Saturday, 29 August 2015

The Gift by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Amish fiction, Romance, Christian fiction, 10E/10E)

 July 2015, Shiloh Run Press, 320 pages, Ebook, Review copy from NetGalley 

Content: family, faith, humour

Summary from Wanda's website
Follow the heart-wrenching story of Adam Beachy, whose mother walked out on him and his family—and away from the Amish faith. Now he balks at the idea of ever marrying and having a family of his own. But when tragedy strikes, Adam is suddenly a father figure to his three nieces and finds himself needing a wife. Despite their differences over her practice of reflexology, Leah Mast seems the best option to fill that role. Can they make it work in a modern-day marriage of convenience?

Nayu's thoughts  
I've yet to find an Amish book which I don't like! While the exact end was a bit obvious (happily ever after), this never detracts from my enjoyment – if anything it heightens because as Adam and Leah kept clashing I wondered how they would ever figure out how to live in harmony. Leah is strong hearted, she knows what she wants, she doesn't understand why Adam is so against her reflexology work. 

As the story unfolds and Adam's past is revealed it sort of makes sense why he holds the views he has, although they are narrowminded and don't take into account Leah's true nature, how much she loves her Amish faith and wants to serve God. The children provide some mayhem, Leah provides something called a chocolate chip cheeseball which I'd never heard of but is basically a cheesecake ball – a recipe is provided so rest assured I'll be trying it out! 

Available from bookstores including NRC affiliate Foyles.

Suggested read 
If like me you enjoy Amish fiction (& even if you don't) check out Lorie's Heart by Amy Lillard (Amish fiction, Romance, Christian fiction, 10E/10E) 

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