10 May 2016

The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim

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"Finally, an apocalyptic novel ablaze with hope. Just the kind of story I champion. A must-read." -Sarah McCoy, New York Times and international bestselling author of The Mapmaker's Children and The Baker's Daughter

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.

I’m not sure exactly what I expected when I began reading The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim, but I guarantee the story contained within its pages is so much better. I loved it. As a Mennonite community forges an alliance with a stranded band of Englischers, this book kept me interested in what would happen next and how the characters would act and react, and I couldn’t put this book down. It’s quite the page-turner, an engagingly unique and compelling read with plenty of thought-provoking moments, and I highly recommend it. Readers looking for an apocalyptic-type and faith-filled tale will enjoy The Alliance (and certainly, by the end, be left as eager for Petersheim’s next book as I was). 

Thanks to Tyndale BlogNetwork, I received a copy of The Alliance and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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