Covered Bridge Charm
Carly Blosser may not match the typical description of a conservative Mennonite woman unmarried at 27, living alone, and careening around her Oregon neighborhood on a pink bicycle but she has a soft heart for the elderly Mennonite residents at Sweet Life Assisted Living Facility, where she works as a caregiver. When Carly s plans for a new volunteer program go awry, she shifts her focus to one lonely resident named Martha. Adam Lapp, a wood shop instructor at Sweet Life, joins with Carly to reunite Martha with an old flame before her 85th birthday. Carly and Adam s hunt involves carved initials on covered bridges, digging up the past, and the appearance of a newcomer, who hinders the budding romance between the two. Soon, new clues sweep them all in a harried race to the finish line where love is sure to be the ultimate prize
This was a very sweet novel, however you have to remember that it is set in an Assisted Living Facility and more importantly in the area for Alzheimer's/Dementia patients. There will be losses.
The character of Carly is highly annoying, she is opinionated and quick to judge. I wasn't thrilled with that aspect of her.
I found it a difficult story to stay engaged in and found myself constantly putting it down to do other things. There are many character's to keep straight, several story lines going on at the same time and the usage of nick-names was just cruel to me and not funny at all.
The book description say that Carly "may not match the typical description of a conservative Mennonite woman: and as this is my first novel about Mennonites, I can not tell you what type of character Carly would fit, but if this is what Mennonite typical or perhaps atypical is a better word behavior is, I think I will take a pass at other novels of this genre. Actually I think it might be the author since I have read another novel by Dianne and I was not best pleased.