Elizabeth Bontrager just wants out. She wants to get away from her Amish community, and from the needs of her large family. It feels like she has hit a wall, like nothing makes sense here and everything is pushing in on her.
So Elizabeth runs away. No, this reliable girl doesn't climb out her window with her suitcase and hit the highway, hitch-hiking to the nearest city, hankering after some of those forbidden pleasures.
She runs away in a very respectable manner. She takes a nice job, does productive work. Lives with a wonderful student nurse roommate. And yet it feels wrong. She feels like she had abdicated her responsibilities and gone AWOL. For a girl who is supposed to be forever content in her community, serving her family, this was a strange and difficult step to take.
It is some time before her roommate Paula introduces Elizabeth to an explanation for why she was so eager to get away: Care-taker burnout. In the Amish world, where others are rightly valued above self, there was no time or place for her to recharge and refresh. As she looked after others she neglected the healthy, non-selfish care of her own person.
Slowly, over the course, of this story, Elizabeth begins to gain new confidence, peace, and balance. She never ceases to care for others, but she gives herself some freedom as well.
Making a change like this won't be easy for an Amish maiden, though. Not with a Bishop breathing down her neck, telling her to go home, and not once she's made friends who are like family.
And thereby hangs a tale!
This is much more going on beneath the surface of this quietly flowing story than meets the eye.
A Road Unknown is about self-discovery, and about questioning your place in the world because you really want to be where you are meant to be.
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CBD, CBA, and ECPA bestselling author of 24 books (including new series upcoming for Abingdon Press in 2011/2012) including fiction and non-fiction books for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Harlequin, and other publishers.
I sold three films to HBO/Cinemax and am the first winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award.
My two novellas won the 2nd and 3rd place in the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest from the Faith, Love, and Hope chapter of RWA. Both were finalists for the novella category of the Carol Award of the American Christian Writers Award (ACFW).