A MOTHER FOR HIS CHILDREN
From Amish nanny to bride
After her sweetheart's betrayal, Ruthy Mummert leaves behind the small-town gossip of her Amish community for the first opportunity she can find: a housekeeper position in faraway LaGrange County, Indiana. Ruthy didn't realize the job meant caring for ten children—and for their handsome widowed father.
To Levi Zook's mind, Ruthy is too young and too pretty to be anyone's housekeeper. A marriage of convenience will protect her reputation and give his children the security they dearly need. But it could also give them the courage to grasp a new chance at happiness—if Ruthy is willing to risk her wounded heart once more.
This book tickled me so much I'm still grinning. I kept thinking of the song I Have Confidence from Sound of Music. The line -- "A captain with seven children, what's so fearsome about that?" -- readily transformed into "A farmer with ten children, what's so fearsome about that?" in my mind and I found myself humming as I read. The way Ruthy finds out about the children is hysterical. Totally priceless. Loved, loved, loved everything about the beginning of this book. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and then I was hooked and had to read it in one sitting. Nothing like wiling away a summer day with an excellent book, right?
Drexler is a great new voice in Amish fiction. Fans of her debut novel, The Prodigal Son Returns will welcome catching up with Bram and Ellie but A Mother For His Children reads easily as a standalone story so no worries if you're not familiar with characters from the first book.
The subtle romance between Levi and Ruthy heats up by slow degrees to a first-rate conclusion -- toe curls and all! And a packed plot has enough twists to keep a reader paying attention -- including a few gasp out loud surprises. Love finding the unexpected in a novel! An all round excellent read that belongs on everyone's summer reading list.
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