The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim Review

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Goodreads Synopsis: When Leora Ebersole sees the small plane crash in her Old Order Mennonite community, she has no idea it’s a foreshadowing of things to come. Once the young pilot, Moses Hughes, regains consciousness, they realize his instruments were destroyed by the same power outage that killed the electricity at the community store, where Englischers are stranded with dead cell phones and cars that won’t start.

Moses offers a sobering theory, but no one can know how drastically life is about to change. With the only self-sustaining food supply in the region, the Pacifist community is forced to forge an alliance with the handful of stranded Englischers in an effort to protect not only the food but their very lives.

In the weeks that follow, Leora, Moses, and the community will be tested as never before, requiring them to make decisions they never thought possible. Whom will they help and whom will they turn away? When the community receives news of a new threat, everyone must decide how far they’re willing to go to protect their beliefs and way of life.

My Thoughts: The synopsis of this book was very intriguing to me. I went through an Amish Romance reading phase shortly after getting married but after reading numerous books with very similar plots, I strayed from that genre. This book does feature Old Order Mennonite characters but the story is vastly different from the Amish books I was used to. It is an apocalyptic/ disaster type story where America is affected by an EMP.

The story was extremely interesting but it caused me to have some anxiety while reading it. Knowing that this scenario is definitely possible, I was a bit stressed as I am very good at jumping to conclusions and blowing things out of proportion in my mind. (This is why I avoid the news at all costs). I did not lower my rating because of my anxiety…I finally decided to read it as a fictional story and nothing else which really helped.

There is a lot of character development in this story. It explores the way people can change when faced with life-changing circumstances and impending danger. Leora, the main character was a bit unlikable at first but as her past is revealed it becomes more understandable why she is who she is.

The premise was very interesting and unique. This would be a great book club book as it could promote a lot of discussion of many issues.

My only problem with the book was the romance…I am not a fan of romance in books and this one seemed slightly unnecessary to me. I could see some people enjoying the romance but I could have done without it.

My Rating: 4 stars

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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