A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller (review by Kristi)

 

A Reluctant Bride

From Goodreads: She never wanted to marry. He hopes to make amends for past wrongs. Can love find a way to heal both of their hearts?

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.”

My review: I was instantly drawn to this book from the moment I read the back cover. I was hoping the inside of the book was just as good as the description on the back. Did the book live up to my expectations? Yes!! In fact, it surpassed them!

The characters in this book were well developed. There are ones you will immediately like and ones you will hate. The author did a wonderful job of creating these characters and making them feel so real that I forgot they were fictional.

The story is told at just the right pace. The story has a very real and natural progression that lent to the believability of the story. I didn’t feel like anything was rushed and the Sadie and Aden’s story was told to perfection.

One of my favorite things about this book is that it isn’t your typical Amish fiction story.  The characters are flawed and face the same situations as “Englishers”.  The difference is in how they handle the problems they face.  There are some serious subjects in the book such as abuse and the author tackles them in a tasteful manner.

A Reluctant Bride is a wonderfully told story of love, loss, and second chances. It is definitely one for the keeper shelf. A second or third reading of this book will be just as good as the first. A must read for fans of love stories, Amish or not.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.

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