The Path to Piney Meadows… Gail Sattler…..from Abingdon

The Path to Piney Meadows

by Gail Sattler



Running from his frustrating life, Chad loses his way on Christmas Eve and soon stumbles on the remote town of Piney Meadows. Before long, he falls in love with the people of the Old Order Mennonite community, accepts a job, and settles into the area. He is touched by the good people and their strong faith, even though he still has a lingering dispute with God. Most of all, he is fond of Anna. The more he gets to know her, the more he falls in love with her. But Anna is not happy in Piney Meadows. The Mennonite community is changing, but it’s not changing fast enough for her. She longs to move to Minneapolis to get a job, make her way in the world, and find herself. Chad doesn’t want her to go, but Anna can only see the freedom she imagines she will get in the big city. When she’s ready to leave he contemplates leaving with her, but a personal crisis shakes Chad to his core. Feeling let down by everyone—including God—Chad wonders if Anna will now desert him too.


This is the neatest story! For a man like Chad, who lived a pretty fast pace life and had money to buy the finer things in life, to land in an old order Mennonite community was not so easy. But as he meets the people, realizes the trust they have in each other, and the love throughout the community, Chad finds a life that he didn’t know existed. I loved reading this book! I enjoyed seeing the transformation in Chad’s life, as well as his attraction to Anna. I think it was mostly the attraction to Anna that kept me reading because I wanted to find out if anything would develop with their attraction.

I love Amish fiction, so I really enjoyed reading about the difference between Chad’s former life and the life he was now living. I loved his chickens, and especially the chicken hotel! But I’m not sure I would allow chickens in the house like he did. And I did find out something I never knew before, there is such a thing as chicken diapers!! And if you want to know more about chicken diapers, you have to read the book! This story is slow pace, just like the Amish and Mennonite lifestyle, but that’s what I love about it!

I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


My name is Gail Sattler.

To sum myself up, I am a wife, mother, writer, and musician, and the order of those things will depend on what day it is.

Friends tell me that I lead a busy life, and I suppose that’s probably true. But I enjoy everything I do, so I can’t stop any of it. Yet, for all the things I’m involved with, and even though I began my adventures of musicianship early at age eight, writing is my passion. I remember the first book I wrote, back in middle school – on a clackety old manual typewriter. It was uniquely based on a pre-teen girl named… Gail… and her 3 best friends, all of whom shared the same names as my own best friends. Despite dangers and unknown perils, we raced against time following cryptic clues to seek a precious treasure in a haunted mansion before the ghosts, police, and relatives of the deceased owner of the house caught and locked us in the damp, dreary cellar until we perished.

I can’t remember if we found the treasure, but I have to assume we did. After all, I’m here to tell about it.

My writing has changed a lot since then (PTL!) My current book is the rewritten saga of a modern day Cinderella, which continues with the tales of her (reformed) stepsisters. Then, instead of a fairy godmother, I introduced Farrah the godmother. Check it out here by clicking on the sidebar on Seattle Cinderella, or for more good stuff, check out

When I’m not writing I’m back to playing piano for my worship team at church, but I still play upright electric bass for the Golden Ears Jazz Band and acoustic double bass for a community orchestra, the A Little Night Music Orchestra. If I had more time, I’d love to learn the violin. So besides being a writer, I am also a band geek.

In our ourchestra’s last concert we played Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, First Movement, and I’ve embedded a link from YouTube if you want to check us out. If you are looking for me, there are 3 acoustic string bass players to the far right on the screen, that’s me in the middle.

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