anna Zook always thought she and John, one of Stoltzfus brothers, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John, enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world, has other ideas. Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?

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My Thoughts

This wasn't my favorite Amish fiction. The characters seemed flat and two-dimensional to me. I didm't feel as if they were developed well. Events seemed to happen in a choppy, too-predictable way. And the ending seemed a little too neat and tidy and not very realistic.

I do like the glimpse into the Amish way of life. I enjoyed the subplot of Rose Anna's work in a quilting and crafting shop for abused women. That was an interesting story line. All in all, this is an easy read that isn't very deep or thoughtful but may be enjoyable if you're an Amish fiction fan.

I give this book three stars and a G rating for content. (There is some talk of the abusive situations that the women in the shop come from.) You can find the book on Amazon here.



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