The Dark Side Of Heaven

The Dark Side Of Heaven

by Tamar Myers

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Heaven is rolling hills clothed in the first flush of spring, bright summer skies, and black buggies silhouetted against a winter moon. Heaven is the scent of sun-splashed laundry, lilac bushes, and homemade apple butter. Heaven is the lowing of cows waiting to be milked, sparrows chittering in a hayloft, and hooves clattering on hot, shimmering asphalt. Heaven is the touch of a kitten's nose, the feel of grass between the toes, and a mother's gentle hand.
But there is a dark side of Heaven, one that child prodigy, Anna Hostetler, knows all to well. Born into a traditional Amish family in Heaven, Pennsylvania, the girl begins to inadvertently buck tradition at the tender age of six when she sketches an uncanny likeness of her mother for a tourist. The Amish forbid representational art on the grounds it could lead to idolatry, so Anna's mother is horrified.
The gift Anna posses cannot be suppressed. The tourist who discovers Anna's exceptional ability is Bridgett Monroe, a gallery owner from Pittsburgh. She encourages Anna to draw, supplying her with the necessary materials, and soon young Anna begins to defy her mother by secretly sketching in the hayloft. By the time Anna turns eighteen she has progressed to painting, and has sold a number of pieces through Bridgett' gallery.
Now that she had reached the age of baptism, Anna must choose between her obedience to her church and self-fulfillment. It is a painful decision, one shared by more than ten percent of the Amish community upon coming of age. Anna chooses her God-given given talent and is subsequently banned--shunned, as the Amish call it--until she repents of her sin.
Put on a bus to Pittsburgh by her bishop, Anna must make her way alone in a world for which she is ill-prepared. She soon learns that not everyone can be trusted, and in fact, there are those who are more than happy to take advantage of a naïve country girl. But there is a bright side to Pittsburgh as well, and Anna discovers that love can come from unexpected places, and that staying the course is ultimately the only way to win.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013629042
Publisher: Bella Rosa Books
Publication date: 11/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,059,216
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Although the author of twenty-seven nationally bestselling novels, Tamar Myers, like her protagonist, Anna Hostetler, counts drawing and painting as her first love. Tamar began college as an art major, but and switched to English after just one class—during which the professor ridiculed her assignment. Tamar reasoned (falsely) that writers receive less criticism.
Tamar counts America’s first Amish settlers among her ancestors. Her mother was a Yoder, her grandmother a Hostetler, and both of her mother’s parents are direct descendants of the patriarch, Jacob Hochstetler. There are several Amish bishops in her family tree.
She now lives in North Carolina with her husband, plus a Basenji dog named Pagan and a Balinese cat called Mr. Cheng. She plans to take up painting again when she retires.

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