Yesterday's Gone by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall ~ Book Review

October 2, 2022


About the Book 

Book: Yesterday's Gone
Author: Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall
Genre: Amish Christian Fiction
Release Date: August 30, 2022

Eliza Bontrager and Jesse Ebersol have fallen in love and are determined to marry, despite the belief of their Amish community and respective families that there's a hidden curse--one that only shows up when an Ebersol and Bontrager marry.

Before the ceremony on the day of the wedding, Eliza's great-aunt Rose gives her a family heirloom quilt and tells her that she may use it to change one event in the past. Eliza appreciates the woman's heart, but she dismisses the strange conversation while keeping the beautiful quilt.

Several years later, mourning the loss of their third child, Eliza discovers her inability to deliver a healthy baby is genetic. Remembering her great-aunt's strange words, she decides that if she can go back in time and reject Jesse's proposal, she can save him the heartache of a childless marriage. Her sacrifice will allow him to marry someone else and raise a family. But once she puts her plan into action, she discovers the true impact of her decision--on Jesse and so many others within their community.

My Thoughts 

Well this definitely was an interesting read and premise. I mean a time travel Amish fiction book who knew it could happen?! Obviously the Woodsmall's did and they did an amazing job with the story. While it kept with the traditional Amish quirks you would see and expect from an Amish novel it definitely morphed into something completely unexpected. I must admit the beginning of the story moved very slow for me and I almost gave up on it but then it all changed and became a book you had to find out what happened next!

The main characters Eliza and Jesse were well written and they definitely do things that are out of the norm for their community. They ignore the supposed curse they have within their families and marry pretty much against all odds. Of course this brings forth a series of events that leave them in devastating emotional struggles. This is when the "What if's" come into play in the story and the authors take you into twists and turns I definitely was not expecting. It truly was fascinating!

Overall if you enjoy the unexpected and can endure a slow beginning I definitely suggest this read! You may just enjoy Amish Fiction all over again!

My Rating: 4 Stars/Very good!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Cindy Woodsmall is an award-winning, New York Times, and CBA best-selling author of twenty-five works of fiction and one nonfiction book. Coverage of Cindy’s Amish connections and her novels has been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She lives in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.

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