Tragedy strikes—a brother and sister find themselves facing a situation that will shape the rest of their lives.
When a fire destroys the Lundys' barn, Winnie is injured trying to get the animals to safety. Confined to a hospital for weeks, out of touch with her loved ones who live too far away to visit by buggy, she must depend on Englisher Samuel Miller to keep her company. Though his family is part of Winnie's tight-knit Amish community, Samuel left years earlier to pursue a university education. Through conversations, and Samuel's dedication to her recovery, a friendship forms. But despite their growing attraction, Winnie knows it can never develop into something more as long as Samuel chooses to remain in the outside world.
Originally published in 2009, Forgiven is the concluding book in the Sisters of the Heart series - one of my favourites by this author. And probably contains the most powerful testimony of forgiveness I've ever read. Simple but profound, a perfect illustration of the healing peace forgiveness can bring.
This book reads well as a standalone but fans of the series will enjoy meeting up with Katie and Jonathan (Wanted) and Anna and Henry (Hidden). Gray has done a fantastic job of meshing their stories along with Winnie and Sam's.
There's plenty of drama and angst and enough emotional wrestling to make tender hearts ache, but I felt a sense of euphoria at the end. Gray's storytelling just has that affect on me. Another incredible series by an amazing author.
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