Ride the Sky

Christian - Amish
261 Pages
Reviewed on 03/24/2019
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Ride the Sky is an Amish romance novel written by Murray Pura. David Lapp had been courting Tabitha Reimer for over a year before he finally decided to take her out to a special place and ask her to be his wife. That Saturday had started out in a special way -- Tabitha had dreamed once again of vast open ranges bordering impossibly tall mountains topped with snow. She had never seen a mountain, which made this vividly real dream even more perplexing. That afternoon, David came by, and the two traveled in his buggy along back roads leading to a pathway that seemed as though it had been forgotten by the world. They passed through a wonderland of Colorado blue spruce, hardy transplanted survivors in Pennsylvania soil, finally stopping at a still and frozen pond. David and Tabitha carefully walked out on its surface, and then he asked her to become his wife. As they began their journey home again, the two excitedly started planning their marriage and wondering if they could convince the bishop to allow them a spring wedding date rather than waiting until a traditional fall date.

Ride the Sky is a grand and glorious tale about an Amish community that emulates the Amish pioneers of old and moves to ranch lands in Montana. The reader shares in the adventure as Tabitha and her community travel west, and Tabitha sees first-hand those mountains of her dreams. Tabitha is a marvelous character and seeing as the nineteen-year-old blossoms into a strong and independent woman and cowgirl is grand fun indeed. Pura’s story is beautifully told, his eloquent descriptions of the Millenia mountain range that becomes their homeland made me seriously thinking of relocation despite what seem to be harsh winters indeed. Pura adroitly handles the cultural issues facing the Amish, and one can’t help but cheer as Tabitha and the other aspiring Amish cowgirls finally get their chance to ride the range. This was my first Amish novel, but it won’t be my last. I had a grand time getting to know the peace-loving families who came to life in Ride the Sky. It’s most highly recommended.

Edith Wairimu

Ride the Sky by Murray Pura is an amazing story that follows the highs and lows of an enduring love. Tabitha had waited for this moment for so long; she had thought about it, fantasized what he would say and how she would respond. When David finally said the words, Tabitha was more than ecstatic. Their love, however, would be tested by fire, blizzards, sickness and death. Still, both remained hopeful that they will finally be together. As their community, the Zook Amish, leave Pennsylvania for Montana to start a community and to ensure better prospects for younger couples, Tabitha and her friends are anxious for what is to come. As they settle in the new land, they soon find out that no one wants them around. Will they be able to prove themselves?

In Ride the Sky by Murray Pura, Tabitha Reimer and David Lapp’s story is more than moving. Their devotion and commitment to each other add a beautiful flavor of romance in the story. In between, there are many humorous moments and unexpected scenes. Even though there are many difficult instances, the Zook Amish community does not give up. Most importantly, Murray Pura sheds light on the unique culture and beliefs of the Amish. Their kindness to neighbors, their belief in peace and tolerance and their commitment to their faith is in, many ways, inspiring. Many times, their faith is tested but they remain firm, choosing to forgive and let go when they are misunderstood, and finding strength in community. Ride the Sky is a delightful read, expertly written and with the ability to entertain and inspire.

Jane Finch

Ride the Sky by Murray Pura is the story of Tabitha Reimer and her family, part of the Zook Amish of Pennsylvania, who live their lives by the old rules of the Amish, not using modern technology or machinery, rising and going to bed with the sun, and devout to their faith. When it is decided that a group will move to Montana to become ranchers, there is much trepidation. Tabitha struggles with this sudden news which changes her plans of a Spring marriage to David to whom she has given her heart. The journey is not quite that of the pioneers, as they travel by train and horse and carriage, and Tabitha and the others are concerned at what they might find. Montana is different in so many ways to Pennsylvania, and Tabitha throws herself into the new way of life, surrounded by God’s wonderful country. David has promised Tabitha’s father that he will adapt to this new way of life and he has a year to prove himself, after which time he and Tabitha can be married.

It is such a pleasure to read a book without swear words, with a gentle story and emphasis on family values and respect for one another. Intertwined in this lovely book is the journey, the family’s reaction to the new country, the challenges of becoming expert at horsemanship of the giant Morgan horses, creating the new homes, and the gentle romance of David and Tabitha. The book is well written with a consistent and steady pace, lovely characters, and a real feel-good aspect. This book will appeal to lovers of adventure as well as those who enjoy a gentle romance and an ethos of good family values.