I'll say it again. Amy Lillard has such an amazing talent
It is amazing to see so many different perspectives in her work. In the first book of this series: Saving Gideon, we had the perspective of an outsider looking in.
In Katie's Choice we get the added perspective of a hard-core unbeliever who also happens to be a journalist.
Amy writes with such realism, she puts you in the shoes of each character and the different perspectives are absolutely wonderful.
One of my favorite things about this genre is that the lack of things like intimacy before marriage or bad language force the story to be so much more developed than most mainstream fiction.
Mainstream fiction depends on that "hook" to sell books and Inspirational fiction actually has have a well developed plot and storyline to make it.
Amy Lillard is a prime example of that.
Her plots are well-constructed and they flow well. She doesn't feel the need to fill the pages with overblown drama or unbelievable events. You follow along the story and it all feels perfectly real while still being highly entertaining.
I feel blessed to have found such a terrific new author and I hope to see many more books of hers in the years to come.
Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
I have to start out by saying I am a bad street team member. Ach! Too often when you are an active reviewer books pile up fast and this was the case with this book. I did read the last book in the series so I started out this book, knowing if the boy would get the girl. At first I was wondering why read it, you know what happens, but I am so glad I took the time to read this book. It was a fun story. It also gave you more insight to the relationships that you have read about in the previous book, and even the latter book. I LOVED the practical jokes. The Fisher men got one over on Zane, his first day of working in the fields but he got them back. And the gig was on then. More practical jokes and tricks followed and they really made the story even more enjoyable for me. This book is a wonderful story and I loved it 5 stars from this reviewer.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Zane Carson, a news correspondent is sent on an unusual assignment. He's heading to Oklahoma to learn about the Amish way of life. His mission is to not only report, but actually live with an Amish family for three months.
Katie Rose teaches at the local Amish school and is raising her brother's children after he lost his wife during childbirth. Katie has accepted that she will never be married because her beau left the Amish for the English world.
Can Zane learn what it's truly like to be Amish? Will Katie be happy with her life as a teacher and fill-in mother?
This would be a great book to start with if you are not familiar with the Amish, as the story gives a lot of information on their beliefs and way of life. There are some terrific spiritual lessons in this novel that made the storyline even better.
This review gives more insight than just "it was/wasn't a good book" or "this is/isn't a must read". While I try not to give too much away, sometimes it's difficult to write about the story and have it not be revealing.
Zane Carson was a war correspondent for a Chicago magazine. To ease back into the job after being shot he headed to an unfamiliar country - Amish country. He planned on having one of his easiest assignments ever. He'd stay with a host family and write about his experiences while living among the Amish. But being attracted to Katie Rose Fisher was not part of his plan.
Katie Rose believed that it was her calling to be single and teach the children in her Amish community. She was once in love with Samuel Beachy until he left to become English. After spending some time with Zane, Katie had to fight her feelings for yet another Englisher.
I was wondering why an Englisher would be welcome in the Fisher home. There are at least two reasons. Katie's dad agreed to have Zane live with his family to raise money for his wife Ruth's cancer treatments. It was easy to see he truly loved his wife. He was hoping the exposure would bring people and their money to their community. I liked Ruth and I couldn't wait to discover if she was cancer free or not. It was sad to read about Ruth and her having to deal with the effects of surgery and chemotherapy to get rid of the cancer. Another reason is Englisher-soon-to-be-Amish Annie Hamilton. Annie is a minor character in this story. She was introduced in the first book in the Clover Ridge Novels, Saving Gideon. Now that I've read Katie's Choice and about her and Gideon's meeting I want to read their story in Saving Gideon.
Zane lived on a cooperative as a child. The members of that community were not much different from the Amish - except there was no mention of God. They both lived off the land. So it wasn't hard to see how Zane easily worked on the Fisher farm.
Zane was raised by agnostic parents. His world was turned upside down by the way the Fisher's lived out their faith. It was obvious the family loved God. Katie Rose lived for God. She saw Him in everything. I like how Zane discovered God in a way that wasn't pushed down his throat because that would have never worked for him.
In this heartwarming Amish tale, author Amy Lillard takes us on a special journey -- where two people from very different worlds find new hope, faith, and healing for their broken lives.
Zane Carson, a war correspondent, has received a strange assignment and certainly not the one he was hoping for. Having his heart set on going to Juarez, Mexico to cover the war on drugs, he receives the news that he is to travel to the Amish country of Oklahoma instead. Before he leaves he asks his beautiful girlfriend, Monica, to marry him when he gets back from his three month assignment there.
Katie Rose has given up on her dream of being an Amish wife and mother of a houseful of children. After the love of her life, Samuel Beachy, leaves the Amish and joins the Englisch world six years prior, a heartbroken Katie Rose feels it is God's call on her life to take care of her widowed brother's children and teach school. Neither Katie nor Zane can stop the undeniable attraction between them, but both know nothing can become of it. Zane is "almost" engaged and Katie is Amish and never the twain shall meet. Especially when Samuel Beachy returns to the community wanting Katie back and Monica says "yes"...
This is my first novel by Amy Lillard, but certainly not my last. She covers some tough topics such as breast cancer, PTSD, and Down syndrome with finesse, and I found myself alternating between tears and laughter at the trials and antics of the main and secondary characters. Yes, the conclusion was predictable as I have read so many Amish books, but the journey there was superb!
A copy of this book was provided by Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion.