Jonah's Redemption

An Amish Romance

Christian - Amish
65 Pages
Reviewed on 04/07/2020
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Author Biography

Sylvia Price first met Mennonite missionaries in Montréal when she was 13 years old. She was captivated by their faithfulness to Christ, their politeness, their calm lifestyle—especially in comparison to the bustle of a major city—and how they could enjoy the simplest things to the fullest. When they opened their home for her to stay with them for three weeks, she was made to feel like family. Their enduring legacy in her life was to get her a library card and to start reading for her to cope with the loss of television and radio. With a new-found appreciation for books, Sylvia set her sights to college then seminary in service of the Lord. She now spends her time writing, hoping to inspire the next generation to read more stories.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Mary Lou is determined to spend her rumspringa (a wild time all Amish teens go through before making a decision whether or not to join the church) in the city working in a seamstress shop. After a year of being deathly ill and hospitalized, Mary Lou believes she’s following God’s calling. When she meets Jonah, the delivery boy, and learns of the Amish past that has made him very angry, she believes even more strongly that God has led her to the city to connect with Jonah and help bring him home. Only, things don’t go quite as planned. Just when she believes she has made a positive impact on the young man, something dreadful happens, pushing him further away than before.

Sylvia Price’s romance novella, Jonah’s Redemption: An Amish Romance, is a simple story following a simple life. There’s always something soothing and comforting about reading a story about the Amish and Sylvia Price clearly makes her story both soothing and comforting. The plot follows a steady progression, although the timeline jumps around. For example, after being at Mary Lou’s home with Jonah for a day, all of a sudden they’ve been at Mary’s Lou’s for about a week and Jonah’s job in the city is threatened because he’s been away too long. The time jumps aside, the characters are well developed and believable and the setting is aptly described. Jonah’s Redemption: An Amish Romance definitely has merit and potential and will be a simple read for a quiet time, which we seem to have lots of right now.