Cindy Woodsmall has a gift for putting her characters into impossible situations, and her new book, A Love Undone, is especially heartwrenching.
Andy Fisher, whom readers met in Cindy’s Christmas novella, The Dawn of Christmas, is a grass widower with a young son. A grass widower is a man whose wife has left him. She’s still living, therefore, he’s still married and must remain so, except in extreme circumstances, until his wife dies—even if this means he has to live alone for the rest of his life.
Jolene Keim, the oldest of five children, is also alone because of circumstances beyond her control. Many widowers have tried to court her, but she’s given her life to another cause. When Andy and Jolene meet while working together on his uncle’s farm to save a group of rescued horses, he believes she knows his situation—until it becomes clear that both of their hearts are involved in what can never be.
I wasn’t surprised by the book’s eventual resolution, but I still enjoyed reading how it all played out. I was touched more than once by each character’s sacrificial determination to do what was right for others in spite of the cost to self. God sees when His children suffer in this way. He rewards in His time and in His way.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers. I recommend it to Amish fiction fans.