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June 30, 2014


Amish Horse Series
Book One
Thomas Nye

Under the Heavens

SUMMARY (from Amazon)
Lenny happened to notice his blurry reflection on the windowpane. He knew it was his image; nevertheless, he couldn't recognize his own face. Those almond-shaped eyes and dark-brown hair belonged to him, yet, inside, he felt disconnected from his past, having never known his own father. Grandpa had insisted, "Leonard, needs to come spend a summer at the home-place ..." A teenage boy, struggling with his identity, reluctantly leaves his modern, city-life behind and enters the slow-paced, mysterious world of the Amish. Grandpa teaches Lenny to farm with draft horses, a tranquil experience that seeps into his soul, changing his perspective. A neighbor girl appears while he is working in the fields, weaving a romance in the fabric of his summer. Lenny discovers that everyday on an Amish farm is an adventure. Thunderstorms rumble above, as a fragile relationship, between an Amish family and their non-Amish visitor, begins to unravel. Daybreak in a cow pasture, plowing with horses, enchanting moonlit buggy rides, and picturesque sunsets are all part of life, Under the Heavens.
  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: CrossLink Publishing (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936746794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936746798

This book was a different take on Amish life.  This was about their horses and how important they were to the Amish families.  The book is about Lenny, whose father had left the Amish years ago. He goes to spend the summer with his step father's Amish family.  He doesn't know these people or their ways.  It was like going into another world for him.  He likes horses so the grandfather made him "the Horse Boy".  His grandfather teaches him how to work with the horses while working on the farm.  Lenny slowly learns to understand and love the horses.  He learns how to work with them.  What to do and what not to do.  As each day comes and goes, he grows more confident in working with them. He not only learns about the horses but about the lifestyle and he becomes more confident with it also.  Of course, we need that little bit of puppy love, romance?    There is so much to be learned in this book.  Like I said, it's not your normal Amish read. It's educational, fun, and interesting.  I found it hard to put the book down.  I wanted to know if Lenny wanted to stay or was he in a hurry to get back to his TV and modern ways.
Everyone who loves Amish books, should read this book.  It's fun, educational, a little romance tucked in, interesting and different.  I'm hoping the next book isn't far away.

I was given a complimentary copy of UNDER THE HEAVENS from the author Thomas Nye and Book Crash for my view of this book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

Thomas Nye, moved to a rural community in Iowa when he was nineteen. His first acquaintances happened to be an Amish family, and they took him to visit Amish Church, Singings and Volleyball games. Over the past two decades, he has owned draft horses, which were acquired from local Amish farmers. Through these neighbors, he learned to work with horses in harness. Almost a time-traveler, Thomas visits the 1800's when with his Amish neighbors; returning to the modern world when at work as a letter carrier in Iowa City, Iowa. A natural-born story teller, he intertwines his own life experiences into his writing.


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