Reading the second book in the Plain Fear series I was once again taken by surprise with the twist that this series brings about the Amish way of life. The unending faith, hope, and forgiveness that Rachel has for Akiva even after the monster he's become. This story is about a difficult journey that is ultimately determined by the choices a person makes. What makes this a unique take on Amish society is the darkness that Rachel has to deal with, as well as being a widow awaiting the birth of her first child.
For Rachel this journey takes her to a dark place where only her faith can sustain her. She wants to find answers to the death of her husband Josef and Akiva appears to offer a way for this to happen. Little does Rachel realize just how changed and dangerous Akiva is. She discovers that monsters are real and that Akiva has become something out of her worst nightmares. He has turned his back on his faith and taken a journey that has made him a monster. Will Rachel be able to overcome her predicament and make the right choice for her and her unborn baby?
Rachel Schmidt Nussbaum, a young widow, is now seven and a half months pregnant with her first child. She blames herself for her husband Josef's death and she believes that she is being punished by God for her past sins.
So when a stranger arrives claiming to be an old friend from her wilder years, saying only she can fix things for him, for Josef, and for herself, she makes an impulsive decision to follow him. Thus begins a journey that will lead Rachel to the depths of ultimate danger, the potential for new love, and a battle that will decide both the fate of her soul and the life of her unborn child.