So Mary has noticed Abe, but Ruthie is crushing on Abe and flirts with him at every opportunity. But Mary doesn't know that Abe has noticed her, and she doesn't think that any man ever will--she hasn't been entirely welcomed in Sarasota, because her mother left the church and had her out of wedlock. She feels she's the object of all the gossip in the area because of her mother's past.
Jeremiah has his own past, but he's come back to the church, and now he wants to prove himself to Shelley and her family. Shelley's easier to win over than her mother, but he's persistent because the road to both of the women's hearts is not easy by any stretch.
Charles wants to join the Mennonite church, but there are opponents to him and his family joining the church. Ruthie and her family have the opinion that anyone who wishes to grow closer to God should never be turned away. Even though there are threats against his family, and accusations about something that was entirely an accident, the family stays faithful to their convictions, and Charles stays faithful to Ruthie.
Debby Mayne has put together a really enjoyable series of novellas centered in the Mennonite town of Sarasota, Florida. Sarasota Dreams will allow you to while away a cold wintry afternoon or three as you dream about vacations in small Mennonite towns in sunny Florida. Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a day on the beaches of Florida.