About the Book
Book: The Amish Widow’s Rescue
Author: Rachel J Good
Genre: Amish Romance
Release Date: May 28, 2019
The perfect family awaits…if only he’ll risk his heart.
Pregnant and recently widowed, Grace Fisher is determined to provide for her family on her own. Thankfully, her jam business is popular in her Amish community. But it’s difficult keeping up with her work, her farm chores, and her two mischievous children. Especially now that they’ve taken to idolizing their neighbor Elijah. While the handsome farmer is kind and generous, he seems intent on holding Grace and her little ones at a distance…
Elijah Beiler has always admired his neighbor Grace. So standing by while she struggles to support her family isn’t an option. Offering to take over her farm duties, Elijah is determined to help while remaining detached. He knows all too well that love only leads to heartbreak. Yet the more time he spends with Grace and her children, the harder he finds it to leave each day. But can Elijah overcome past hurts and open his heart to this ready-made family?
“A beautiful story of forgiveness and second chances.” -Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Timesbestselling author, on The Amish Teacher’s Gift
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About the Author
Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. The bestselling author of several Amish romance series, she grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her stories. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farms and attending family events. Rachel has more than 40 books in print or forthcoming for both children and adults under several pen names. Find out more about Rachel and her books at her website and by signing up for her newsletter.
Rachel’s Amish series include Sisters & Friends (Charisma House & Harlequin), Love & Promises (Hachette/Grand Central), Hearts of Amish Country (Annie’s Book Club), and the forthcoming Unexpected Amish Blessings and Surprised by Love series (Kensington). She also has several anthologies in print as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Book.
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The story idea for The Amish Widow’s Secret came to me after I’d just finished reading stories to my Amish friend’s children to give her a little break. She was expecting a new baby, and while we sat in their kitchen enjoying a snack, her husband came in.
The tenderness in his eyes as they talked made my eyes well with tears. It was obvious how much they loved each other, and they both supported each other. A perfect companionship. Not everyone gets to experience that bond, that caring.
It made me wonder what she’d do without him, and the seeds of a story was born. I decided to explore how a widow would cope with a pregnancy and two children alone. In the Amish community, of course, no one is ever left on their own. Everyone chips in to help.
So, what if the handsome and reclusive bachelor next door felt obligated to help, but wanted to avoid getting involved? Would he eventually soften his heart toward children and love?
As I wrote, I wondered if Elijah Beiler could get over a previous heartbreak. He needed to face his past before he moved forward, so I gave him that opportunity. A surprise visit and unwelcome news force Elijah to rethink everything he believes about parenting and love. And about the person who destroyed his world. He also needs to face the bitterness he’s been harboring.
Sometimes learning more about the circumstances or reasons of the person who has hurt us causes us to see the whole situation in a new light, making it easier to let go of the hurt. That’s what happens to Elijah.
I hope his journey will encourage readers to consider the places in their lives where they’ve been holding onto pain and reevaluate those experiences in the light of God’s forgiveness and love. To write this story, I needed to do that too.
I don't think I have read many Amish stories that deal with widowhood. This story was a nice change of pace and captured the realism of being a widow. It also reminds us that the Amish face problems and tragedies just like the English do. Grace has been in a marriage that was unhappy and abusive. She never told anyone how difficult her marriage was and I wondered if she was ashamed or afraid to say anything. When her husband suddenly passes away, her world is turned upside down.
Grace has her hands full with two small children, a jam making business and running the farm. I was fascinated by all the work it takes to make jam, can it and sell it. It was not easy but Grace did her best. There was evidence that she didn't like anyone to help her and maybe because she had always done everything herself. Her inability to accept help was something she needed to work on. I thought right away it was her pride. If she asked for help, would it look like she was weak?
Living next door to Grace, he knew she was struggling but for some reason he had it in his head that Grace was ignoring her children and concentrating on her jam business more. The ugliness of judgment was alive in Elijah and he needed to change his way of thinking. Being abandoned as a child has caused him to judge mothers and be a bit standoffish around them. I loved how Elijah stepped up and helped Grace doing chores and watching her children. His heart began to soften towards Grace and it was nice to see him admit he had judged her wrongly.
Although the main story is about Grace and Elijah, I don't want to forget to mention a sweet little boy named Levi. He is such a loving child and hungry for attention from a father figure. The author does a great job of slowly showing how Levi and Elijah bonded. It was good for Elijah to open his heart and experience how much love a child can give. Their time together was special and I loved how easy Levi took to Elijah.
There is a lot more to the story but I don't want to spoil anything. I loved the surprises the author had in the story and how forgiveness was a big part of the emotional journey the characters took. Have you ever had a neighbor help you out without asking for anything in return? When is the last time you reached out to your neighbor and offered a helping hand? I loved the theme of loving your neighbor as yourself. Sometimes we forget everyone around us and only focus on our own problems. Let this story remind you to reach out and help someone out. Don't allow pride to consume you and always love and forgive unconditionally.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate. Lit The review is my own opinion.
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