David Stolzfus and Anna Fisher have been best friends as long as they can remember. Sure, it was a bit unusual in the Amish community for a boy and a girl to be so close, but nobody questions it with David and Anna-it has just always been that way. They live on neighboring farms in Lancaster County, they walk to school together (with all their siblings) every day, and when David learns to drive a pony, Anna is the first one to ride with him. Their lives are intertwined, the way the borders of their properties are joined by the Pequea Creek. As they approach their teen years, everyone just assumes David and Anna will date each other. It is obvious the way Anna admires David's brilliant mind, and of course David would be honored to have a wife from a family that was so well respected in the community. Plus, she is cute and funny and sincere; what else would he be looking for? So when David and Anna deny any romantic inclinations, their cheeks red with embarrassment, most people think it is just a matter of growing up a bit more before they realize they are meant for each other. When David, a bit older now and full of questions about faith, family, and the world, decides to travel to Australia, Anna is devastated to say goodbye to her best friend. But then she receives a letter from Leon Beiler, a young man she can't deny she has feelings for, and everything changes again. How can she reconcile a lifetime of close friendship with David with this new potential romance? And what will happen when David returns home?
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