Moriah Byler can't imagine her happiness being any more complete than the day she marries Levi Miller. She's known him and his twin brother, Gabriel, since the three of them were children. While she rejoices in the love that has grown between herself and Levi, she wonders what has caused the distance between his brother and her. Gabe is more serious, far less carefree than Levi, but this rift in their once-comfortable relationship is more than Gabe's quieter persona.
As is the Amish way, she immerses herself in being a gut wife, and making a home for her husband. It is a crushing blow when, four months into their marriage, Levi leaves her, his family, and his faith.
Moriah is pregnant and alone. According to Amish tradition, she can never marry again as long as her husband is alive. She moves back into her parent's home, not wanting to be a burden to Levi's family.
When Levi dies following a horrible car accident, Moriah's pain intensifies. Her only comfort comes from knowing he made things right with God and his father, John, before he died. John tells her Levi confided in him that he planned to return to the Amish community, and to Moriah and his unborn child. Now that will never happen.
A surprise visit from a stranger reveals a secret Gabriel had kept from Moriah, in an attempt to protect her from further pain. Levi hadn't simply left her and his faith to go his own way_he'd been having an affair with a non-Amish woman. Moriah's very foundations are shaken, and she directs her anger at Gabe for hiding the truth from her.
Gabe, however, is determined to win her heartâ€”not only because his brother made him promise to take care of her, but because he loves her. Always has. And having lost her once to his own brother, he has no intention of losing her again. But he's in for a battle. Moriah has determined never to give her heart again. And certainly not to Levi's brother.
Only God can change her pain-hardened heart and open her eyes to the love that's been right there all along. But can Moriah let go of old hurts and welcome a love far truer than anything her late husband was capable of giving?
I always enjoy Amish romances, and A Man of His Word was no exception. Kathleen Fuller writes with humor and passion. Aside from Moriah and Gabe's story, a wonderful cast of secondary characters adds interest and depth to the storyline. A sub-plot involving Moriah's younger brother is an enchanting and fun addition. Well-written, packed with interesting details about the Amish and their lifestyle, this is an enjoyable, satisfying read. I definitely recommend A Man of His Word.