You guys. This review is so late. It is so, so late. Because life kinda happened, and I got knocked off my book game. But, silver lining! That gave me time to read the book twice. Which is a huge gift to me, because I am seriously in-love with the writing of Thomas Nye. So for those of you who have written to me to inquire about the handsome (married, Ladies…) gentleman on my sidebar, this review is for you! And for those of you who love Amish fiction but want a new take on the genre, read on.
First of all, I have such a crush on Thomas Nye’s horses. #justsayin But also, look at his beautiful daughter! I’ve admitted to you all before, I have such a hard time sticking with a book if I don’t connect with the cover. But this cover is absolutely brilliant, and captures the heart of Catbird Singing perfectly.
This is the second book in the “Amish Horses Series,” and one that I could not wait to dive into. The first book Under The Heavens was so incredibly good and left me impatient for the rest of the series. So needless to say, I dug into this book, devoured it, and then devoured it yet again.
In Catbird Singing, we catch up with young Lenny from Under the Heavens. (Although you can easily read this book as a stand-alone.) Two summers have passed since Lenny’s last visit to his Amish family. He’s a little older, just a tad wiser, and finds himself driving through Amish country when a storm hits. A series of events leads him to his uncle’s farm, where he will be staying while he awaits the repairs on his vehicle. Not only does this mean that he is reunited with the much beloved horses, (cue Stacie’s high-pitched squeal) but also with Leah…a girl we readers were left wondering about at the end of Under the Heavens. I was thrilled to see her again…even though she is (understandably) cold towards our Lenny. What follows is a novel filled with lessons for Lenny; some growing up, a few falls, a handful of victories and decisions to be made.
As always, Thomas Nye creates a world for his readers to get lost in. All the beauty and warmth that you come to expect from an Amish fiction are present, but Thomas Nye adds a depth to his stories that always leaves me feeling whole, while giving me things to mull over in my walk with God. It is a rare fiction that follows me into real life, challenging me to think differently about Jesus. Lenny’s story is more than just a “coming of age.” It’s a front-row-seat in the journey of his life, his heart, his relationship with the Lord, the beauty of the Amish and ultimately, God’s vast love for His children.
Catbird Singing is Jeremiah 29:11, fleshed out. (I would write the verse out for you, but then you wouldn’t have an excuse to grab your Bible. So, go grab your Bible. Then hop by Amazon and buy the book! You can thank me later.)
**A big ‘thank you’ to Thomas Nye for the opportunity to read and review this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review.