Book Review

‘A Road Unknown’ by Barbara Cameron

bc aruSTORY: Will Elizabeth’s rumschpringe lead her away from her home and her faith—or show her a new world of love and happiness?

Elizabeth is at a crossroad. Will rumschpringe lead her away? Or bring her home?


She’s been given the chance to experience life outside of her community, away from the responsibility to care for her eight younger siblings, but Elizabeth Bontrager can’t decide which road to take. Goshen has its charms and pressures, but Paradise, Pennsylvania, sounds . . . well, like paradise. And it’s also home to her Englisch friend, Paula. Decision made. Elizabeth is Paradise bound.

But will the small town live up to its name? When Elizabeth meets Paula’s friend, Bruce, she quickly learns he wants more than a friendship. And the same might be true of Saul Miller, her new boss at the country story that sells Amish products to the Englisch community. As the two compete for her attention, Elizabeth is surprised to realize she misses her family and becomes even more uncertain about where she belongs. She has a choice to make: return home or embrace this new life and possibly a new love?


REVIEW: Elizabeth Bontrager is 20-years-old and the oldest of 8 children in her Amish family living in Goshen.  She works at a fabric store and each day after work, she immediately heads home to help with the family.  When she happens to meet a non-Amish girl named Paula visiting the area, they become good friends and continue to correspond with one another.  When Paula invites her to come live with her in Paradise Pennsylvania, she is thrilled.  While her parents are not very happy about her leaving, they do allow her to go.

On the bus journey to Paradise, she meets Saul Miller who lives in the town of Paradise. Elizabeth is so excited to share an apartment with Paula and learn all about the “Englisch” community so different from her Amish upbringing.  She gets a job working for Saul at his store that sells Amish-made merchandise.  As they get to know one another better, their friendship grows into love.

When Elizabeth decides to return to Goshen to spend Christmas with her family, she is happy to be with them again yet so torn because she wants to be back in Paradise with Paula, her friends and, especially, with Saul.

This novel was quite delightful and a learning experience for me about the Amish community, their customs, beliefs and daily life.  

*Connie for b2b

*Book provided by LitFuse Publicity Group

1 thought on “‘A Road Unknown’ by Barbara Cameron”

  1. One wonders if the author realizes that there is a Paradise, Pennsylvania–in Lancaster County! There are Amish in Lancaster County, and lots of other Plain People. There are Amish in Pardise. Old Order Amish.

    Too many authors are writing “Amish”-themed books and don’t know a thing about them, or they get things confused amongst the different Plain People. I realize authors are allowed liberty with fiction, but there ought to be a little understanding about what one is writing before doing it.

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