A RELUCTANT BRIDE
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 that 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 have her family -- and herself.
An Amish marriage of convenience story is a rare thing -- and oh so compelling when it comes within the pages of a book like A Reluctant Bride. Rife with emotion, this novel deals with difficult subject matters -- abuse, greed, misuse of power. I couldn't help but think about 'the sins of the fathers' as I read about Aden's family life. He appears weak at times, but there is an inner core of strength that comes to light as the story progresses.
And poor Sadie -- reeling with grief and worry only to find herself faced with an impossible choice that will alter her life, and the lives of her sisters, forever. She doesn't trust her new husband and he doesn't blame her. They establish a wary truce that is tested time and time again. And just when the first stirrings of fledgling trust begin to surface, evil secrets stir up even more trouble. A stirring story of faith and forgiveness and the healing power of love.
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