One of my favorite things is when I find a book that I love by an author whose work is new to me. I found a gem in Through the Autumn Air by Kelly Irvin. I absolutely loved this book, from the moment I first started reading it. I haven’t read a lot of Amish themed novels, but there was something about storyline that caught my attention.
Mary Katherine Ropp is a sixty-year-old widow and her last daughter is getting married. Most in the community would have her living with one of her married children and helping to raise her grandchildren. But Mary Katherine isn’t like most Amish women. She’s little bit spunky, independent, she likes to read, write stories and even dares to dream about opening a book store with her English friend Dottie. Also, part of the community is Ezekiel Miller who has been widowed for many years. In spite of grief, he kept family going through his business the Purpose Martin Café. Both Mary Katherine and Ezekiel can’t imagine getting married again so late in life, especially since they had wonderful marriages. But Ezekiel can imagine hiring another cook to help at the restaurant. In to the storyline steps the not so skilled, but very hungry burglar, Burke McMillan, who has a late-night encounter with Mary Katherine.
What I loved best about this book were the characters. They were very likable people that I would enjoy knowing. Mary Katherine was my favorite and I loved her ongoing conversations with her husband Moses. I loved Ezekiel’s tender caring heart, tender for Mary Katherine, open to help and give a new start to a stranger, loving to his grandchildren, especially Kenneth. Burke is a man of mystery. Is he just a down on his luck kind of guy, is he the thief that’s been plaguing the Amish community or is something more going on with him?
Kelly Irvin is a wonderful writer. She knows how to make characters interesting and very likeable, even in plain every day ordinary life. She gives insight into the characters and what they are going through at this stage in their lives. The Amish community setting is interesting but doesn’t overwhelm the story, instead it’s the background and reveals how these characters live their lives. I could identify with many of the feelings that Mary Katherine was expressing.
The one person, I wasn’t too keen on was her son Thomas because he was so disrespectful to his mother. I would think as a Christian, he would have tried to honor his mother, but instead he treated her more like a child who has misbehaved.
I loved Through the Autumn Air by Kelly Irvin and I look forward to reading more of her books. I highly recommend this story, it was lovely! I read this book during a very difficult time in my life and I found it to be a very comforting place to escape to for a while.
I would like to thank BookLook and Zondervan Publishers for the opportunity to read Through the Autumn Air in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.