The mother of ten and a widow of seven years
Mary Katherine is a bundle of energy
always willing to step in and help her friends around her Amish community. Now that her last child is married
she pours her abundant creative spirit into writing stories
even as she speaks aloud to her late husband every day. Her dream is to open a bookstore with an English friend
but the church elders want this wayward widow to work in an Amish-owned store instead. When her old school friend
offers her a position as a cook in the restaurant he opened after his wife died
she knows she should accept. But does she really want to spend her time working over a hot stove?
When a mysterious English stranger breaks into her house to make himself a sandwich one autumn night
Mary Katherine doesn't call the sheriff. She turns to Ezekiel. They both see that Burke is need of more than a meal
and Ezekiel offers him the job at the restaurant.
As they set out to care for their new friend
Mary Katherine and Ezekiel find themselves often working together. Mary Katherine is drawn to Ezekiel
but she remembers the terrible risk of giving her heart to someone. Can two people in the autumns of their lives and so well-versed in the pain of loss put the past behind them and trust in the hope that comes with each new season?