Going Home by Wanda E. Brunstetter

51AdxkoFSsL._SL500_Fiction — print. Barbour, 2007. 288 pgs. Received from PaperBackSwap.

Faith Stutzman Andrews left her Missouri Amish community ten years ago to pursue her career as a comedian. Now widowed, Faith shows up on her parents’ doorstep with her six-year-old daughter in tow, and tells the whole community she’s back for good. However, her plan is to get Melinda acclimated to life in this strict Old Order Amish community, and then head back to Branson to perform as an entertainer once again leaving her daughter to be raised by her parents.

Noah Hertzler often bakes desserts that he gives to others, attaching verses of Scripture to each culinary delight in the hopes of soothing the soul as well as nourishing the body, but his verses seem to have no effect on flighty Faith and he slowly begins to realize he can’t love her when she rejects such a large part of his life.

I find Brunstetter’s novels to be very comforting; it’s very easy to slip into the story and just feel good when I’m done reading them. They’re fairly predictable, but sometimes I need predictable and cheese in my life. I wouldn’t say this is my favorite wayward-daughter-returns-home-to-Amish-community novel I’ve read as there were a couple of points where the story didn’t really mesh and I found it hard to believe that the community as a whole supports joke-telling, but that Faith still felt ostracized. Noah, on the other hand, is understandable simply because the rigid Amish subscribe to gender roles that mandate women in the kitchen and men in the field. The insertion of Barbara Zook felt incredibly forced, but I imagine that’s because the next novel in the series will deal with her life.

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