I received an advance copy of A Reckless Heart by Amy Clipson. The book is set in a modern day Amish community. Lydia is the oldest of four children in her family. She has many responsibilities thrust on her young shoulders when her youngest sister becomes ill. Her mother is consumed in taking care of the youngest child and Lydia is expected to step up and take on her mother’s responsibilities in addition to her own job as a teacher’s assistant and part-time baker in her grandmother’s bakery. Overwhelmed by the tasks expected of her she begins to struggle under the pressure. After
the Amish boy she likes stops pursuing her Lydia meets and befriends an English boy whose family has recently moved into the community. Their relationship is innocent but this doesn’t prevent Lydia from being put under the scrutiny of her father. I felt that she was judged unfairly by her father. I found myself resenting the discipline her father gave her.
This is a good read and I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.