Amanda Weds a Good Man, One Big Happy Family Series, Volume 1
Naomi King At Her Best
I am so thrilled to be reviewing yet another amazing Amish book by such a prolific author. I have said it before, and I will continue to say it. Naomi King/Charlotte Hubbard is the preeminent Amish author on the market today. And I honestly don't say that because I have come to know her through our working relationship--that certainly helps. But her books are so different from the typical Amish fare. Her female protagonists are not shrinking violets who do exactly what their men tell them to, and they are not afraid to revel in all aspects of marriage. Her male characters are constantly struggling with being the head of their household and loving the sweet women in their lives who keep the family going no matter what. It is the perpetual friction between the old ways and the new ways that keep the story lines exhilarating and not always traditional.
Whenever I start one of her books, I am always certain that the current one cannot possibly top her other triumphs. And guess what--she always proves me wrong! I find genuine humor, raw and unabashed emotion, and a true reliance on Christ. Another thing I can always count on is the twists and turns that will occur within the book. So often, I can guess the formula of the book, but not so with this author! The one thing that consoled me in the middle of the book is that I knew she would not let the bishop get away with what he did. (I'm not saying what he did. No spoilers--you have to read the book!)
What I appreciate most of all about Naomi/Charlotte is that she always emphasizes the gospel. Sometimes when I read other Amish books, I find myself questioning the salvation of the Amish characters. I know it depends on the district and the bishop, but so many Amish rely on following all the rules to get to heaven. And readers of her books will see those characters. But invariably, the main characters come to realize that being a true believer is not about following all the rules. It is about a relationship with the Creator of the Universe. And as long as that comes first, they can decide to follow the rules if that is what God has called them to do.
If you love Amish, Christian, clean romances, and really good stories, this is the book for you. It is full of wisdom, depth, warmth, and real life. If you have not read other books in her Cedar Creek series, you can jump into this book with no problem. However, you will savor it more if you read the other books.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
January 6, 2014
Differences In Amish Communities
Ok, this is a new series, and I love it, but it is also a return to Home At Cedar Creek. Now you don't have to read the other books to enjoy this one, but oh how you will want to.
Enjoy the tenacity of Amanda, in the Amish Patriarch Society! Also the warm heart of Wyman, although it took a disaster to wake him up!
Amanda's beloved husband Atlee has passed away. She has three daughters and her Mother-In-Law to take care of, and has a hard time making ends meet. When the story opens she is setting the date for her marriage to Wyman, a widower with five children, three boys and two girls. The oldest girl, Vera, has had the responsibility of taking over for deceased Mom.
We follow this family as they try to blend the family, and Amanda moving into Wyman's home. Know I would find it difficult to live with my husband's former wife's imprint everywhere. We also meet the new Bishop and his wife, and hope he would leave, but find the love that comes for this family from Cedar Creek.
I can't wait for the next book in this series, such great and moving read!!
I received this book through Pump Your Book Virtual Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
December 5, 2013
A wonderful new series! Can't wait for more!!!
I have fallen in love with the people of Cedar Creek through author Naomi King who introduced us to a handful of the residents there in her novels Rosemary Opens Her Heart and Abby Finds Her Calling. Now launching a new series, One Big Happy Family, Naomi introduces us to Amanda Lambright, a widow with three children who has managed to raise her family in the last four years even if it has been a struggle as a single mom. She finds solace in her best friend Abby who runs A Stitch in Time in Cedar Creek. She understands what it's like to want to work to provide for her family but also knows the struggles facing women in the Amish community trying to do it alone. She only hopes to find a man who might be as understanding as her husband, Atlee was.
When she finds hope in marrying Wyman Brubaker, also a widower with five children, she wonders if they will find ways to mend the differences between the two families. They each come with a set of unique challenges, one of them being that the community of Clearwater is a much stronger Old Amish Order and they believe in sticking to the guidelines set within the community. One of them being that the pottery that Amanda makes and sells at the Cedar Creek Mercantile isn't allowed. In fact, she will have to give up that interest of hers altogether if she hopes to fit in with the new Bishop. Her daughters are also being challenged in their new school with the new rules set forth by the school teacher, the bishop's daughter who believes that their dresses are too short and that too much hair is showing from their kapps.
In the midst of all of this new change, Amanda wonders if she didn't rush into this marriage with Wyman as a way to help one another out. Perhaps this wasn't God's plan after all. She struggles with trying to find a way to communicate with him despite wanting to be a good and devout Amish wife who follows what her husband asks of her. She already knows that Wyman had to tell his previous wife to stop painting because of the Bishop's orders but will he be able to ask Amanda to do the same even if it means causing a rift between them while trying to make things work?
I received Amanda Weds a Good Man by author Naomi King compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and Penguin Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. This is true a novel that you can compare quite simply as an Amish Brady Bunch with a twist. Understanding the guidelines of the Amish faith plays a big part into the roles that Wyman and Amanda fall into, and thus blending two very different Amish orders together along with additional children to the mix is bound to cause more than just a few ruffled feathers. I love how it simply doesn't all fit together and I love the struggle that Wyman is challenged with in finding resolution with his new wife and the community he grew up in. I love this series and can't wait to read the next book which we get a sneak peek at in Emma Blooms at Last at the end of this one. Hands down a 5 out of 5 stars.
December 2, 2013
Wonderful. Story exceeded my expectations
For me, this has to be the best of Naomi's stories. It was fantastic to read about characters that were not young adults or teens coming of age in their rumspringa, faith, courtship and marriage. Amanda and Wyman both had endured loss with their first spouses, and the challenges they face with combining two families and the issues that naturally come to the forefront. Additionally, Wyman's journey into a deeper understanding of the responsibility of being head of the family, and yet loving and honoring Amanda enough to encourage her to continue her God given talent. Wyman's love for Amanda ultimately resulted in Wyman's greatest sacrifice that honored both God and Amanda.
November 24, 2013