A Convenient Wedding
With a baby on the way, a toddler son to care for and a run-down farm, Amish widow Rebekah Burkholder is worried for her family’s future. So when a kind, hardworking Amish widower with three children proposes marriage for sensible reasons, Rebekah accepts. She’ll oversee Joshua Stoltzfus’s household, be a loving mother to his children and try to reach his rebellious teenager. Joshua will make a wonderful father to her young son and the little one soon to be born. But as Rebekah unexpectedly falls for her new husband, dare she hope that Joshua will reopen his heart to love, too?
This is a nice little Amish story that tackles the issue of domestic violence – something I have not read about in this subgenre before. I like Jo Ann Brown’s writing style, and didn’t find the book overly religious. It did, however, need another couple of chapters at the end because the story cut out before the issues were resolved.
Once again, I say these books make being Amish look like a curse – everyone is widowed in their twenties! I know it’s a good way to create some drama, but who would want to be Amish – or get married – if you have a fifty percent chance of being dead before your thirtieth birthday?!
That aside, I thought the balance between the relationship and the family aspects was good. Sometimes in these books so much time is given to the children that the author forgets they are writing for the romance genre.
I don’t know if it’s just that I’m more familiar with Amish culture now, but I thought we were eased in the world in a way that makes the book accessible for newbies.
It might have been nice if the big secrets were revealed just a little bit earlier in the book, because there weren’t many pages left to deal with the domestic violence issue, but at least we were given a realistic amount of time for the characters to fall in love.
I think this was one of the better Amish books I’ve read so far.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.