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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?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.78 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Clover Ridge
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Jessica4 Stars Out Of 5A different kind of love story!May 29, 2016JessicaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This was another great read from Amy Lillard! I am always looking for different storylines when reading Amish fiction and this storyline delivered. Who would think that two Amish people would marry for convenience, and then continue to live as roommates! The idea behind this was refreshing to me.
Poor Rachel. Hired as a housekeeper to widowed Gabriel, she had her hands full from the beginning. Her cooking skills were mediocre at best, mostly because of her tendency to lose concentration on the task at hand. When it seemed like she was finally making some progress, her food was still burnt. Perhaps a meddling son getting in the way? I do not think I could have handled the situation like she did though. I understood her not telling Gabriel, however I was frustrated that she did not at least talk to the boys about it.
I enjoyed the relationship between Gabriel and Rachel. Overtime it seemed as if both had developed some feelings, but both to scared to admit. I felt that Amy wrote this back and forth in a way that was both realistic and relatable. I could see myself having the same doubts as them throughout the book. They both just needed a little nudge, and Amy wrote in little glimmers of hope every now and then to keep your hope alive.
This was a wonderfully scripted story that I recommend to all. I should also note that although this is not the first book in the series, I feel it would be fine as a stand alone. I will admit, however, that now I want to find the first two books and check them out!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review which I have given.
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Gabriel's Bride by Amy LillardJune 5, 2015MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Gabriel's Bride**** by Amy Lillard
Rachel Yoder's aunt has died and her home has been sold. Now orphaned and alone she has two choices: move to Ohio with a distant cousin who has eleven childrenwhich also means she has to sell her goats and loose her organic goat cheese business; or a marriage of convenience to unfriendly and stern Gabriel Fisher, a widower with six children. If she marries Gabriel, she can keep her goats and her cheese business as well as having a home and family.
Everything does not go as smoothly as Rachel and Gabriel had hoped. For one thing his two middle sons are not happy with their dad's new wife. Those two mischievous sons hatch a plan to sabotage everything Rachel does in hopes to drive her away. However, Rachel takes in strideas she does everythingand continues to make Gabriel's home and family her own. The youngest son, six year old Samuel, captures Rachel's heart and he loves her.
Gabriel is hopeful that his life will be much easier and uneventful with Rachel here to do the indoor chores, cook and mind his sons. But it appears that she can't keep the house clean for long and burns almost everything she cooks. However, her goat cheese is delicious!
Samuel captured my heart as he did Rachel's. I like the way Rachel kept going even with all that she had endured in her young life. Loved the antics the two middle boys pulled on Rachel and had to chuckle when she pulled one on them. Gabriel seemed blind to what they were up to and I wanted to go out to the barn and tell him. I enjoyed watching Gabriel and Rachel as they adjusted to their new lives together and the way love sneaks up on them. Faith and family are a very important part of their lives; add to that romance, some danger, joy as well as sadness, drama, heartbreak and humor. I could picture their farm, surrounding farms and community from the clear descriptions Amy Lillard painted.
~~I won a copy of this book from the author on Goodreads Bingo, this is my honest review~~
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5GREAT Amish fiction!May 16, 2014TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5As a reader that only enjoys SOME Amish fiction I usually try a new author with some trepidation. I quickly lost that with Gabriel's Bride. The book was new, different, and not the usual hackneyed storyline. I was pulled in with chapter one and it kept me hooked all the way through to the last page.
I really liked both Rachel and Gabriel. Rachel is sweet and genuinely tries to fit in and help her new family. Gabriel is a bit gruff and doesn't always know what to say but he loves his family very much. It was neat watching the two grow, change, and get used to each other. I really enjoyed how Amy Lillard made her characters flawed and make mistakes but still doing their best and trying to do what is right for their family.
As with most Amish stories faith and family are foremost. I love the wholesome but also realistic life stages and predicaments that the characters find themselves in. There is romance, danger, drama, and humor all rolled into 300 pages of good book. Some of the best humor comes when Gabriel's boys decide they don't want a new mother and the tricks they pull on her, and how she good-naturedly gets back at them.
Gabriel's Bride was an enjoyable story that I would recommend to any lover of Amish fiction!
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Best in the series!March 28, 2014JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you read the intro to Gabriel's Bride, you'll see right away that it was written at a particularly difficult time for Amy Lillard.
Instead of letting the events she was dealing with at the time deter her, she made the brave decision to forge ahead and, while she did not allow the sadness to make this book depressing, she did allow her feelings to fuel a deeply emotional story that is the best of this series - at least in my humble opinion.
Amy Lillard is a truly gifted author.
This is a book that everyone should read, whether they enjoy Amish fiction or not.
It is a story of loss, yes - but it is also a story about redemption and the amazing wonder of life and love.
I don't know what Amy has planned for her next book but I really hope she plans to write more about this series, these people.
And I know her website says this book is the last in the Clover Ridge series but Clover Ridge has become a favorite place of mine and I hope Amy finds a way to share more with us in some way or another about the wonderful community of Clover Ridge.
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NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5For Convenience Sake!March 23, 2014NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Gabriel Fisher has been widowed for six years, and has his hands full with five sons and a large farm to manage. His daughter recently left home during her rumspringa in order to continue her education, and his sister is planning for her upcoming wedding. With no alternative, his only option was to hire someone to manage his household and monitor the children.
Sadly, Rachel Yoder's aunt passed away leaving her homeless and alone, aside from distant cousins in Ohio. In order to remain in her Amish community in Oklahoma she takes the job as housekeeper for Gabriel in lieu of moving to Ohio to live with relative strangers. Gabriel agreed to allow her to bring her goats to his farm, an option that she was not allowed if she were to move to Ohio. Not considering the repercussions involved in the Amish community, Gabriel agreed for Rachel to live in his daughter's vacant room at the farm. The bishop of their district has other ideas when he discovers that Gabriel has an unmarried housekeeper living in his home.
A quick marriage arrangement takes place out of convenience for both Gabriel and Rachel. Gabriel's children don't take kindly to the idea as they still hold their mother close in their hearts, and the new housekeeper turned wife becomes easily distracted from her chores and has a penchant for burning nearly everything she cooks! Six-year-old Samuel is the exception to the rule. A Down syndrome child with learning disabilities, Samuel loves everything about Rachel, and becomes very attached to her. Rachel loves his sweet and affectionate nature and can't imagine her life without him. So begins a journey of joy and sadness, fun and games, mishaps and adventures, disappointment and desolation.
Returning to Clover Ridge, Oklahoma in the third installment of this series is pure delight, with moments of hilarity and occasions of emotional upheaval and heartbreak. Amy Lillard has written another wonderful Amish novel of love, tenderness, humor and despair, all rolled into a wonderful and emotional read. Amy is very talented in painting a pictorial representation of the locale, the Amish farms and surrounding area. I was impressed by that quality from "Saving Gideon" as well, the first book in this series. The characters throughout this book are very personalized and colorful, with traits that make you love them, and in some cases, dislike them, but in getting to know them personally this is a very enjoyable part of the story. I highly recommend Gabriel's Bride. This is a far different viewpoint from many Amish fiction stories, one that I particularly enjoyed. The books in this series can also be read as stand alone stories, but I recommend the entire series for your reading pleasure!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from B&H Publishing Groups in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.