Book Review: Under the Heavens by Thomas Nye

Under the heavens

The Synopsis:

Lenny happened to notice his blurry reflection on the windowpane. He knew it was his image; nevertheless, he couldn’t recognize his own face. Those almond-shaped eyes and dark-brown hair belonged to him, yet, inside, he felt disconnected from his past, having never known his own father. Grandpa had insisted, “Leonard, needs to come spend a summer at the home-place …” A teenage boy, struggling with his identity, reluctantly leaves his modern, city-life behind and enters the slow-paced, mysterious world of the Amish. Grandpa teaches Lenny to farm with draft horses, a tranquil experience that seeps into his soul, changing his perspective. A neighbor girl appears while he is working in the fields, weaving a romance in the fabric of his summer. Lenny discovers that everyday on an Amish farm is an adventure. Thunderstorms rumble above, as a fragile relationship, between an Amish family and their non-Amish visitor, begins to unravel. Daybreak in a cow pasture, plowing with horses, enchanting moonlit buggy rides, and picturesque sunsets are all part of life, Under the Heavens.

My Review:

This book was interesting. I am not a huge fan of Amish Fiction, but every now and again I find myself reading one and most of the time I enjoy them. This book however, I didn’t care for. It seems like every time the author said something about Lenny, it was always about “their city-boy cousin” and it got annoying after a while. Also, Lenny is supposed to be a teen, I assumed 14 or 15, yet he acted like he was 11 or 12. I feel like he as a character was underdeveloped and I didn’t enjoy reading about him at all. But, the storyline was very interesting and I don’t hate the book, so maybe this book just wasn’t for me. If you like Amish Fiction a whole lot, you might like this book, but for those who don’t read it often, there are other Amish books that I would recommend over this one.

“I received this book from Crosslink Publishing/ Book Crash Blogger Review program for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”


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