Treasuring Emma (A Middlefield Family Novel), by Kathleen Fuller, is an enchanting story set in Middlefied, Ohio. It begins with Emma Shetler mourning for her newly deceased mother and unsure of how to support herself and her grandmother. Emma’s troubles are complicated by her sister, Clara, whose husband is out of work and is experiencing financial difficulties. Into this situation walks Adam Otto, who broke Emma’s heart when he left the Amish lifestyle two years before and is unsure about his future plans. All of the characters are then affected by Mark, Clara’s husband’s cousin, who comes in attempting to deceive them.
The story is more developed than the average Amish novel. The plot is unpredictable, as one is not really sure what Mark is going to do until the very end. Also, the characters are well-developed, making them seem almost real. For example, two of the married couples in the story are experiencing marital strife, and Emma is described as overweight and plain. I especially enjoyed Leona, Emma’s grandmother, with her spunky attitude throughout the entire story.
There were scarcely any weaknesses in the book. I would have liked the author to have explored the problem with Adam’s mother more, as I felt like I was left hanging. Also, the Amish girl Laura is dropped into the story near the end rather abruptly. There are only a few obscure references to her before she enters the plot.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes Amish fiction.
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