"If you didn't remember something happening, was it because it never had happened? Or because you wish it didn't?"
I've read a couple of other books by Jodi Picoult - Handle with Care, My Sister's Keeper, and The Pact - and I always enjoy them. I could deal with a little less of the court-scene drama but, they have all been page-turners and have surprising endings. This book was no exception.
The book begins with a 18-year-old Katie - an Amish girl who has just been accused of giving birth in her family's barn and murdering the baby. When questioned, Katie and her parents claim to have to recollection of Katie giving birth or being pregnant. Her boyfriend, Samuel, won't even admit to having sex with her. Ellie Hathaway is a experienced lawyer who arrives in Paradise, Pennsylvania after a trying case and fight with her long-time boyfriend. She has plans to relax in the Amish town and stay with her aunt, an ex-Amish women herself and Katie's aunt. When Ellie hears about the accusation, she agrees to help defend Katie and moves into the family's house.
As the truth about Katie and the birth of her child begins to unfold, Ellie and Katie lives become intertwined. Katie must learn to deal with the truth of what happened to her and Ellie takes a long, hard look at her own life. Both women are forever changed by this experience. I'm not sure how accurate the Amish lifestyle was portrayed, but I found it really interesting. It gave me a very different prospective of the Amish. I'm still not sure how I felt about the ending, but as usual with Picoult's novels, I didn't see it coming!