Once again beloved author Wanda Brunstetter has created characters that grab our attention and a storyline that tugs at our heartstrings. In 'The Decision', book one in her Prairie State Friends, we once again meet Jonah Miller, a young Amish buggy maker who leaves Pennsylvania after a heart breaking loss. The young widow Jonah was planning to marry discovers that her "dead" husband is actually alive on the night before their wedding. Jonah, needing to put distance between himself and the reunited couple, moves to Illinois to begin a new life. He feels that he has been given a second chance at love with Elaine Schrock but this also proves to be in vain. Elaine's promise to her dying grandfather to always take care of her grandmother prompts Elaine to release Jonah from any love and commitment the two may have shared.
As in true life, death or illness can alter many plans and this book has both. Dementia and MS affect two of the prominent characters and readers are given a glimpse of how the Amish might deal with these issues.
There are many decisions to be made in this story. Elaine must choose between keeping her promise or following her heart; Jonah must decide if he will remain single or risk losing his heart for a third time.
"The Decision" is a heart wrenching study of duty over personal happiness and a heartwarming reminder that 'good can come to those who wait'. Readers of this book will be glad they have chosen to read "The Decision" and they will anxiously await the second story in this series!
I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own thoughts.