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Title: Katie’s Choice
Series: Clover Ridge
Author: Amy Lillard
Publisher: B Books
Publication Date: 05/01/2013
Synopsis from Goodreads: Katie Rose Fisher loved Samuel Beachy with an intensity that shook their Amish district. No one doubted they would one day marry, until Samuel turned his back on the church and joined the world of the English.
Alone now in Clover Ridge, Katie Rose dedicates her life to God and the school children she teaches each day. Although she secretly longs for more, Katie knows God’s hand is at work, and she is happy.
News correspondent Zane Carson never even knew Oklahoma had an Amish community until he got the chance to live among them and learn about their day-to-day activities. Their simple way of life is intriguing, but not half as much as the young teacher.
Katie Rose is flattered over the attention she receives from Zane, but she has resolved to never marry. Even if she were to entertain the idea, it surely couldn’t be with an outsider like Zane.
Never one prone to the restraints of organized religion, Zane finds a comfort in the rituals and blessings in the day to day righteous living of this small Amish community. He finds himself, God, and love with Katie Rose.
But as Zane draws closer to Katie Rose, Samuel comes back to repent his ways and return to his place at her side. Can Zane convince Katie Rose that he is committed to adapting to her way of life, or will Samuel win her affections back for himself once again?
Again, I love Amish fiction books. For some reason they’re just always so exciting to me. I have no idea what it is. They’re always Christian based and almost always have a love story element to them (though I have to admit, some are great mystery stories as well). I’m a sucker for romance I suppose.
I’m still not entirely sure where the title comes into play, perhaps from the choice she makes toward the end of the book. The plot is simply – Katie’s beau left her and the church before being baptized. Englischer comes in to live amongst the Amish and guess who Katie falls in love with? Katie’s original beau returns and now Katie must figure out what to do.
Along the way, the Englischer has to figure a few things out for himself. It’s all very neat and tidy. The book is excellently written and lacks nothing that would keep a fan of Amish fiction from thoroughly enjoying the book. I loved the story, loved the characters, and frankly, I can’t wait to read more of Amy Lillard’s Amish novels. A definite five star read in my opinion.
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.