Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Bishop's Son

GIVEAWAY

IRVIN, KELLY
THE BISHOP'S SON

Leila Lantz has been in love with Jesse Glick from the day she first saw him at his father’s store, but she can’t make sense of his intentions. One day he wants to come courting, the next he seems to be putting distance between them.

Jesse may be the bishop’s son, but his faith has been wavering of late. If he is so unsure, is it fair to give Leila false hope for a future he doubts he can provide?

Then there’s Will, Jesse’s cousin. He has been trying to keep his feelings for Leila a secret, but he also knows Jesse is wrestling with his faith. Would declaring his feelings for Leila be in her best interest or simply serving his own selfish desires?

Leila knows she can choose Will and be secure in her own future. But when her heart speaks, it’s Jesse’s name she hears. When will God make His will known to her? Could leaving everything she knows—even her own faith—be a part of God’s plan?  

My Review:

A bittersweet love story. My heart was tugged in so many different directions during this read. I felt like I was actually Leila and chafed over some of her decisions and though there's a happy ending, it isn't an all encompassing one. Intrigued? Well, you'll just have to read The Bishop's Son to find out what I mean. This is a hard book to review because there's so much to say about different aspects but I don't want to post any spoilers. It's best to discover things like Jesse's secret and which suitor Leila favours as events unfold. Obviously, both Will and Jesse can't win the fair maedel's hand and that's part of where the bittersweet comes in. But only part.

There's tons to discuss once you've read the book. Deep soul-searching and faith-reaching. It would make a great book club selection for that very reason. And if anyone has read the book (or once you do) I'd love to get a dialogue going. There's some things I just have to get off my chest. LOL

  Oh -- and worth noting -- this is the second book in The Amish of Bee County series and I love the unusual setting -- a struggling Amish community in Texas . They face unique challenges in a drought-stricken land that's difficult to farm which brings an extra edge to everything that happens in the story. It's almost as if Bee County is the catalyst stirring up a tempest that propels the plot along.

The kind of rich read that seeps right into your bones.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Bishop's Son please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 8 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

34 comments:

  1. Please count me in, KAV! I am totally intrigued by your review and I would LOVE to win this one! Thx for the opportunity! But ugh...comment #1 again. Lol

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. But everyone wants to be #1, Diana. LOL Good luck.

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  2. wanted to read this myself. Thanks for sharing.
    amylsmith AT bledsoe (dot) net

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    1. You're welcome, Aimee. Good luck.

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  3. I love her books. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. I really like this series. Good luck, Kim.

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  4. sounds great

    alysap at yahoo dot com

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  5. Never read a book by this author and I love that their is a second in the series too.. Thanks for a awesome review. Would love to read this book. Sarahsmithstormatgmaildotcom

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  6. another book another chance to win. mknewswangerATgmailDOTcom

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    1. So many books!!!!! We're not even making a dent! Good luck, Michele.

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  7. Right now, I'm reading the first book in this series, The Beekeeper's Son. Looking forward to reading The Bishop's Son. Thank you for the review and a chance to win a copy of this book.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. I loved that book too. The Texas setting is so interesting. I really feel for that little Amish community. Good luck, Karen.

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  8. What a great cover that pulls you into the book! I'm sure it's a great book that would be just perfect for reading this fall with a cup of hot apple cider.
    Susan in NC
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Ohhh -- apple cider sounds good to me. Good luck, susanlulu.

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  9. So excited to see this one featured, Kav. I read the first one in the series and can't wait to read this one especially after your review..,,

    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. It's awesome! good luck, Deanne.

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  10. What a great sounding book and a great cover to match! I am going to keep my fingers crossed on this one, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  11. As the daughter of an actual beekeeper I was interested in reading the first book in this series, but haven't gotten my hands on it yet. I would love to read this book by Kelly.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Cool, Patty. Beekeeping is an interesting occupation -- I'd be scared to death though. LOL Good luck.

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  12. I am so happy you enjoyed the book Kav.
    Dont enter me for this one because I am reading it right now.
    I understand what you mean about the issues it brings up
    My only comment was about the cover. I thought Layla is described as somewhat chunky? This girl doesnt appear that way.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. I guess the term chunky means different things to different people. But you know, I've seen this same image (the Amish woman's) on a number of other Amish book covers. It must be a stock photo or something.

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  13. I can't wait to get my hands on this one. Thank you, Kav!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  14. I love books that are hard to put into a review because there's so much layering of the story...so many aspects that make it a well-rounded read! That tells me right there that any reader of "The Bishop's Son" will be blessed by the book! Thanks for the chance, Kav!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. It's such a good story with lots of potential discussion afterwards. Good luck, Trixi.

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  15. Well, Kelly Irvin is my first Amish author whose work I adore (big words coming from me! :)). So I would love to read this.

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Wow -- you used adore and Amish in the same sentence, Janka. The world has just shifted on its axis. LOL Good luck.

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  16. I haven't read the first book of this series but plan to look for it too. Thanks for the nice review.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Both are really, really good, rubynrebea. Good luck.

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  17. I don't read a lot of Amish - but this one has a wonderful storyline. Count me in, please!!

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    1. You're counted, Bonnie. Good luck.

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