This is a well written story of Jane and the heartache she goes through after her parents die and she lives with her uncle & aunt - who treat her like a slave & there is physical abuse.. Being Amish and trying to live as God says - to honor your mother & father - no one in the family says anything to their Bishop and anyone else. There are a lot of references to the book "Jane Eyre" but this is what helps Jane become a strong woman.
Her cousin and friend help her to realize she needs to get away and she travels to another Amish community to stay, at least for awhile. Luke loves Jane and has for years but finds himself attracted to another female when Jane leaves. And Jane is attracted to the grandson of the woman she is staying with. Lots of emotions and growing and learning to trust again.
This is a book and not a short story. And a totally different type Amish book.
Jane Schmucker is on a quest for independence, having been raised with an iron fist and with little love by her relatives. When she reads the novel, Jane Eyre, it inspires her to leave Punxsutawney and head to Cherry Creek, New York for a job. Although 20, she's naive about the ways of the world and falls for the charms of a very attractive Amish man, Jonas Hershberger. Although arrogant and mysterious, can she change him like Jane Eyre's goodness changed Mr. Rochester? Or will Luke Miller, her childhood friend, prayers be heard? Bring Jane back to all who love her in Punxsutawney! Bring her back to me! Can an elderly Amish woman and kind bishop in Cherry Creek, along with a Seneca Native American friend in Salamanca, New York, help her find sure footing for her feet?