A Sense Of Community
There are many themes including that of healing. Healing is not just physical but spiritual and links in with the theme of forgiveness. “I couldn’t heal completely until I forgave.” We forgive because God tells us to. When we forgive we feel better and not bitter.
Secrets have a power to destroy memories as one wonders exactly who was that person who was so secretive? Death may separate us from the truth.
The Amish are a close knit community. The novel shows how they rally around in times of trouble.