“Kelly understands the human heart and writes about it with beauty and resonance.”
An Amish beginning…
At age twenty, Joel Umble, future Bishop of Ice Mountain, is strong, wise, and handsome. No wonder
nineteen-year-old Martha Yoder has always noticed him. Still, she dares not trust that her dreams of him could become a reality. Where Joel is striking, she is plain. Where he is educated, she’s had no time for schooling. Caring for her frail grossmuder and aging parents has taken all the time she might have spent being courted by boys her own age. And then there is the matter of Judah Umble, Joel’s harsh older bruder, who’s cast his cold eye on pursuing her since she was sixteen.
The only kind of cold Martha is interested in is the exhilarating chill of bathing in the creek in winter. It is there that she escapes her cares—and where she just may find the answer to her future in a most unexpected way—and gain faith that together, she and Joel will have a very special place among the Amish of Ice Mountain…
“Delivers a sense of escape from today’s hustle and bustle into a gentler and simpler world.”
“Long creates storylines that captivate her readers.” —RT Book Reviews
“Long’s writing style is smooth and engaging, her characters true to the period yet timeless in their hopes and flaws and personal battles.” –USAToday.com