Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Reluctant Bride

GIVEAWAY

FULLER, KATHLEEN
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.

My Review:

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.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  A Reluctant Bride 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 June 5  2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

43 comments:

  1. Your review was so good, Kav. It makes me really want to read this book. Thank you for sharing!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's such a captivating story! Good luck, Melanie.

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  2. This sounds like a book both I and my mother would enjoy. Great review, Kav. Thanks for the chance to win!

    mitziUNDERSCOREwanhamATyahooDOTcom

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  3. Sounds great!
    karenskrayonsATgmailDOTcom

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  4. Sadie and Aden sure sound like a couple with many issues to deal with. This is a book I would love to read as Amish fiction is my favorite! Thanks for the great review Kav.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. You'll love it, Maryann. Good luck.

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  5. I love how this author writes!
    Thanks so much for doing this giveaway!
    rosebudsinjune at gmail dot com

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    1. Me too -- she develops all her characters so well. Good luck, Deborah.

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  6. Great review! Thanks Kav!
    justcommonlyATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Thanks, Just Commonly. Good luck.

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  7. I absolutely loved this book! I agree with you- it is stirring. I only have an e-book of it and I'd love a print copy for my personal library :)

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. It wasn't what I expected at all. And definitely -- you need a copy for your keeper shelf. Good luck, Heidi.

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  8. I would love to be entered in this giveaway! Sounds like a good story. Thanks!

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. You're entered, Charity. Good luck!

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  9. I really enjoy Kathleen's books and would love to win this one. Thanks for the chance to add it to my library Kav.
    dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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

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  10. Great review! I really enjoy reading Amish fiction and this sounds like an amazing story. Definitely adding to my TBR list.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Dianne, and yes, this is definitely worth putting on your TBR list. Good luck.

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  11. I agree! Not many Amish marriage-of-convenience stories are around. I'd love to read this!
    J.C. -Indiana-

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  12. You find so many great books to review. I don't think I have ever seen one on blog that I wouldn't love to read. My love of Amish books makes this one to be put on a list to read for sure!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Seems we have the same tastes in books -- and love of Amish fiction. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  13. Please enter me into this drawing. I love to read Amish fiction! This one sounds like it would have a few interesting twist to the story. Thanks for this giveaway! d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Definitely some interesting plot twists. Good luck, Donna.

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  14. Your review convinced me i need to add this one to my TBR list. I had never read Amish books until just recently. This one sounds like a really good read. Thanks for the review.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Oh, wow, a new Amish genre reader. So many great books to choose from and this is definitely one of them. Good luck, Pam.

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  15. I really enjoy reading books by Kathleen Fuller and this one sounds really interesting. I found her second book in the series at a used book store but haven't found this one yet. Thank you for the review and the giveaway.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. I read the second one first and then just had to backtrack. Good luck, Karen.

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  16. Love this author's books. I have enjoyed the books I've read of hers. Hope to read this soon.

    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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  17. I've been waiting for this one from my library. I dislike reading out of order and I wanted to get it read so I can read An Unbroken Heart! tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Also, I love that the heroine's name is Sadie. That's the name of my daughter. You rarely hear that name outside of Amish books. Unless you count the number of puppies given the name Sadie. Which my daughter tires of. haha

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    2. Oh -- I love the name Sadie...and dare I say, that having no daughters to name now it's on the top of my list for a puppy! LOL. Good luck, Terrill.

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    3. Bwa ha ha!! Much to my daughter's chagrin. We always crack up when a random person says to us, "Oh, our dog's name is Sadie." Like it's a compliment. haha

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    4. In my world it is a compliment. Snort. I'm a bit dog mad.

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  18. I hope I'm not too late. I have two infections going on in my body. Ugh! This sounds amazing and I enjoy Kathleen Fuller's books! Thanks for the wonderful review, Kav!
    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Plenty of time left, Diana. Sorry you are sick. :-( Good luck!

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  19. I've read a book by this author, so I'm interested in this book. Amish fiction is my favorite genre.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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