This is a well thought-out story of a 73 year old widow, by the name of Laura Kauffman, who wonders if God still has a purpose for her, after the death of her husband Eli. Told from an accurate and empathetic viewpoint, I enjoyed this book’s depth of meaning and the realistic characters, Laura, Zechariah, Ruby, Hannah, Mary Katherine, Jennie, and Abel.
A handy reference guide is at the beginning of the book, which explains who is whom, in each family, and…a glossary of the German dialect spoken by the Amish people in this particular community, which I thought were so helpful in keeping things smooth and understandable!
Zechariah is a widower who is in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Kelly Irvin dealt with this illness and it’s toll on the victim with much insight and compassion. My own dad died from complications due to Parkinson’s, and each situation Zechariah was in, brought back a memory.
As a mature older woman, Laura’s perspective was one I, and other older women, can relate to. Even if you’re not a senior citizen yet, I think you can gain some wisdom and knowledge about life after 50, if you read With Winter’s First Frost. Kelly presented a strong spiritual message, faith and hope in Jesus and God. I do recommend this book to people who want to read a story with substance and cohesiveness, that’s easy to relate to in one way or another. Thank you, Kelly Irvin.
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