Review: Ray of Light

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Second in The Days of Redemption series, Ray of Light is the story of Roman Keim, a young Amish man with a family full of secrets, and Amanda Yoder, a pretty Amish widow with an impish daughter.


I have always been fascinated by the Amish, so I was excited to review Ray of Light. I had trouble getting into it, though. It could be because I hadn’t read the first book in the series, but I had trouble keeping up with the family relationships and who was who. The relationships seemed too forced. For example, right from the beginning at first, Amanda was turned off by Roman. Then, a few pages later, she couldn’t wait to see him and was reflecting on how strange it felt to feel that way about a man after having been a widow for several years.

Maybe it’s because I didn’t read the first book in the series. Maybe it was because the story was set in a sunny Florida beach town and I’m guilty of compartmentalizing the Amish as farmers in Pennsylvania. Whatever it was, I just couldn’t get into this story.

Go read the other reviews, though, because, after reading through a few of them myself, I’m thinking maybe it was just me.

Have you read any books in The Days of Redemption series? Should I read the first book and try Ray of Light again?

I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it.  I received no other compensation for this review.  The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions.  Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details.


Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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