A Brighter Dawn

series: Amish Memories

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"Incredibly well-researched, thoroughly enjoyable, and singularly original."--SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

"A beautiful story of love, loss, and the bonds that connect a family to its faith."--SUZANNE WOODS FISHER, bestselling author of A Season on the Wind

Ivy Zimmerman is successfully navigating her life as a young Mennonite woman, one generation removed from her parents' Old Order Amish upbringing. But when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, Ivy's way of life is upended. As she deals with her grief, her younger sisters' needs, the relationship with her boyfriend, and her Dawdi and Mammi's strict rules, Ivy finds solace in both an upcoming trip to Germany for an international Mennonite youth gathering and in her great-great-aunt's story about Clare Simons, another young woman who visited Germany in the late 1930s.

As Ivy grows suspicious that her parents' deaths weren't, in fact, an accident, she gains courage from what she learns of Clare's time in pre-World War II Germany. With the encouragement and inspiration of the women who have gone before her, Ivy seeks justice for her parents, her sisters, and herself.


There are some books that seem to just grip you from the first page. Leslie Gould's A Brighter Dawn doesn't just grip you from the first sentence--it holds you tight throughout the entire novel. I couldn't read it fast enough.

Incredibly well researched, thoroughly enjoyable, and singularly original, this book is a keeper. 

Shelley Shepard GrayNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Part mystery, part drama, Gould uses complex events to spotlight the importance of forgiveness. A beautiful story of love, loss, and the bonds that connect a family to its faith.

Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of A Season on the Wind

A Brighter Dawn is a compelling and poignant time-slip story that exposes corruption during a heart-wrenching era and the abuse of religion to gain political control. Well done, Leslie Gould, for diving with readers into the darkness of both communism and fascism and then resurfacing brilliantly back into the light.

Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Catching the Wind and The Curator's Daughter

A Brighter Dawn is a dual-time story of courage, justice, faith, and forgiveness. By weaving historical and contemporary plot threads, Gould enlightens readers as to how a family's generational struggles may influence relationships and experiences in the present.

Laurie Stroup Smith, author of The Pocket Quilt Series

The Author

  1. Leslie Gould

    Leslie Gould

    Leslie Gould (LeslieGould.com) is a Christy Award-winning and #1 bestselling author of over forty-five novels, including four Lancaster County Amish series. She holds a bachelor's degree in history and an MFA in creative writing. She enjoys church history,...

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