In this gripping conclusion to The Alliance, nearly six months have passed since Leora Ebersole’s Old Order Mennonite community fled to the mountains for refuge after an attack destroyed the power grid and altered life as they knew it. Since then, Leora has watched and waited for news of Moses Hughes, the young Englischer pilot who held off invading looters long enough for everyone to escape. Unsure Moses even survived, Leora has begun to warm to the affections of Jabil Snyder, who has courted her patiently. But she struggles to see herself as the bishop’s wife, especially when she learns that Moses is alive and has now joined a local militia.
An unexpected encounter in the woods deepens Leora’s crisis, as does a terrifying new threat that brings Moses’ militia into the community’s shaky alliance with the few Englischers left among them. When long-held beliefs are once again put to the test, Leora wrestles with the divide between having faith and taking action. Just how much will her shifting landscape change her?
My Review of The Divide
The Divide, a dystopian novel by Jolina Petersheim, is the stunning sequel and conclusion to The Alliance, a story about a Mennonite Community living a peaceful life in Mt. Hebron, Montana when an EMP destroys everything they have ever known. Leaving Moses Huges behind to defend the last of their community, Leora Ebersole flees with longtime admirer, Jabil Synder and her family into the mountains to build a new life that will hopefully sustain this small but devoted Mennonite community.
With love and devotion to one another, the Mt. Hebron Mennonite’s begin to build a new life for themselves, but all is not easy. Hunger and cold test the best of spirits and sickness begins to take its toll, especially on the young and elderly. Leora is persistently wooed by Jabil, but her heart remains with Moses, who she believes she may never see again. As time goes by, Leora has almost given up hope when Moses returns and reignites her lonely heart. But all is not as it seems and a growing evil menace threatens this new found community and all that they have built with their blood, sweat and tears. With lives at stake, this peaceful Mennonite community must now decide to maintain their peaceful ways or defend all they have strived to build.
I absolutely loved The Divide. After reading The Alliance, I wanted so many of my questions answered and Jolina Petersheim has delivered on every one of them. The characters she created in The Alliance remain true in The Divide. Leora remained brave, resolute and loving, Moses, my hero found the courage to trust his heart and Jabil remained stoic and unyielding even in the face of losing everything he loved. I loved her new characters, (there are good guys and bad guys a plenty), in particular Josh who lent credence to an already great storyline that kept me guessing and surprised to the very end.
If you have read The Alliance, The Divide is a must read. It will keep you turning the pages as there is never a dull moment. If you have not read The Alliance, do yourself a favor and purchase this book and its sequel The Divide. You will not be able to put it down and the characters will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
I want to thank Tyndale House Publishers via NetGalley for an advanced copy of The Divide by Jolina Petersheim for a fair and honest review.
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