Lizzie Barkman and her sisters Clara, Greta, and Betsy have lived with their cold uncle Morris since their parents died in a buggy accident. Now their uncle is forcing Clara to marry their landlord who is old and not especially nice. Their only hope is their grandfather, Daadi Joe in Hope Springs. So Lizzie sneaks out in the middle of the night, and catches the bus to Hope Springs.
Daadi Joe refuses to get involved, and sends his co-worker Carl with Lizzie to make sure she makes it home.
Carl is not all that he appears and though he is dressed as an Englisher, he is actually Amish and being shunned.
Lizzie is industrious and determined. When she misses the bus back home she takes advantage of the extra time to try to win over her grandfather and find jobs for her sisters. Her faith blossoms in Hope Springs, as she is embraced by the community, yet her beliefs are challenged by her growing friendship with Carl.
Carl can't technically work for Joe, but he helps out when he can and they have an unspoken understanding. Joe really does care for Carl and hopes that he will return to his faith.
Overall this was a book with a lot going on, and explores the restoring of multiple relationships. A quick read with plenty of intriguing characters.
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