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Review: A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller

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Review: A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller

A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fullerareluctantbride
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Amish Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: September 8, 2015

Sadie Schrock planned to never get married. She managed her parents’ store and was content to remain single while watching all of her friends marry.  Those plans go up in smoke when Sadie’s parents are killed and her youngest sister, Joanna, is seriously injured in a car versus buggy accident.  As Joanna clings to life, Sadie is left to take care of things at home. Ever practical, she looks at the family finances to see if she can pay for Joanna’s extended hospital stay. What she finds is a mountain of debt and a molehill of savings to pay for it. Knowing that her Amish community has a fund for emergencies like theirs, Sadie approaches Bishop Troyer for help with paying the bills her parents left behind. Instead of help, the bishop informs her she must marry. Not only must she marry, but she must marry his son Sol – the very man whose actions years ago made her decide to remain single!

Aden Troyer, younger son of the bishop, has always loved Sadie, but his inability to stand up for her in the face of his brother’s unwanted advances branded him a coward in her eyes. When Aden learns that his father plans to force Sadie to marry Sol, he knows he can’t stand by and let gentle Sadie be tied to his abusive brother. Sadie doesn’t trust Aden, but she fears Sol. Will she let Aden step in and prove to be the man she needs? Can Aden protect Sadie from not only his brother but also from his father?

Cruelty can be found in all walks of life but nowhere is it less expected than in a peace-loving Amish home. To the outside Amish community, Bishop Troyer is their pious faith-filled leader. To Sol and Aden he is the “monster-under-the-bed,” the man who pits brother against brother and the powder keg they always seem to set off.

“A Reluctant Bride” is a real page-turner. I found myself cheering for Aden as he did what needed to be done to protect Sadie. His capacity for love and his spirit never dimmed even though his early victimization might have given him the excuse to be unfeeling. This is a story of second chances, of forgiveness in the face of great trial, and of love against all odds. This was a five-star read for me.

Rating PG-13: Topics of abuse and alcoholism are dealt with throughout the book, making it too heavy for young readers.

Reviewer’s copy was obtained from their local library.

 

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