“How come you came into my life at the moment our world fell apart?” Leora asks in Jolina Petersheim’s novel, The Alliance.
~ What ~
At three-hundred-eighty-four pages, this paperback targets those who enjoy love stories revolving around the simple life of the Mennonites after a widespread current-day catastrophe. With no profanity, the topics of suggested rape, killing, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. At the end of the story, there is a note by the author, her biography, a dozen discussion questions, and an advertisement.
In this story set in an Old Order Mennonite community in Montana, nineteen-year-old Leora Ebersole has to step in as the matriarch of her siblings when her father leaves and their mother dies. When an airplane crashes in a nearby field, she meets Moses Hughes, an injured pilot who informs the residents that an electromagnetic pulse has altered present day society.
Written in first person by Leora and Moses, the two battle their beliefs in God, others, and survival while the young leader of the Mennonite pines for Leora and Moses tries to redeem himself, trying to establish what he wants in life.
~ Why ~
The possibility of an EMP destroying America is impressive as it would indeed alter the way we live. I like how the author showed the frustrations and struggles in both the pacifists and those who stand up and fight back to survive. While the characters try to control their situation and emotions as they protect their land, possession, and hearts, they must realize that God is always there and has a purpose in everything.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not care for Amish or Mennonite-themed books will pass on this one. I found the ending abrupt and disappointing as it did not answer the many questions after spending time understanding the interactions and intentions between two characters’ lives.
~ Who ~
Having a Mennonite heritage, the author has written three novels as well as non-fiction and online and print publication articles plus winning a writing award. She and her family live on a solar-powered farm in Wisconsin.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. With the conclusion of the book hanging regarding many relationships, it would be more satisfying to give the reader some answers, still allowing ample teasers for the next book. Since I have read her past books, I appreciate the good writing, but this was not my favorite.
~ Want ~
For those who enjoy tales that blend the simplistic life of Mennonite living with current-day Englischers in a post-apocalyptic setting, this may be a good read if you do not mind so many loose ends at the ending.
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