Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer{Book Review}

About Beside Still Waters: Marianna Sommer believes she knows where her life is headed. Nineteen years old and Amish, her plan is to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and live in the only community she’s ever known.

When Marianna’s family moves from Indiana to Montana she discovers life and faith will never be the same. As she builds an easy friendship with local guy, Ben Stone, Ben not only draws her heart, he also gets her thinking about what loving God and living in community is all about.

As Marianna struggles to find “home”, she also encounters God in intimate ways. Click here to watch the book trailers.

My Thoughts…

I know that Amish fiction seems to be all the trend right now and it can be a little overwhelming to know which book and by what author you should pick up to read. I’m going out on a limb to say that anyone that is in love with that genre or wanting to jump right in and give it a try should definitely pick up Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer!

This book, though it took me awhile to finish reading due to personal issues and lack of free time is one that you easily wouldn’t want to put down. I was deeply intrigued and my attention was completely held from chapter one to the very end.

The characters were well written as well as the description of the areas in which the characters lived and traveled too. I always appreciate having a visual painted beautifully for me in words when reading books. Though I’m not Amish myself, I felt I could relate a lot to the main character Marianna. She has many hard life decisions to learn how to handle from leaving everything she grew to know community wise heading away from home, and her faith. And the title Beside Still Waters is perfect as this book really sheds the light on the fact that God’s Grace is enough for us.  And what’s neat too is that this book is based on a true story.

Overall an exceptionally well written title and the ending of this story was such a cliffhanger! I’m totally looking forward to the sequel , Along Wooded Paths which is expected to be released this fall!

This book just keeps on giving as a bonus is that at the end of the book several Amish recipes were included! I plan on try out the Potato soup one for my family this week! I encourage you to read the thoughts others have had on this desiring novel. Click here to read what other Litfuse Reviewers thought!

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About the Author Tricia: Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-six books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference in 2003. Tricia’s book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife. Visit for more info.

B&H Publishing group provided an advanced reader copy for my honest review.