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?
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.
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