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Review: The Farmer’s Bride

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Review: The Farmer’s Bride

The Farmer’s Bride by Kathleen Fuller
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Amish Fiction
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: June 4, 2019

Kathleen Fuller takes readers back to Birch Creek where Martha Detweiler has a boy problem, or rather a too-many-boys problem. As the only unmarried female in the community, she is being relentlessly pursued by every boy of marriageable age, and she isn’t interested in dating any of them. The only man not pursuing her is Seth Yoder, the bishop’s son. His interest lies in woodworking, not girl-chasing.

When Martha runs from a youth frolic to hide from all the boys demanding her attention, she stumbles into Seth’s secret woodworking shop. Since she loves to learn new things she stays to watch and, although she’s embarrassed, she tells him why she ran away. Could he possibly be the solution to the problem? What if they pretended to be seeing each other so the boys would back off? At first, Seth turns her down, but then he develops a girl problem of his own and decides that helping Martha might solve his issue, too.

I loved these characters. Martha is a sweetheart who loves to learn new things, from training horses to stain and varnish to carving. She’s not, however, super-interested in housework, which would be more traditional for an Amish woman. As an only child, she’s been allowed to pursue interests that are pretty unconventional. Seth is the oldest son of the bishop so he feels the pressure to do what is expected of him. He farms because it’s expected but he’s teaching himself woodcarving because he loves it. He is such a steady young man with a sense of humor. He needs it when Delilah Stoll starts pushing her granddaughter at him. If I only had one scene to read in this book to know that I would love it, I’d choose the scene where Delilah and Cevilla tangle over a matchmaking meal. It was laugh-out-loud funny.

Amish romance readers will love this return to Birch Creek. Many familiar characters return both from this series and Fuller’s previous series set in Birch Creek. It was fun “catching up” with them.

Rated G: No issues with this one.

Reviewer’s copy was personally purchased. Thank you!

 

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