THE AMISH MOTHER
Amish widow Lizzie Fisher loves her seven stepchildren as though they were her own. But her brother-in-law's unexpected arrival on the farm has her worried. After all, Zachariah Fisher is the true heir of the property. And he could decide to send her away from her family and her home of two years. Lizzie is determined to show the handsome farmer that her physical challenges don't prevent her from being a hard worker or a loving mother. For she finds herself losing her heart to Zack and hopes he'll see they're meant to be a family forever.
Book 2 in the Love Inspired continuity series, Lancaster Courtships Books are released monthly, written by multiple authors and though they share an overlapping community (Honeysuckle, Pennsylvania) and characters, each book reads as a standalone. How cool is that?
First, kudos to Rebecca Kertz for creating a heroine with a disability in The Amish Mother. It is heartening to read about a heroine who doesn't meet the traditional romance novel standards. I'm of the opinion that diversity in fiction is as important as diversity in our daily lives.
Lizzie has battled a physical challenge all her life and she's determined to prove herself. Especially to the brother-in-law she's just met. Imagine being widowed at nineteen! And left a step-mother to seven children! Lizzie has enough love in her heart and desperate determination to keep the family together especially when Zach arrives in Honeysuckle. He intends to lay claim to his family's farm and his brother's children. Nothing has prepared him for Lizzie though and an unusual love story ensues.
Best line in the book: Little Amish boy explaining the drama of a gash in his hand. "I had an accident. It's better now. Mam took me to the doctor and I got quilted." (pg.109)
And just an interesting side note: Unlike the usual two person point of view found in Love Inspired books, this one has multiple viewpoints and a secondary romance -- all wrapped up in a heartwarming package.
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