“It’s YOU!” my nephew exclaimed with a dreamy sigh as he answered the door and melted my heart all at the same time.
When we all lived in the same county, my family would gather on Sunday afternoons at my parents’ house. A highlight of our time there was spending time with my (at the time, only) nephew who was around 2.
My nephew and I got very close and would spend hours doing things I never did without him. Like having races with roly-poly bugs. And watching ants. And painstakingly collecting all the prickly seed pods that had dropped from the huge tree in the front yard. Did I mention that we would do these things for HOURS? (Whoever said little ones have short attention spans hasn’t spent time doing what the little ones really love to do!)
The Amish Widow's Rescue
by Rachel J. Good
Series: Love and Promises #3
Published by Forever
Publication Date May 28, 2019
Genres: Amish Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Pennsylvania Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
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 Times bestselling author, on The Amish Teacher's Gift
The Love & Promises series:The Amish Teacher's GiftThe Amish Midwife's SecretThe Amish Widow's Rescue
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.Also in this series: The Amish Teacher's Gift, The Amish Midwife's Secret
Grace’s story is touching. Her marriage had not turned out as she had dreamed and she struggled with providing for her children. She was gentle, kind, and independent. The way she continued to honor her dead husband despite his cruel treatment of her and the children was admirable.
Elijah had his own struggles and was determined not to put himself in a situation that would result in heartbreak. His reasons for not trusting women were deeply ingrained in him. Yet he was kind and determined to help the lovely widow. I loved the way he was willing to spend so much time and work so hard to help her.
One of Elijah’s major shortcomings was in judging Grace based on scanty evidence and his preconceived ideas based on his deep hurts. He never gave her a chance to explain herself. This was, of course, prompted by his own experiences and he viewed her through the cloudy lens of his hurtful memories.
My favorite part of the story is the budding relationship between Elijah and the fatherless, three-year-old, Levi. The manner in which their love and friendship grew was heartwarming. Levi was everything a precocious young boy should be, full of energy, zeal, and love. His instant love for Elijah and the way he wanted to spend as much time “pwaying” with him as possible made me smile.
As author Rachel J. Good tackles the issues of grief, abandonment, and forgiveness, she introduces a completely unexpected twist, which added some drama to the mix. Grace’s niece, Miriam, who was introduced in rather a big way in The Amish Midwife’s Secret, returns and has a major role in helping Miriam learn to manage the house and her business. It was so fun seeing the teenager show wisdom and shrewd business acumen.
Some unresolved hurts will most likely to pave the way for the next book in the Love and Promises series. Being as the main conflict was resolved satisfactorily, this should not deter you from reading. Instead, it will whet your appetite for more!
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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To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize of autographed copies of The Amish Midwife’s Secret and Big-City Amish, a copy of an Amish cookbook, and an authentic Amish headscarf!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e2ab/the-amish-widow-s-rescue-celebration-tour-giveaway