Great finish to the Clover Ridge Series...An Amish Love Story!!!
December 28, 2016
This is another great book by Amy Lillard...an Amish book...last part of a three part series! Rachel and Gideon seem the most unlikely of matches...but they both really need each other...Gideon needs help to raise his large brood...remember...he has six children...and he is now a widow...he is a large man...Rachel is a very small, more average sized woman...she can't really picture herself with him...but it all works out in the end...this is an Amish Love Story...which is a little strange to us...yet is very much normal to the Amish...but this books shows that sometimes choices in partners...life partners...husband and wife...starts out more...for reasons of duty...or reasons of necesity...more than...just because you are in love...sometimes there are more important things...but...in the end...love can come shining through...so don't give up on love either...all is not lost!...love is never lost completely...I love the feelings shared in this book...This is the third and final book in this series...and I really enjoyed this series too!!! Amy is a wonderful writer...I can never say enough of how much I love her books...the realism...how she makes you feel...just like you are in the middle of the town...with all the characters...a part of the story...As long as Amy Lillard keeps writing her books...in any genre she writes in...I will read them!!!
This 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.
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~~
As 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.)
If 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.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.