Along Wooded Paths: A Big Sky Novel by Tricia Goyer is the sequel to Beside Still Waters: A Big Sky Novel (see my review here). Marianna, a young Amish woman, has moved from Indiana to Montana with her family and leaving behind a soon to be fiance', Aaron. Upon arriving in Montana, she is unaccustomed to the friendliness between the Amish and English, but soon grows to enjoy these new friends as she works at the local store. She also forms an unlikely friendship with Ben who is not Amish, but has taught her so much about having a true relationship with the Lord. Aaron decides to visit Marianna and hopes to bring her back as his wife. His surprise arrival was preceded by an accident which left him housebound for 6 weeks. During this time he lived with Marianna's family. Ben becomes more attached to Marianna, but knows he could never ask her to leave the Amish. Marianna struggles with her feelings for Ben and Aaron. Who will win Marianna's heart and will she sacrifice all she knows and loves?
I was so excited to read this sequel to Beside Still Waters because I felt that book left me hanging. I have not read any Amish book where the English were such good friends as depicted in this story. I loved the friendly tension and in my heart I wished for Marianna to choose a certain young man. But to do so would mean consequences for both. This book utterly had me wishing for a satisfying conclusion, but it was left much the same as the first book and there is a sequel I will be reading! I really enjoyed how the author gave equal credit to each man vying for Marianna's affections. I will be dying to know how the story continues.
*This product was provided to me free of charge for purpose of this review. This is my honest opinion of this book and no monetary compensation was received for my opinion.*