Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: His Pretend Amish Bride by Rachel J. Good



About the Book


Book: His Pretend Amish Bride
Author: Rachel J. Good
Genre: Amish Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2020


In a small Amish town like Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, one solution to an indiscretion is to get married. Or perhaps, fake a respectable engagement . . .

Priscilla Ebersol has a fulfilling life teaching special needs children—until her boyfriend’s humiliating betrayal ruins her reputation and threatens her job. Shunned for something she didn’t do, Priscilla throws herself into a project on the benefits of camel’s milk for autism. Her research leads her to a newly opened Amish camel farm, where she discovers far more than she bargained for. . .

When a pushy Englisch company shows interest in shy, handsome Gabriel Kauffman’s camel farm, he struggles to get out of a sticky negotiation. Lovely, well-spoken Priscilla appears at the perfect moment and defends Gabe’s business so well that she is mistaken for his wife, a pretense they both secretly wish could be true. But though their bond deepens, Priscilla’s heart is still wounded, and Gabe battles with a troubling secret. And when a misunderstanding comes between them, it will take faith, honesty, and trust in God to overcome the past—and to allow their partnership to blossom into something more.

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My Review

Sweet Priscilla was dumped and betrayed by her boyfriend.  Now she doesn't trust men.  Gabe has a problem with a woman from his past that keeps him from ever dating.  But they both want to start a family, and they find themselves quite attracted to one another.  They will not admit it, and while I felt their pain, it was cute.  And awkward. And comical.  But don't tell them.

Both Priscilla and Gabe were honorable, caring individuals.  They were easy to like.  The characters surrounding them were well-crafted, also.

The book was well-written.  I tend to be wary of Amish fiction because it can easily be too overdone, but this one wasn't.  It was well-paced, and easy to read.  It was also a good-sized book, with plenty of opportunity to develop the characters and plot.  I also found myself not agreeing with how this particular Amish community deals with things, and feeling a little angry, but that was a result of effective writing.  

Readers of Amish fiction and Christian fiction will be pleased to pick up this book.  

I received an ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author RACHEL J. GOOD writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. She grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.

Rachel is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – the bestselling Love & Promises, Sisters & Friends, Unexpected Amish Blessings, Surprised by Love (2021), and two books in Hearts of Amish Country – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books. In addition, she has stories in many anthologies, including Love’s Thankful Heart, Love’s Christmas Blessings, Plain Everyday Heroes, Love’s Truest Hope, and the forthcoming Amish Christmas Twins (September 2020) with Shelley Shepard Gray and Loree Lough. She is also the coauthor of the Prayerful Author Journey: Inspirational Yearly Planner.

More from Rachel

A few years ago, I passed an Amish camel farm in Bird-in-Hand, PA. As an author, seeing anything new or different always piques my interest, so I went for a visit. Not only did I explore the farm and store, I bought camel’s milk to drink. I think it’s important to do in-depth research for the settings and information I include in my Amish novels.

I was fascinated to discover camels usually bond to one milker, only give a little milk each day, and are extremely expensive to buy. All of those are reasons why camel’s milk is so expensive. It costs $15 for a pint. Much pricier than cow’s milk.

And if you’re wondering how camel’s milk tastes, the best way I can think of to describe it is a slightly salty version of powdered milk. It’s more watery than cow’s milk.

Because I grew up drinking powdered milk during my early childhood years when we lived in Africa, I’d always vowed never again to drink it once we moved back to the United States. A vow I’ve kept. That was never a problem living in Pennsylvania, where there’s plenty of farmland, cow, and Amish, of course.

The camel’s milk was enough like powdered milk to make me gag. But because I want to be sure my books are authentic, I drank it. So, readers, now you know how much a I care about you.

My concern for you also extends to more than just getting factual information correct. I pray for each and every one of you as I write my stories. I hope that they will touch your heart and bring you closer to God.

Blog Stops


Through the Lens of Scripture, June 29
The Avid Reader, June 29
Among the Reads, June 30
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 30
Texas Book-aholic, July 1
Blogging With Carol, July 1
Inklings and notions, July 2
Batya’s Bits, July 2
She Lives To Read, July 3
Little Homeschool on the Prairie, July 3
Splashes of Joy, July 4
reviewingbooksplusmore, July 4
For Him and My Family, July 5
Books, Life, and Christ, July 5
For the Love of Literature, July 6
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, July 6
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 7
deb’s Book Review, July 7
Blossoms and Blessings, July 7
Older & Smarter?, July 8
Jeanette’s Thoughts, July 8
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, July 8
Reading Is My SuperPower, July 9
Bigreadersite, July 9
Locks, Hooks and Books, July 10
Maureen’s Musings, July 10
Pause for Tales, July 11
Lighthouse Academy Blog, July 11 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
Artistic Nobody, July 12 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Vicky Sluiter, July 12

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed copy of the book and $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/fcda/his-pretend-amish-bride-celebration-tour-giveaway

3 comments:

  1. I enjoy Amish fiction and this book sounds good. Especially since it features a camel farm, very unique!

    Thank you for your lovely review and participating in the blog tour!

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