Daybreak by Shelley Shepard Gray is an Amish love story and unlike most it is of the New Order as opposed to the Old Order Amish. The people in this story have more freedoms and can more decide on their own what path they wish to take in life. This is the first of a new series called the Day of Reckoning. The Keim family is much looked up to in this community but like any family they are not as perfect as would seem from the outside. The generations which follow the first have difficulties attempting to maintain perfection and this is the story of their failure to attain perfect as well as how they try to cope. Viola Keim is of the 3rd generation and at the age of 22 is beginning to feel that she may never find love until she meets the son of one of her favorite residents at the Mennonite retirement home where she works. Her family life has begun to crumble as they attempt to deal with her father’s drinking as well as her twin sister’s failing eyesight. The family has just found a picture of their family matriarch dressed as an Englisher and she continues to deny any explanation of why she had her picture taken and why she is dressed in a graduation gown. Dark secrets from the past continue to be uncovered as the family try to cope.
I liked this book. It seemed believable as opposed to the perfect life often depicted in Amish love stories. The story is a quick read—I read it in a couple of settings. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the 2nd installment of the series.
I received this book from HarperCollins Publishers for this review.