When Ruth tNeufeld's husband and father-in-law are killed working for a relief organization overseas, she travels to Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law Mabel to bury her husband. She hopes the Mennonite community will be a quiet place to grieve and piece together next steps.
Ruth and her family are welcomed by Elam, her husband's cousin, who invites them to stay at his cranberry farm through the harvest. Sifting through fields of berries and memories of a marriage that was broken long before her husband died, Ruth finds solace in the beauty of the land and healing through hard work and budding friendship. She also encounters the possibility of new love with Elam, whose gentle encouragement awakens hopes and dreams she thought she'd lost forever.
But an unexpected twist threatens to unseat the happy ending Ruth is about to write for herself. On the precipice of a fresh start and a new marriage, Ruth must make an impossible decision: which path to choose if her husband isn't dead after all.
I was ready to give up on this book in the very first chapter, there was just so much sorrow I couldn't stand it. Real life described so well, that I became sad as well. So, I skipped some pages so I could arrive in a happier time. If you think about that, it does show in a way just how well this book was written.
Finally, I arrived at a time that became blissful and I had great hope for Ruth. I loved this part the best. What a great romance!
How did I like the ending? I don't know, to tell the truth I skipped some pages again when things took a turn, then finally gave up. I feel terrible, but yet relieved, and I'm glad to move on. Great book really but not for me unfortunately.
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