Between You and Me

Morrow. Jun. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780062425539. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062425577. F
Caleb Stoltz has never been baptized into the Amish church; but he lives an Amish lifestyle because he promised to raise his orphaned 16-year-old niece and 11-year-old nephew in the faith. When Jonah loses an arm in a shredder in a terrible accident, Caleb Caleb chooses between allowing his nephew to bleed to death and being airlifted to Philadelphia, where Caleb encounters and is attracted to medical student Reese Powell, who is on rotation in the emergency room. Adding to Caleb's problems is the disapproval of his community toward Jonah's robotic arm, which is viewed as "too modern." Reese also has her own troubles as she fights her parents' desire for her to become a pediatric surgeon and must select a residency placement.
VERDICT While there may be some crossover appeal to readers of inspirational Amish fiction, Wiggs's latest novel does not paint an idealized portrait of the Amish community. Instead, it explores family relationships, including abuse and unwed pregnancies, cultural differences, and the need to live one's own life. Recommended for readers of contemporary romance.

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