Brightest and Best by Olivia Newport

This is a wonderful story that shows how the Amish people worked together to get the right to teach their children in their own one room school houses. It also shows their perseverance to not have their children formally educated past the eighth grade. It has great characters in Ella and Gideonand​  

with Margaret. It showed how some Englishers worked with the Amish to keep their education and religion intact. I received this book from Barbour Publishing for a fair and honest opinion. The collapse of a schoolhouse puts pressure on Amish families and their long-held educational values. Ella Hilty anticipates marrying Gideon Wittner and becoming a mother to his children. In a whirling clash of values, Ella seeks the solid ground that seems to have slipped away. Margaret Simpson, an English schoolteacher, wonders if she is losing her last chance at love. As the local authorities draw lines in the sand, Margaret puts romance at risk one final time. All eyes turn to Ella to make a sacrifice and accept a challenge that can bring unity to the Amish and understanding to the English.

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