The story is present day, but flashes back to the re-telling of a tale from the fifties about the clockmaker. Clayton Raber was a man who seemed to have been dealt with the wrong hand in the game of life. Left lame from a childhood buggy accident he was also scarred on his face; a scar that gave people impression he was small in many ways. He was gifted in his craft but his work was renowned for its beauty as well as craftsmanship. He was a thoughtful man who loved very deeply with a genuine heart. He never dreamed of marrying and when he did, it was no less than to the woman he loved beyond the gate of their adjoining farms. The circumstances of their marriage and her untimely death shrouded Clayton in such controversy that he left home, never to return.
The two main themes of the story are God’s will and true love. The characters did quite a bit of praying and soul searching, but still sometimes struggled with letting God have complete control. God’s love is true and we should love people like He does, whether they love us back or not. It felt natural and I could easily relate to the characters. This is the third book in the Men of Lancaster County series and is a stand-alone story I am on the lookout now for books one and two. A really great Amish story with a lot of twist and turns I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Amish Fiction.
I received digital copy of book from Harvest House Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for my review.