A Road Unknown

A Road Unknown

Book 1 in the new Amish Roads series

Elizabeth is at a crossroad. She’s been given the chance to experience life outside of her community, away from the responsibility to care for her eight younger siblings, but Elizabeth Bontrager can’t decide which road to take. Goshen has its charms and pressures, but Paradise, Pennsylvania, sounds . . . well, like paradise. And it’s also home to her Englisch friend, Paula. Decision made. Elizabeth is Paradise bound.

But will the small town live up to its name? When Elizabeth meets Paula’s friend, Bruce, she quickly learns he wants more than a friendship. And the same might be true of Saul Miller, her new boss at the country story that sells Amish products to the Englisch community. As the two compete for her attention, Elizabeth is surprised to realize she misses her family and becomes even more uncertain about where she belongs. She has a choice to make: return home or embrace this new life and possibly a new love?

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  • Elizabeth’s escape from her family turns out to be Paradise in more ways than one. I enjoyed reading about her acclimation to an Englisch lifestyle. It seems that my favorite Amish books are the ones where the setting is in the Englisch world (maybe because that’s what I’m more familiar with.) Like me, Elizabeth learned that families can be found and made.

  • WV Stitcher says:

    A Road Unknown is the first book in Barbara Cameron’s newest series Amish Roads, and anyone who has ever read anything by this talented author knows you’re in for a real treat. Descriptive writing, and realistic characters make her books a joy to read, the inspirational messages that are often woven in about family and faith always touch the heart, and the romance is always sweet and touching. My only complaint is having to wait for the next book in the series!

  • The Talbert says:

    I have always enjoyed Amish fiction, so I was excited to read Barbara Cameron’s start to her new series, “A Road Unknown”. I had never heard of Barbara Cameron but it looked as though she was getting rave reviews from other authors I love.

    This book was a very interesting type of Amish novel. I know that every sect of Amish has their own rules but it is always a little disconcerting to me when it feels like they aren’t that much different from the rest of us. I think the beauty of the Amish is that they stand out from everyone else because of their beliefs and I really admire that aspect of their faith. Perhaps, though, the Amish world is changing as much as the English world.

    The story itself is great and interesting. I enjoyed the characters and the book was hard to put down.

  • Barbara did a good job with this book as she does with all of her books. I enjoyed reading how Elizabeth’s character develops as the story moves along. The title is very fitting for the story as well since Elizabeth is going down a road unknown to her. This book was enjoyable from the first page and kept me satisfied until the very last page. I thought it was neat how there were characters from both the quilt series and stitches series, it was a nice added touch. I am looking forward to the rest of this series. If you are a fan of Amish fiction you will enjoy this book.

  • A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron was a great book. I read this book in a few days because I had to know what happened and how things turned out for Elizabeth. This is the first book I have read by this author and I can’t wait to read more and to also read the next book in this series.

  • I totally enjoyed A Unknown Road. The story of Elizabeth’s plight for independence and growing up. She really desires to have a life of her own. She wants to know what life is like , not having to tend her kinner. She is longing for more. You will love her caring ways. Will she find that with Saul ? Will her parents let her go ? Will she find true happiness with Saul ? You will love the charm and wholesome adventure. This was the first book I have read of Barbara’s and I must say I love the way she weaves a tale. I like the way her story flows. What I really enjoyed is the way she incorporates the food that the Amish. She has included a wonderful recipe section in the back of the book and that is so awesome. After all, What is an amish story without food, right ? There are discussion questions as well , that make it a wonderful book for book clubs, church ladies groups. It will really make you think about life. I recommend this book highly.

  • This book kept my interest the whole way through. It is a very fast read. It was well written and flowed really well. I really connected with Elizabeth. I felt that her family was wrong to expect her to give up her wants and dreams to help with her younger siblings. She has a lot of decisions to make and some people think she makes the wrong ones, but she is a strong character. This book was filled with other great characters and I can’t wait to find out what happens next in this series. I highly recommend this book, you won’t be disappointed.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

  • I grew up in the beginnings of the home school movement, my parents wrote for the Teaching Home & other publications. I grew up surrounded by large families. Large meaning more than 8 kids, 5-6 was average. As a mother to six children, I have struggled over this issue. It was well written.

  • WordSmith says:

    I thought the idea behind this story–a young Amish girl running away from home because she’s overwhelmed at all her responsibilities–was interesting. I also liked how the book contained more of a mix of the Englisch and Amish lifestyles than most Amish stories do. That aspect made this novel unique from others. The main characters were pretty interesting, and I especially liked Saul, the book’s hero. The story plot has tons of great potential.

  • I love reading Amish Fiction and this fit the bill. I feel as if I am right there with Elizabeth going through the same things. The author really paints the picture with this novel. I of course got caught up in reading this that I could not sleep! I had to finish the entire book. I would LOVE nothing more than to write out the entire plot for ya, but then you wouldn’t need to buy your own copy! I give this book 5/5 stars. I LOVED it!

  • I stayed up till about 1am to finish this book, I loved it. It was nice having an Amish girl living in the English world, most books that I read are the other way around. If you like Amish fiction this is one you should read.

  • Elizabeth leaves her Amish home and community in Indiana and moves into an apartment in Paradise, Pennsylvania, with her Englisch friend, Paula. I felt so sorry for Elizabeth because she was shy, getting on a big bus taking her miles away from home, where she only knew one person. It was a difficult trip for her, but Elizabeth was so determined. And as it ended up, multiple time, God clearly shows Elizabeth that He has a plan for her, and she trusted Him. I really liked the two carved birds she brought as a reminder of God’s love and grace. Elizabeth meets many new friends and some family that she grows to love, but you will need to read the book to find out if the pressures from home calls her back to her old Amish community and a large family that think they need her.

  • This was the first book I have read by Barbara Cameron and I actually have another of hers on my To-Read pile which I am now eagerly awaiting! 🙂 I love this author’s style of writing and how her story just seems to flow. There wasn’t much about it that was super suspenseful, but it’s nice to heave a light read once in awhile that doesn’t demand all of my energy.

  • This is a great addition to the Amish Fiction genre and I look forward to to read the rest of the series. This had a little twist to the focus of the book that was truly refreshing. Great Book.

  • The characters are well developed and the story is sweet. It is a wonderful weekend read that I really enjoyed.

  • Well, you know I like Amish fiction and this is no exception. I totally fell in love with Elizabeth and can sympathize with her plight. She has to have a chance to use her own wings and fly. But will her flying cause her to leave the only world she’s ever known or will she keep her plain ways. Does she need a new town or a new look to make her life complete? Or maybe just one man! I can’t wait to come back to Paradise and learn more.

  • This is the first novel in the Amish Roads Series, from Barbara Cameron and I LOVED it. I always wondered if the Amish oldest girls often got tired of the weight of helping raise children and what would they do, how would they act. I think Barbara captured this very essence in Elizabeth’s character. In no way was she disrespectful to her parents but simply looked for a breather to gain the right perspective. I love how Saul enabled her to see things clearly in the end and can’t wait for the next novel in this series. I think it’s going to be a favorite of mine. There is a readers discussion guide at the end along with a sneak peek at Crossroads, the next novel in this series. I personally give this one a 5 out of 5 stars!

  • What a lovely story of personal growth, faith, and love. The characters of Elizabeth, Paula, and Saul were engaging and fun to follow. I look forward to finding out what happens in the next book in the Amish Roads Series, Crossroads.

  • Interesting story line.

  • This book grabs you from the very beginning. You’re wondering why Elizabeth is leaving her family. How does she know the Englisch friend she is going to live with? These questions do get answered but more and more get uncovered. I tore through this book and enjoyed it greatly.

  • I’ve never read any of Barbara Cameron’s other books, but I loved this one. The characters are so well rounded and have depth. Elizabeth’s struggles are so real that you can’t help but hold your breath as she goes about discovering who she is and what she wants from her own life.

  • SewCalGal says:

    If you love Amish Fiction and can only read one book this year, make it Road Unknown. Barbara Cameron does an excellent job creating interesting characters in a realistic, yet entertaining story, making Road Unknown a pleasure to read and leaving you eager to read the next book in this new series. This is a sweet Amish story that shares some “bumps” in the road of life, yet shows how taking a different road can open up new opportunities.

  • A new take on an Amish story, rarely do we see young Amish leaving home to stay Amish. They are on Rumschpringe, but this time Elizabeth is not trying to escape being Amish, she is just tired of all the work of eight younger brothers and sisters. I enjoyed this point of view of an Amish story. It was refreshing. The story was very good, I enjoyed it very much. We all face daily challenges and life happenings that tire us, how Elizabeth handled all that stress make this story more than a typical Amish youth on Rumschpring. Great story, looking forward to the next book in this series! 4 stars. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

  • I was the oldest girl in my family and I felt that my parents put a lot of responsibility on me that made me be able to relate to the burden Elizabeth felt. I think it took an incredible amount of strength for her to get away from the pressure put on her by her parents and grandmother but it took even more strength to be able to go back to her family and apologize for leaving them the way she had. The story is a great way to show how it is important to follow God’s plan for your life and not someone else’s.

  • This is the first book by Barbara Cameron that I have read. I wasn’t disappointed either. She had a way of grabbing my attention from the first page to the last. In some ways it was a bit different from other Amish writers. It still had the Christian values, charm, and all around intriguing story plot.

  • I enjoyed this book, especially the parts which took place in the craft shop.

  • A Road Unknown is the first book that I have read by Barbara Cameron, and one that I enjoyed very much. The author held my attention from the first page to the last. I thought she brought the characters to life beginning with the first paragraph; and I immediately felt connected to the main character, Elizabeth Bontrager.

  • “A Road Unknown” is a somewhat interesting story about a young Amish woman who has run away from home – not to leave her Amish faith but to escape the overwhelming demands of her family. It was interesting to read about Elizabeth’s experiences on her own living with an Englisch friend. Some of her experiences with modern appliances and devices were humorous and she learned a lesson or two when she tried dating an Englisch man. I enjoyed watching Elizabeth’s confidence grow as God seemed to place her in exactly the right place numerous times.

  • The author, Ms. Cameron wrote a heart-warming tale of self discovery, faith, and love. I would recommend this book to anyone. A good , clean, warm Amish read with a few lessons thrown in.

  • This is Book 1 in the Amish Roads Series. I encourage everyone to read it now! It is such a refreshing and heartwarming story of love, forgiveness and family. I love how Elizabeth’s character grows in her personal journey and how she comes to term with her choices and ability to move forward. Her character is very easy to relate to because everyone has choices they have to work through and be able to feel confident in them.
    Watching the relationship between Elizabeth and Paula grow despite their obvious differences was a testimony of how God can bring people in our lives at just the right moment. Paula helps Elizabeth start her new life, and is an encouragement to her.
    Struggles come to the relationship with Saul and Elizabeth, but by working together and trusting each other we find an amazing story develop.

  • I enjoyed this book, because it was not your typical Amish book. I loved Saul’s character and the way he acted towards Elizabeth.
    When Elizabeth is on the bus headed to Paradise, Pennsylvania and the woman on the bus makes mention about Rumspringa, Girls gone wild, Elizabeth’s thoughts cracked me up. “Elizabeth wondered where the Englisch got their ideas about Rumspringa.”

  • Enjoy being absorbed into this book, and hope you love your time here, as I did!

  • Moments says:

    Elizabeth is a character whom can be related to and be empathized with. How many times are we faced with having to decide what road to take and even after deciding which one, we are still filled with uncertainty and wondering what could have been? Elizabeth has felt like she hasn’t had time to really live life and have a life of her own, but once she is living the life it’s not as she expected it to be.

  • I really enjoyed reading this A Road Unknown. I thought it gave a lot of insight on how the Amish Community lives. I also like that Elizabeth was put in the English setting. I liked both of the men who wanted more than friendship. My favorite of the two was Bruce. You will have to read A Road Unknown to see what life Elizabeth chooses in the end. It may make you think about the decisions you have to make.

  • CTF Devourer says:

    Like many Amish stories, part of the focus of this one is on the comparison between the two cultures and the rigid rules of some of the Amish communities. This one has a strong focus on the personal element, Elizabeth figuring out for herself who she is supposed to be rather than the church leader telling her who to be. And it’s not a decision of whether or not to remain Amish, simply a decision of whether or not to grow up, fall in love, get married, move out, etc. instead of stay at home and continue raising her siblings.

  • This is a book of faith, family loyalty and love. The author writes and brings places to life as well as the characters. This is the first in this series and I cannot wait for the next.

  • From the first paragraph, I was hooked. Barbara Cameron captured me and I’m certain I’m not the only one. We are immediately pulled into the story and it doesn’t let go of us until we’ve turned the last page.

    “A Road Unknown” is full of fresh perspectives. It gives us a look into Amish life from a perspective that most people would never even consider. It gives us a deeper feel for the difficulties that these wonderful people who live “plain” endure – and not just from their simple lives either.

    And I love that it gives a whole new perspective on being a young woman in a tough situation. Amish or not, there are many girls who have been in the exact same position that Elizabeth was in and I believe this book will touch the hearts of Amish fans and non-Amish fans!

  • A Road Unknown’s plot is similar to other Amish fiction novels, where a young Amish woman ventures off to try out the Englisch’s world. Then she falls in love and has to choose between her Amish life and the Englisch world. Plus, there is a pen pal thrown into the mix, which has been almost to death in this genre. The author, Barbra Cameron, has written over thirty-five fiction and nonfiction books, so she avoids all the clichés that could have ruined the novel. Though the main character, Elizabeth, is likeable, I never understood her completely. Overall, I thought A Road Unknown was a cute, quick read.

  • This is much more going on beneath the surface of this quietly flowing story than meets the eye.
    A Road Unknown is about self-discovery, and about questioning your place in the world because you really want to be where you are meant to be.

  • I think Barbara Cameron just became one of my favorite authors – I’ve not read anything else by her but A Road Unknown which is the first book in her new series titled, Amish Roads Series, was great!

  • Elizabeth is an easy character to get to know and like.

  • . I love to read novels about the Amish because I find them and their lifestyle fascinating, so starting a new series where I might get to know several characters well when it’s all said and done is always something I am willing to do. I liked that Elizabeth wanted to step out of her comfort zone and go live with her Englisch friend somewhere entirely different from her family, and the second she meets Saul on the bus, I know immediately that I will like him as the story goes on. As Elizabeth’s story unfolds, it is clear that the responsibilities of her home life and helping take care of her brothers and sisters has taken a toll on her and she just wanted to step out of that life and find herself.

  • Barabara Cameron is a new Amish author for me but I’ll be reading more of her books.
    Ms. Cameron’s characters are a fresh perspective on the usual Amish fare. The English characters aren’t all rejects and the Amish women are not perfect. But we still have our happy ending although I wasn’t sure there for a while. Amish fans will enjoy this tale.

  • I love a story I can get lost in and that makes me really care about the characters of the book. This book does that in a big way and I was sad when I finished the last page, even though the story itself was very satisfying! I really liked this story and I’m sure you will, too!

  • I like everything about this book, from the cover to the story to the way the words are formatted within the book and the type of font used.

    I had difficulty putting this book down because I enjoyed the story so much! Saul was such a sweetheart and you can’t help but like Elizabeth and Paula. The book doesn’t have a lot of drama or twists but it is still a book that keeps you engaged and excited about the story.

  • Barb Shelton says:

    Ms. Cameron’s story of Elizabeth is so unlike other Amish stories I have read. She presented completely different aspects to the Amish/Englischer co-existence that were thought provoking, amusing, and complicated. Elizabeth was beginning a new life, learning astounding, perplexing, and comical details about the Englisch lifestyles living with roommate Paula, who is a harmonious helpmate for Elizabeth, aiding her to understand many things about the Englischer life in Paradise. Paula is waiting the return of her soldier boyfriend from Afghanistan.

  • I found the basic storyline quite inviting and there was a fresh and different look at traditional Amish fiction I’ve read in the past. The story moved along at a good pace and the characters were very intereting. I loved the theme of following God’s plan for your life. All in all this novel should appeal to all fans of Amish fiction. They will surely find enjoyment in this story. I cannot wait to read, Crossroads, the next book in the series. I enjoyed the little snippet of the second in the series at the end of the book and the discussion questions were quite thought provoking.

  • Elizabeth doesn’t just take an unknown road in this book, but a most unique one, as well! Forget trying to decide if she’s going to be Amish or English – she’s going to live Amish but in an English house and work in an Amish business and date both Amish and English! While it might sound confusing, it really wasn’t – but the reader definitely hops between both worlds.

    Yet it was really a fun read. Elizabeth doesn’t spend as much time mentally trying to figure out her life spiritually or philosophically as she does just taking the next logical step. Because these steps have put her in a rather unusual predicament, watching her navigate the sideways current makes for a great story.

  • Veronica's 'Views says:

    I really enjoyed this story about an Amish girl trying to figure out her place in the world. I liked the characters and their relationships with each other. I loved getting the guy’s and girl’s perspectives and what they’re thinking. I really liked the message about God having a plan and that He will take care of us since He takes care of the sparrows and we are so much more important to Him.

  • Ms. Cameron, in Elizabeth, has given us a character that as she grows and comes to understand just what she is doing and why we can identify with and root for to make the right decisions. All of the characters are interesting and we come to care for all of them. You wish they really existed outside of these pages so that we could go over to their homes and visit. This book is just a lot of fun and I look forward to the next book in this series.

  • If you’ve been following my book reviews you know this isn’t the first Amish Romance novel I’ve reviewed. The author does a good job of grabbing the readers attention and hanging on to it for the entire novel.

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