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Miriam Yoder is the beloved school teacher in her Amish community. She finds herself attracted to a local freelance reporter whom she could never marry. Mose Stoll, a recent widower from her home town is in search of a new wife. Should Miriam follow her heart and face excommunication? Will she rely on God to show her the right path to travel?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Land of Promise
Miriam Yoder is living a happy life as the beloved school teacher in the small Clarita, Oklahoma Amish community having accepted the fact that she will likely never marry. But when a local freelance reporter enters her world, Miriam is astonished to find herself attracted to the handsome Englisha man.
The very next week, widower Mose Stoll arrives from her home community of Possum Valley, Ohio, in search of a second frau. Mose has spoken with Miriam's father and is ready to meet Miriam in person. If he finds no serious flaw in Miriam, Mose plans to marry her and take her home to Possum Valley.
When Miriam follows her heart instead of her head, she finds herself facing excommunication. Suddenly her happy life has been turned upside down with no possible solution...unless God intervenes.
Jerry Eicher's many fans (more than 600,000 books sold) will delight in this concluding volume in his Land of Promise series.
Jerry Eicher taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He writes of his experience growing up Amish in his memoir My Amish Childhood. Jerry has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. He lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.
AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Love is a many splendored thing but can be shattered tooApril 13, 2017AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Miriam and the Stranger, by Jerry S. Eicher, is the third book in the Amish genre Land of Promise series. I didn't realize when I read the book it was part of a series and occasionally would come across things that seemed like there was some backstory, but all in all, it is easily read as a stand-alone. With several failed relationships over the last few years, Miriam, at 24 years old, feels like her chance at marriage and having a family has passed her by. Then along comes Mose, a widower from her hometown. He's heard of her virtues and has come to check her out to see if she would be a suitable wife. And then comes Tyler, the Englisha journalist who comes to the community to pursue a story. One forbidden and one who seemed to have landed right in her lap--but which one will be the one who brings all the pieces of her soul together. The author tells a good story with a lot of tension in the romance factor of the story, keeping the reader in suspense as to how things are all going to turn out. The characters are realistic and evocative as the story takes the reader into the heart of their lives, their pain, and their faith. He presents a tale that tells of the trustworthy relationships of a small community, the healing power of friendship and the faithfulness of a God who cares about our lives.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a review and the opinions are my own.
BarbWest Monroe, LAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Spectacular BookDecember 3, 2015BarbWest Monroe, LAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jerry Eicher wrote another spectacular book in the Land of Promise series called Miriam and the Stranger. Miriam has waited so long for her special man that when two total opposites show up, she has to be careful. When one man comes along with all the right qualifications and everyone thinks he's the one, she has to wait on the Lord to make sure if that's the right decision. Sometimes the right decision from God is not the popular decision with the people. Jerry Eicher is a superb writer and does an excellent job in bringing out the minute details we wouldn't think about. I love and enjoy reading his books and Miriam and the Stranger is Book Three in the Land of Promise series. I highly recommend reading this book but I would advise to read Books One and Two to have a clearer understanding. I'm looking forward to what Jerry's writing will bring to us next.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my own opinion.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Third book in Land of Promise series.October 4, 2015The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Miriam and the Stranger by Jerry Eicher is the third book in the Land of Promise series. Miriam Yoder is twenty-four years old and living in Clarita, Oklahoma. Clarita is a very small Amish community in Oklahoma. Miriam has been teaching for the last three years while living with her Uncle William and Aunt Frannie. Miriam receives a letter from her mother stating a surprise will be coming her way. Miriam has no idea what the surprise could be, but she has an idea.
Tyler Johnson is freelance journalist who took an assignment to write on how the local Amish community has recovered from the tornadoes a few years ago. One of the farms Tyler visits is the Beilers. William welcomes him to the greenhouse and invites him to dinner. Miriam is instantly taken with him (gets tongue tied and flustered) and Tyler with her. Miriam, knows though, that it cannot be.
Miriam surprise is Minister Mose Stoll from Possum Valley, Ohio. He is a widower looking for a new wife. Miriams future brother-in-law mentioned her to Mose. Mose then asked several people about Miriam including her father, the deacon, and the bishop. Mose has come to Clarita to see Miriam in person (to interview her). After talking with Miriam (and just about everyone else in the small community), Mose decides she is the right person for him and asks to correspond with her (to get to know her better). Miriam is not really not given a choice in the matter and agrees. She knows that marrying Mose is what her family wants for her. Her heart, though, does not agree especially as she encounters Tyler more and more in the community. Does Miriam follow her heart or her head? What will be the right choice for her?
I was a little disappointed in this last book in the Land of Promise series. Can you imagine having no choice in who you marry? I felt that Miriam should have spoken up (but then there would not have been a story). I have just told you a little of what goes on in the book. There is also Tylers investigation. His research uncovers some startling information. It was nice to revisit Clarita and the characters we have come to know in the series. It is a nicely written book with a good flow. Miriam and the Stranger has a lovely and enjoyable ending. I give Miriam and the Stranger 3.75 out of 5 stars (I liked it, but did not love it).
I received a complimentary copy of Miriam and the Stranger from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest review.