August 8, 2014

Book Review for "Under the Heavens" by Thomas Nye

"Under the Heavens"  by Thomas Nye is the first book in his Amish Horses Series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nye is an extremely gifted writer, and I found myself sharing some beautiful quotes from this book with family and friends on several occasions.
Being a fan of Amish fiction, I was excited to try this new series.  Many of the Amish fiction books I have read in the past have a style and voice that I have become accustomed to, but Nye brings a fresh new perspective to the genre.  It didn't feel like all the other Amish books I had read, and that made it even more interesting to me.
Although the book does focus at times on relationships between the Amish family members, the majority of the book focuses on the main character Lenny who leaves modern society to live with his Amish relatives for the summer.  His Grandfather puts him to work on the farm and teaches him the art of farming with draft horses. At first very intimidated, Lenny second guesses himself and lacks confidence, but with the help of his wonderfully invested Grandfather, he overcomes his fears and  blossoms into an expert horseman. His relationships with the individual horses are very endearing to the point that the horses themselves become much loved characters for the reader.
There are all sorts of twists and turns throughout the book which add both levity and drama, and more sweet moments between Grandfather and Grandson than can be counted. "Under the Heavens" is a heartwarming, thoughtful and worthwhile read.  I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction, or Christian fiction in general.
A quick note about the cover: My copy arrived looking very dark and foreboding (darker than the photo above), but that does not at all represent the wonderful contents of the book. I think it was a printing issue.  Click here to check it out on Amazon: "Under the Heavens"

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash in exchange for an honest review.

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