Book recommendation: Seasons
I started writing in my late twenties, wrote and wrote all through my thirties, and finally signed my first novel contract when I was almost forty. Currently, there’s a whole group of young women who are on the fast-track compared to my journey to being published, and I’m cheering them on!
Elizabeth Byler Younts is one of them. Her first book is Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl. Elizabeth tells her grandmother’s story. Lydia Lee is the oldest child in an Amish family during the Great Depression and struggles, along with the rest of her family, to survive. Work, sacrifice, hunger, and tragedy are all part of Lydia’s childhood, but ultimately faith, hope, and love become powerful forces that carry her through. I couldn’t put the book down. Elizabeth’s writing seems effortless as she expertly weaves this true story into a form as compelling as any novel.
Fortunately for me and all of her readers, her second book came out last month. I haven’t read it yet but it’s near the top of my to-read pile. This one, Promise of Return, is a novel and the first in her Promise of Sunrise series. It explores the Amish during World War II, a topic I’ve long been interested in. I can’t wait to read it!