Title: The Teacher’s Bride
Author: Kathleen Fuller
Series: Amish Brides of Birch Creek #1
Genre: Amish Fiction
Publishing Date: Dec 4, 2018
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
About the Book:
Beloved and bestselling author of Amish romance Kathleen Fuller reminds us that sometimes opposites really do attract.
“A heartwarming story of unexpected romance woven with fun and engaging characters who come to life on every page.”–Amy Clipston, bestselling author of A Seat by the Hearth
If there is one thing Christian Ropp will not allow in his classroom—or his life—it is chaos. So why is he drawn to Ruby Glick, a woman who seems to bring mayhem wherever she goes?
Christian Ropp moves to Birch Creek to accept a teaching position in the rapidly growing Amish community. He’s determined to put the rambunctious school in order as well as check another task off his list: finding a wife. Of course, that would be much easier if women were like textbooks, straightforward and logical.
When an accident puts Christian out of commission, a new community member named Ruby Glick takes over his classroom. But Ruby’s exuberant teaching style clashes with Christian’s careful methods and he worries his students will never be the same.
With a track record of catastrophe, Ruby always feels too clumsy, too distracted, too . . . much. Desperate for a chance to prove that she can do more than make mistakes in her life, she throws herself into her new teaching position. But when Christian can’t seem to stay out of her way, she finds herself slipping into old, chaotic tendencies.
What she doesn’t anticipate is that Christian’s heart is slowly catching up with his mind—and she, too, must decide whether to follow logic or love.
As soon as I saw The Teacher’s Bride I knew it was one that I would like to read. I’ve always enjoyed books about school teachers in historical settings, so I was pretty confident that I’d enjoy this one about an Amish teacher. I’m certainly glad I picked this one up!
One thing about the book that is quickly recognizable, is the fact that Christian is not your typical hero. In fact, it would be more accurate to say that he’s quite opposite of that. He actually strongly reminded me of Sheldon Cooper from the TV show Big Bang Theory. He’s very smart, but lacks “tact” as he’s told the story. Oddly enough, his character is also quite similar to my husband’s, so it was interesting (and annoying at times 😉 haha), to see that type of personality in a book. Have you ever made a serious statement that should have a serious response but instead your grammar is corrected? Or have you ever had a conversation with someone who says what’s on their mind before thinking if it’s actually appropriate to say out loud or not? Or they lack knowledge of social norms and ask weirdly for you to explain them? Yes, that’s Christian’s character in a nutshell. Yet despite his odd character, he also grows on you and you can easily see that he has good motives. It actually makes you cheer for him, hoping he gets a happy ending.
Have you ever felt so nervous about messing up something that it actually causes you to mess up? That’s Ruby. She has the purest of intentions and suffers from a lot of guilt from “mishaps” in the past, but you can clearly see that her fear of “screwing up” is often the very cause of it. My heart really latched on to her character, and I greatly hoped for her to find peace and happiness.
I really enjoyed this story and was highly engaged throughout. Even with it being a busy week for me I still finished it in only 2 days. Kathleen Fuller is a new author for me, but I’m sure I’ll be reading more from her in the future. I absolutely look forward to reading the next book in the series when it happens to come out. I’d recommend this book to historical fiction and Amish fiction fans.
*I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Age Appropriateness/Content Warnings:
I would consider this a clean read overall. If younger readers were interested I wouldn’t have a problem recommending it if they were at an appropriate reading level.