"The Preacher's Daughter begins a remarkable journey of heartache and homespun delight--a series readers will find impossible to forget. Paradise, Pennsylvania, is likened to a little slice of heaven on earth...but for Annie Zook--the preacher's eldest daughter--it seems like a dead-end street. She is expected to join the Amish church, but at 20 she is "still deciding." Because of the strict rules that guide the Plain community, she must continually squelch her artistic passion, although it has become her solace. In her signature style, with character depth and unexpected plot twists, beloved novelist Beverly Lewis once again opens the door to the world of the Amish." (From - http://www.christianbook.com/)
The principle the book really emphasizes for me is the power of free agency and consequences. It makes me grateful to have the opportunity to choose my own path in life. In the book Annie is given the opportunity to choose her own path, but each choice means she must give up something dear to her-her art or her family. She cannot have both.I love reading novels about the Amish community and this was no exception. I find Beverly Lewis's writing style engaging. She develops her characters well and you begin to feel like you know them. Reading about the way the Amish people approach life and family is interesting and helps me to look at my own religious community with more appreciation. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series to find out what happens to Annie.Another book I would recommend written my Beverly Lewis is Just Like Mama. This is a children's picture book that I found utterly charming. It is a beautiful story to read to your children.