I found it so easy to get wrapped up in what Kathleen Fuller wrote. Her book is a fictional story in an Amish setting. I enjoyed reading it but find myself struggling to review it without making this look like the reviews I wrote for other Amish romance books. These books are great for reading for enjoyment and I always feel as if I’ve come away learning a valuable lesson. The lesson I took from the story is that married or not we should find our happiness in God. I give this book a 3 out of 5.
I finally finished reading this book a couple of days ago. It took me almost a month to get through it. (I might have taken a break from it for a few days.) The story behind this book is that the author Laurie Gwen Shapiro discovered the name William “Billy” Gawronski-or as it was often misspelled, Gavronski-in records related to the Antarctic expedition in 1928. This book is the result of all the research she did. When I read the description of the book I actually thought it was a fictional character set in real historic times, places and events. I was so surprised to learn that it was really a biography! I thought the historic facts of Billy’s story were interesting and I’m glad I took time to read about it. I think Shapiro does a great job of envisioning Billy’s feelings and motivations behind his actions, but her writing styles seem a little conflicting. I felt as if she could not decide whether to write a biography or a novel based on true events. Since she decided to do both the book was very long with pages that seemed to drag with words that tried to illustrate every basic detail in a storytelling style instead of being straightforward. Because of the inconsistencies in her writing I give the book 2.5 out of 5. I do recommend this book for any history buffs (maybe you will be able to concentrate on such a lengthy book better than I could). Whoever chooses to read it will be sure to discover a lost gem of history.