A Home for Hannah
Book 1, Amish of Pontotoc
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In Pontotoc, Mississippi, the Amish way means a chance to rebuild, renew, and rekindle a love from long ago . . .
Fifteen years. That’s how long it’s been since Hannah McLean set foot in the Amish community where she was raised. Through it all her heart has never forgotten Pontotoc—or Aaron Zook, her first love. Now widowed, and left with little more than her hurting teenager and her prayers, she returns home, even knowing she and her son may be turned away.
When Aaron learns Hannah has returned, he nearly falls to his knees. He’s a strong man, but lately the care of his three motherless children and family land have been more than he can handle. Now providence has delivered the first woman he loved, and with her, the rush of feelings they once shared. But will his simple, removed way of life leave Hannah longing for something more, or can they begin anew, finding a new way forward together?
Praise for Amy Lillard and her Wells Landing novels
“An inspirational story of romance, faith, and trust . . . will appeal to fans of Wanda Brunstetter and Beverly Lewis.”
—Library Journal on Caroline’s Secret
“A beautifully written romance with an adoring character. Lillard writes stories readers can relate to.” --RT Book Reviews on Just Plain Sadie
First book in Amish of Pontotoc series
A Home for Hannah by Amy Lillard is the first story in Amish of Pontotoc series. Hannah McLean is returning home to Pontotoc, Mississippi with her son, Brandon after the death of her husband. Hannah needs a place for them to stay until the estate is settled (her husband left her with a mess). She had left the community fifteen years prior to explore the Englisch world. Pontotoc is a conservative Amish settlement that does not have indoor plumbing (that is so wrong). It will be a big adjustment for her son, Brandon. When Hannah left she broke Aaron Zook’s heart. Aaron is now a widow with three children to care for as well as his farm. He prefers training horses, but there is little opportunity for that in his area. Aaron just received an offer for a job in Ohio working with horses which he is thinking about accepting until Hannah returns. His feelings for Hannah have not changed, but they can only be together if Hannah joins the Amish faith. But can they overcome the past to have a future? Can Hannah return to a simpler way of life?
A Home for Hannah is a sweet Amish romance. It does contain some nice writing, but I found the pace slow (which made the book feel long and drawn out). In some places the story stalled out (failed to move forward). The POV moves between Hannah, Aaron and Brandon. I enjoyed Brandon’s story more than Hannah and Aaron’s. He is taken away from everything that is familiar and thrust into a world with no computer, gaming devices or a phone (or indoor toilet). Brandon’s cousin, Joshua Gingerich befriends Brandon and shows how to enjoy life without modern technology (fishing for example). I failed to connect with Hannah. Her indecision, blaming others and her life choices were frustrating (after 15 years you cannot use lack of education and naivete as an excuse). There was too much redundancy in A Home for Hannah. The same questions or thoughts are repeated in each chapter (mostly in the first half of the book). A Home for Hannah just seemed off. I found it lacking (like the author was holding back and not letting the story flow naturally). I wanted more depth added to the story and less predictability. A Home for Hannah could have used a rewrite.