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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Highly engaging, instantly captivating, and undeniably gripping, Rachel J Good has written a masterpiece! She is quickly becoming one of my favorite Amish fiction authors. With realistic characters and palpable settings, this is a novel that’s easy to keep the pages turning.
One thing that I absolutely loved about this story, was that the romance didn’t feel forced or added out of necessity. With a friendship initially forged through hardship, Grace and Elijah’s affections for one another blossomed despite their intents to prevent that from occurring. It’s true that people helplessly carry their past relationships (romantic or not) with them through life. It was remarkable to see the healing that both Grace and Elijah experienced the more they were willing to let go of their pasts and look forward to their futures.
Elijah is one of my new favorite heroes. He initially found himself forced out of his comfort zone out of a feeling of duty, yet swiftly found his heart changing in ways he never would have expected. He wasn’t perfect, but he was perfect for Grace. I admired that he was a man with his own hurdles to face and not merely the knight coming in for the rescue. I truly appreciated the realism.
This is the third book in the Love and Promises series but it could also easily be read as a stand-alone. Although there is an important connection between Grace’s niece Meredith and her midwife friend Leah, it’s a small piece of the storyline and it’s summarized for the reader.
I highly, highly recommend this story to Amish fiction fans! I absolutely loved it and look forward to reading more from Rachel J Good in the future!
*I received a copy of this book through CelebrateLit. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
About the 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.
More from Rachel
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.
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