A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller

Book description:

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:

This is a very unusual Amish fiction book.  Fuller’s book explores greed, abuse, and deception in the context of an Amish community.  I found it to be a refreshing change from the typical Amish fiction.  Most Amish fiction paints the Amish lifestyle in an idyllic fashion where everyone lives together in peace and cooperation.  I’m not sure which one is the most realistic, but it was very interesting to read this different style of Amish fiction.

The best part of this book is the realistic aspect of the situation in which Sadie finds herself.  I lived in a rural community where there was a large Amish population, so I am well aware of the realities of car versus buggy accidents and how catastrophic they are for the buggy occupants.

In romantic fiction, it is usually pretty obvious who will couple up and live happily ever after, so I always look at the journey of how they get from point A to point B.  Fuller does a great job in pacing the book so that it isn’t too obvious or gives away too much too soon.  Aden and Sadie are lovable characters that struggle with real-life problems.  Readers can’t help but root for them to find happiness.

If you are a fan of Amish fiction, you will probably enjoy this one, especially since it is different from other Amish fiction out there.  I really enjoyed it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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