Sunday, February 7, 2016

A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller - Review of the first book in the Amish of Birch Creek series

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 the 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.

Oh my, oh my, oh my! ! ! If you don't find your heart bleeding for both Sadie and Aden, you don't have a heart! This story is just one huge tragedy in both of their lives. Kathleen, thank you so much for making me lose some sleep. I had a terrible time trying to put this book down. Let me just say that this is a definite winner in my mind and it comes highly recommended as a MUST read.

I have had this book in my TBR pile for quite some time when I saw that I could request the third book in the series, "An Unbroken Heart" coming out on March 16th, in exchange for an honest review. Boy am I glad I finally read it and I am purchasing the second book, "A Love Made New", which I thought I had but don't, as soon as I get done here.

The site I was looking at had the books in the wrong order and it looks like "An Unbroken Heart" is the second in the series due out in March. The third book is "A Love Made New" and it doesn't come out until September.

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