C is for A Cousin’s Challenge

(For the 2013 A to Z Blogging Challenge, I will be featuring one book each day, that begins with that day’s letter, that made an impression on me.  This means that for some reason, I didn’t just read that book and forget about it.  No, I still think about it after some period of time has passed.) 

Title:  Cousin’s Challenge, A
Author:  Wanda A. Brunstetter
Original Publication Date: 2010     
Date I First Read: 2010
Basic Category: Fiction / Amish / Romance / Deafness

Basic Summary: This is the third book of a three-book series (Indiana Cousins series.)   In the first book, a group of cousins are going on a trip together in a van.  There is an accident, and some members of the party are permanently injured.  Jolene lost her hearing.  Since the accident she has been away to her aunt’s school, a Mennonite woman who teaches the deaf.  Jolene has learned how to Sign,  and now she is back home.  She has been offered a job to teach a couple of deaf Amish children.   Meanwhile, there is much else going on in the community where she lives.  There are love triangles . . . and disaster after disaster (every second chapter has some kind of misfortune!) 
What I Remember About the Book: I like to read Amish Fiction, to be honest.  I have always been curious about the Amish, and when I was little, we lived in the middle of Indiana Amish country for a few years. The neighbor across the street was former Amish.  Anyway, the thing is that even for me, who tends to like disasters in stories, this book is very memorable for the sheer number of small and large disasters that happen within.  This was my review from when I first read this book:

“I like to read ‘Amish romances’, and am just finishing this book. Overall, this story was enjoyable. . . but having read the first two books in the series, this one takes the cake in terms of the sheer number of accidents and tragedies! There is a new one (or two) in nearly every other chapter!”  

What I Took Away From the Book:  Some Amish communities must suffer greatly, but yes, it will all work out in the end!
Rating (1-5 stars):  3.5