His Accidental Amish Family by Rachel J. Good – Book Review

Posted December 4, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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His Accidental Amish Family by Rachel J. Good – Book Review

His Accidental Amish Family

by Rachel J. Good


Published by Zebra Books
Publication Date December 1, 2020
Genres: Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Pennsylvania Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
Pages: 294

Synopsis:


In the picturesque Amish community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, life's detours may prove the path to true happiness . . .

After a buggy accident when she was a teenager, Anna Flaud was told she would never walk again. Unwilling to be an object of pity, she put aside her dreams of marriage and found purpose as an assistant at a Community Care Center. Now she has a chance to fulfill her dearest wish--motherhood--and adopt three siblings with special needs. Yet the opportunity comes with a condition Anna isn't sure she can meet: finding a husband.
Levi King began working at the center as penance after a careless mistake led to tragedy. Though he's dealing with his own heartbreak, he's drawn to Anna, cheering her on as she strives to regain her mobility. Her quiet determination, her generous heart--these are qualities to cherish in a wife. Still, Anna's plans give him pause. Given his past, Levi hardly trusts himself to care for one child, let alone three. Yet together, perhaps they could forge a family made sturdier by all they've overcome . . .

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


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His Accidental Amish Family tells Anna’s side of the story we already learned in His Pretend Amish Bride. Sweet Anna spent the past seven years working to recover from the accident that had confined her to a wheelchair. She continued to long for a family to love despite knowing that she would never be able to bear children. She was very gentle and kind and had an amazing way with the children she came into contact with.

His brother Jonah’s accident, which Levi felt he should have prevented, continued to haunt Levi ever since his childhood. It had him struggling to ensure no one would be hurt on his watch ever again! He had to learn to trust that God is in control and to accept the forgiveness already granted him.

Levi and Anna’s story was sweet as he helps her to achieve her goal of walking again. And in any other way he can. Yet, while the kindness they show each other was touching, I felt their relationship lacked depth. They rarely spoke about anything of substance. In fact, their lack of communication caused so many misunderstandings!

Though the story got off to a sluggish start, it did pick up. The situation with the foster children’s parents was unexpected and tragic. I loved the little ones, especially Assad, the older brother who did all he could to care for his siblings.

I didn’t understand how Gabe could have lived in the community Anna moved to and yet be oblivious to the fact Anna had moved there. It also wasn’t clear why Anna was pretty much always in the wheelchair after she had managed to advance to using crutches. And for some reason, that bothered me, though it is not really a very big deal. 🙂

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About Rachel J. Good

USA Today bestselling author RACHEL J. GOOD writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. She grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.

Rachel is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – the bestselling Love & Promises, Sisters & Friends, Unexpected Amish Blessings, Surprised by Love (2021), and two books in Hearts of Amish Country – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books. In addition, she has stories in many anthologies, including Love’s Thankful Heart, Love’s Christmas Blessings, Plain Everyday Heroes, Love’s Truest Hope, and the forthcoming Amish Christmas Twins (September 2020) with Shelley Shepard Gray and Loree Lough. She is also the coauthor of the Prayerful Author Journey: Inspirational Yearly Planner.

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