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Series: Clover Ridge
Author: Amy Lillard
Publisher: B Books
Publication Date: 02/01/2014
Synopsis from Goodreads: Rachel Yoder has two choices: marry Gabriel Fisher or move to Ohio. As an orphan, Rachel doesn’t have much to offer; any match she can make will be a good one. She just didn’t plan on Gabriel with his big hands and permanent frown.
As a widower Gabriel needs help caring for the farm and his six children. But he never thought he’d marry a slip of a girl who barely reaches his chin.
Yet as time passes, Gabriel finds himself thinking about a real marriage. They have spoken vows to God and each other, but can he risk his heart with Rachel?
What can I say? This book goes with Katie’s Choice and is just as great as the previous book. There was a slight moment of confusion when I realized that not only does Gabriel’s Bride take place after Katie’s Choice, but it takes place approximately a year and a half to two years after Katie’s Choice. Then I realized that Katie Rose moved back in with her parents when Zane moved to the community and that Mary Elizabeth had been taking care of her father and siblings until the beginning of this book.
I have to admit, I laughed a lot at poor Rachel – because she really is probably the worst Plain woman ever – and she was raised Amish! I understand the issues she faced though – getting used to different communities and Ordnungs. Plus living with a spinster aunt, she wouldn’t have known how to do for more than herself and her aunt.
What I love about Amy Lillard’s books is she shows such an understanding of the Amish ways and how they can and will adapt to Englisch ways when the need arises. Many of the authors who write Amish based novels somehow manage not to show their adaptability. Iowa has an Amish community and I’ve seen both the Amish at the hospitals, etc., when necessary.
I am sincerely hoping there are more books to the series – perhaps a novel featuring John Paul? I would be interested to read a story featuring John Paul and his struggle with whether or not to fully join the Amish church.
Another five star read from Amy Lillard and I’m hoping there are many, many more!
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.