|Reviews for Of Stars and Reeds|
| Twilight Starr 6/30/08 . chapter 1
That was sadly ironic. Nice title. Great job! Keep writing.
Good luck with writing, this story, and life. Have a lovely day and a wonderful summer.
| Kyllorac 6/7/08 . chapter 1
This story is very well written, but there is a factual error. The Amish do not force their children to become Amish. The Amish believe that one must choose of their own free will to follow God. In fact, starting from adolescence, a period of Rumspringa exists which can last indeterminably. During Rumspringa, Amish men and women who have not been baptized are allowed to use, and even own, technology. Rumspringa ends when the child (or adult) decides to join the church and live the rest of their lives without modern conveniences and is baptized into the church.
Also, the Amish are allowed to ride in cars, go to college (though this is generally discouraged due to conflicts of religious interest), and use telephones.
While a strict ban on technology and lack of choice in lifestyle make for a compelling conflict and make the ending that much more ironic, the fact remains that you portrayed the Amish inaccurately, which isn't very fair to them.
You can fix this by having the events of this story take place after Elisabeth has been baptized into the church.