Rachel Yoder has two choices: marry Gabriel Fisher or move to Ohio. As an orphan, Rachel doesn’t have much to offer; any match she can make will be a good one. She just didn’t plan on Gabriel with his big hands and permanent frown.As a widower Gabriel needs help caring for the farm and his six children. But he never thought he’d marry a slip of a girl who barely reaches his chin.Yet as time passes, Gabriel finds himself thinking about a real marriage. They have spoken vows to God and each other, but can he risk his heart with Rachel?
Review: This is the third book in the Clover Ridge series and it did not disappoint becoming my favorite book of the series. This is Gabriel and Rachel’s story and the series just gets better and better. Their interactions are both heartwarming and distant and watching them grow closer against their will but remain distant was heartbreaking and stressful.
I’ve met the Fisher family in the first two books in the series and are reunited with them here and it was wonderful to see how their lives are progressing. Watching the interactions of all the family members was so real whether there were pranks being played, illnesses to deal with, chores to get done, children to raise, services to attend, arguments, misunderstandings, happy or sad events. There was romance and love and I laughed and cried since the story was touching in so many ways and engaged my emotions totally throughout.
The Amish and the Englisch interact in this story as well as they have in the past stories. Since it is an Amish story the church, prayers and meetings play an important role. The goats were a nice addition reminiscent to me of the menagerie in the Fool’s Gold series by Susan Mallery. The glossary at the back of the book was helpful for any Amish words that I didn’t understand and the discussion questions were thought provoking.
I hope the series will continue with John Paul’s story but if not, I am sorry to see the series end since there seems to be so much more story to tell. I look forward to reading many more of Lillard’s books in the future. She has become one of my favorite authors and her books will be added to my always growing TBR pile! Give her books a read. You will be glad you did!
Favorite Quote: Sure enough there were goats. In his experimental patch of hybrid red and gold wheat! The beasts were munching on the tender stalks pulling them up by the roots and chewing them to bits like there was no tomorrow. Even worse, someone had dragged a number 10 washtub into the fenced-in area crushing even more of the wheat sprouts.