Monday, September 21, 2015

A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller

Sadie Schrock swore she would never marry. All of her other Amish friends could court and marry—she was content to manage the family business and eventually take it over when her parents are ready to retire. But all of that changes when a reckless driver kills both of her parents and seriously injures her younger sister. With mounting hospital bills adding to the pile of debt her parents left behind, Sadie is left with no choice: she must marry. And not just any man—the man who saw her at her weakest and walked away.
Aden knows what his brother did to Sadie years ago was inexcusable. And every day since that incident, Aden has lived with the guilt for not intervening sooner. When he is faced with the chance to protect Sadie once again, he can’t let her down—even if it means living with the scorn of the woman he loves for the rest of his life.
Working alongside Aden at the store, Sadie realizes he isn’t the same boy who once betrayed her. Just when Sadie starts to let her guard down and perhaps develop feelings for her new husband, dangerous secrets are revealed. Now everything Sadie has worked so hard to protect is threatened, and she must find a way to save her family—and herself.
I have never read any books by Kathleen Fuller and I’m not really a fan of Amish books.  So I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.  I enjoyed getting to know Sadie and Aden.  Sadie is a very stubborn independent woman who has vowed that she will never marry.  Then after the death of her parents here comes the bishop demanding that she marry Sol, his son.  The very person she abhors.  Aden, Sol’s brother, steps up and volunteers to marry Sadie.  She now is between a rock and hard place.  What does she do?  Marry Aden as the bishop wants or lose everything and any way of taking care of her sisters. 
The Amish way of life was brought into the book. But it wasn’t the main focus.  My main complaint about Amish books is that they dwell more on the Amish way and not God’s way.  I liked how this book showed Sadie as wanting to do things God’s way.  Aden has had a very hard life growing up under a very abusive father and brother.  Through all this he still has a very gentle nature.  He also wants to do things God’s way.  I enjoyed watching the relationship between Sadie and Aden grow throughout the book. There was a little bit of mystery in the book which I enjoyed also.
I would highly recommend this book and will be reading more books by Kathleen Fuller.
I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

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