As an Amish romance, the book opens with a flashback of Lucy and her abusive husband, who, as you soon find out, got his just desserts and died some months earlier, leaving the Lucy free to get involved with the new man in her life. If she can overcome her Battered Woman's Syndrome, that is. There's also the storyline of Mattie, an Amish woman in the middle of therapy for breast cancer, and the story of Calvin, obviously the hero of the story.
While I do like Amish romance novels, I found this one exasperating. For one, the POV switches between at least four people, which can get confusing, especially when those people aren't in the same place as each other. One minute you're on a train traveling the countryside during a storm, and the next you're in town going to a medical center for cancer treatments, and the next you're back on the train. Personally, I prefer novels that start new chapters when introducing a new POV character, rather than inserting completely new scenes into the middle of existing scenes.
I also found the author's use of sentence fragments quite annoying. The occasional sentence fragment can be used successfully for dramatic effect, but she uses them on every single page! By page 38, I wanted to throw the book across the room. It's lazy writing.
Then, too, the psychology in the story seems a bit odd. It's been my impression that women suffering from Battered Women's Syndrome aren't aware of the reasons behind their reactions. They may act skittish, and have low self-esteem, and all of that, but they don't typically sit there and analyze their actions, thinking, "I'm behaving this way because of what my abusive husband did to me." At least, not unless they're highly educated in the subject, which (perhaps I'm wrong) it doesn't seem likely an Amish woman would be.
On the other hand, the characters are interesting. The author has a way of inserting backstory and giving the characters a three-dimensionality that's refreshing to read. And the story itself is good. The premise puts a twist on the usual Amish romance, so it's not quite your standard fare. Even so, the writing made the book very difficult for me to read.
Three stars, because while the book has some redeemable qualities, it also has some major issues. I might try this author again after she's had a few more books under her belt and has had time to mature as a writer.