Still Life In Shadows – Alice J Wisler

9780802406262Still Life In Shadows by Alice J Wisler

Genre: Fiction

It’s been fifteen years since Gideon Miller ran away from his Amish community in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a boy of fifteen.  Gideon arrives in the Smoky Mountains town of Twin Branches and settles in at the local auto mechanic’s garage. He meets a host of interesting characters -the most recent acquaintances are Kiki, an autistic teen, and her sister Mari. Known as the “Getaway Savior” he helps other Amish boys and girls relocate to life in modern America.

One day the phone rings. On the other end is his brother Moriah calling from Florida. Of course Gideon welcomes his brother to stay with him and offers him a job. But Moriah is caught in a web which ends in his death and forces Gideon to return to the town of his youth, with his brother’s body in the back of a hearse and Mari and Kiki at his side. He must face not only the community he ran away from years ago but also his own web of bitterness. Will he be able to give his anger over to God and forgive his father? 

Another Amish book!! I found this book refreshing compared to the other Amish books I have read as they tend to focus on the characters living in the Amish community whereas this book looks at how Amish people cope when they decide to leave the community.

Gideon left his Amish home when he was 15. He didn’t get on with his Dad and couldn’t imagine living with him any longer. He moved to Twin Branches, got a job and learnt to live the English way. A few years later, his brother Moriah has followed in Gideon’s foot steps and joins him in Twin Branches. But Moriah begins to mix with the wrong people.

My favourite character in this book was Kiki, an autistic 13 year old who is trying to understand and get by in the world, where people are quick to judge. She befriends Gideon and works alongside him in the local garage fixing push bikes for the children in the town. Kiki brings another dimension to this book, and lightens the mood easily when things are looking down.

This book was a bit of a slow starter but once you got to know the characters it was fast paced and very enjoyable.

Rating: 5/5

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