Review: The Struggle by Wanda Brunstetter

The Struggle by Wanda Brunstetter
Series: Kentucky Brothers (# 3)
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Publisher:  Barbour
Pages: 384
Source:  Publisher

Welcome back to Kentucky, where an Amish couple from Lancaster County seeks a new future in the land of tomorrow. When Timothy Fisher decides to move his wife, Hannah, and daughter Mindy to Christian County, where two of his brothers now reside, Hannah is very reluctant to go. Will the new home Timothy builds for them there do anything to lift her spirits? When a tragic accident occurs, Timothy and Hannah are inconsolable. Is an abrupt separation the beginning of the end of their marriage, or will they rally to seize a God-given second chance?


Review:  I love Amish fiction. I love the mannerisms, the simplicity of life, and the values that are represented by this culture. The Struggle is a wonderful depiction of such a life.

Fisher makes the tough decision to move his family (wife, Hannah, and daughter, Mindy) to Kentucky against his wife’s wishes. But Timothy feels that the move will be the best thing for his marriage. His wife clings to her mother. Their relationship is putting a strain on Timothy and Hannah’s marriage, and Timothy is eager to join his two brothers who already live in the Blue Grass State.

But Hannah is unhappy in Kentucky and doesn’t seem to care who knows it. Without spoilers, the move does not help their marriage and could even be said to make it worse.

Aside from the main story between Timothy and Hannah, there is also the relationship between Esther and Timothy’s brother, Samuel, and their boss, Allen, and the B&B owner, Bonnie.

Three great stories in one book, along with a great mix of Amish and English living close and sharing in the joys and traditions of each culture equals a great read.

All in all, The Struggle is a fabulous book about forgiveness and hope, God’s blessings and His mysterious ways, as well as second chances for them all.