Marrying Jonah by Amy Lillard (review by Kristi)

marrying jonah

About the book:  Life isn’t always as simple as it seems for the Amish community of Wells Landing, Oklahoma. Neither is love. . .
“Everyone in town knows that Sarah Yoder is enamored with Jonah Miller, even though he s been with his girlfriend, Lorie, for years. But all that changes when Lorie runs off with another man. Inconsolable, his faith in love shattered, Jonah resists everyone s attempts to ease his pain until the unexpected happens one night.
Jonah is filled with confusion. Sarah is not the woman he yearns for, yet he asks for her hand in marriage, if only out of honor. Still, he worries, can they live in harmony if their vows are built on a lie? As Sarah seeks spiritual advice, Jonah tries to look toward the future and finally begins to see her for who she really is: A beautiful, strong-willed woman whose heart is pure and belief is true. But will it be too late for him to prove that he wants to be her husband?

Paperback, 352 pages                                  Published March 28, 2017 by Zebra


My review:  I would give this book six stars if I could. This book kept me up way past my bedtime and I kept telling myself “one more chapter” or “10 more minutes” then I’m putting it down. Finally, I did put the book down. When I finished it. At 1:30 in the morning. I’m not quite sure when the last time this happened to me but when it does I believe the book is 6-star worthy.

Amy Lillard has just gotten better and better with her Wells Landing novels. Marrying Jonah is my favorite of the series. This story was different than most about the Amish life. I felt like I got a true glimpse into the Amish lifestyle and their way of handling situations and their outlook on things. That’s not to say that everything is perfect and rainbows and sunshine, though. Things are far from perfect for Sarah and Jonah. This couple is trying to make a life together because of the actions of one night and things aren’t working out all that well. It was so easy to feel the character’s shame and reluctance to make things right even thought that is what was expected of them. It was easy to like both of these characters and empathize with them throughout the book.

At times this book was a rollercoaster ride of emotions and I think that was part of what kept me reading “just a little bit more”. I just couldn’t put the book down not knowing how things would work out for this couple. Amy has such a way of lifting the characters emotions off the page and into the reader’s heart. At times I forgot this was a fictional story and fictional characters. They all seemed so real to me.

This book is a must read. Believable characters and a powerful story combine to make this book a quick, yet emotional read. Definitely a book for the keeper shelf and one to read again and again.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are mine.


About the author:  I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I believe that God is love. I guess that’s why I adore romances.

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I’m a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that’s me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)

Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940’s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s.

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2 thoughts on “Marrying Jonah by Amy Lillard (review by Kristi)

  1. Kristi I received an Advance Readers Copy from Amy and Marrying Jonah is an awesome book and it kept me up well past my bedtime too! (2AM) Great review

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