Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Amish Groom


GIVEAWAY

CLARK, MINDY STARNS
MEISSNER, SUSAN
THE AMISH GROOM

The time for wondering is over. The time for commitment is now. And yet...

Tyler Anderson is torn between two worlds -- Amish and Englisch. Born to an ex-Amish mother and an Englisch father, he is raised as a military kid until his mom passes away and his dad places him in the care of his Amish grandparents. Now 23, Tyler knows it's time to commit to the Amish church for good. Still, he hesitates, unsure if he'll ever truly belong.

Rachel Hoeck has been patient as she waits for Tyler to make up his mind and become her husband. But, as much as Tyler adores Rachel, he can't be certain this is God's plan for his life. Conflicted, he prays for direction and peace -- only to find himself being pulled to the outside world yet again. During a stay with his father's second family in Southern California, Tyler meets a free-spirited young woman named Lark, putting his future with Rachel even more in question.

As pressure mounts on both sides, will Tyler choose to stay with Lark and remain an Englischer? Or will he find his way back to Rachel and become her Amish groom at last?

My Review:

What an absorbing story! And, honestly, I'm gobsmacked over how quickly I got lost in it because it is told entirely from Tyler's perspective, In first person point of view no less. And you know what? That wouldn't be my first pick for any kind of novel but it totally worked for this one. I was on tenterhooks the whole read, feeling the pressure right along with Tyler as he struggled for answers.

This story explores the perils and rewards of being in relationship.Tyler impressed me from the very beginning. Honest about the issues he is wrestling with, he seeks counsel and then steps out in faith. He feels like he is caught between two worlds. When he's living Amish he feels something tugging him outside of the close knit community. When he's visiting his dad he yearns for the simplicity of the Amish life he was raised in. His journey towards self-discovery completely captivated me. And it's punctuated with wry observations on our fast-paced 21st century lifestyle. Riveting from start to finish.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Amish Groom 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 October 9 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

16 comments:

  1. From your review, I am intrigued by this one, Kav. Thank you!

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  2. A little different, being told in first person.
    dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. Yes - and strictly from the guy's POV. Good luck, CC.

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  3. Love when the 2 of them write books together. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. This is the first book I've read by Susan Meissner -- must look her up to see what her solo books are like. I love this collaboration for sure. Good luck, Kim.

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  4. Read it and loved it! Also, read second book, but need to get #3. Loved your review, Kav.

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    1. I'm going to pick up the second book this week at the library. Woot! They have the whole series.

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  5. I have the first three books in the Women of Lancaster County series and would love to have the first in the Men's series! Thank you for your review, Kav, and good day to you!! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. I think it's going to be an awesome series. Good luck, Kathleen.

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  6. Thank you for the chance to win.

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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

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  7. I don't normally like only first person POV stories but if you endorse it, then it must be good :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. LOL -- well, I thought it was. Good luck, Trixi.

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  8. I love that it's from the man's point of view!
    Dianna

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  9. I have this book on my wish list, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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