There were more problems in this than the usual among the Amish in other books. More contact with the "English" and such things as struggling to pay taxes, & for those that left ,their struggles outside the community. The difficulty in returning too, was also well described. Somehow it made their choice to stay a lot less cut & dried than previously. Other forms of Christianity, land developers, arson, accidents, hereditary illness, widowhood, & many trials & joys to were also included. Most of the characters seemed realistic & the gentle plain life nowhere near as easy as often pictured. Thoroughly enjoyable. Looking out for book 2.