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Posted February 6, 2014
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Wow I think this is my favorite book in the Clover Ridge Series, of course that’s what I said about each of the others when I read them! Amy Lillard was on my ‘Favorite Author’s’ list when I read the first book in this series, Katie’s Choice.
After her aunt’s death, Rachel needed a place to stay, and Gabriel needed a housekeeper, so taking Gabriel up on his offer to move in with his family should solve both of their problems, right? Well it did until the elders of the Amish church starts hearing the gossip from the Amish grapevine, and Gabriel never thought he would marry a tiny someone like Rachel.
I was so into this story! Both Rachel and Gabriel were living a life of hurts from the past. Rachel losing her family in an accident, and Gabriel dealing with losing his wife while trying to work the farm and raising their six kids. I felt so sorry for Rachel because I would be just like her if I had to cook, clean, and do laundry for six guys! As well as trying to keep up with everything else Amish women were required to do. There were so many things happening, with some of the boys trying to run Rachel away, and Rachel and Gideon and their attraction for each other, which couldn’t happen! It seemed everything was against them. But that is all I am going to tell you, because you need to find out the outcome of this dysfunctional family for yourself. And you will experience a wonderful, exciting, and entertaining time of enjoyable reading! I love, love Amy Lillard, and will keep all three books in this series so I can read it again! I encourage you to run out and grab a copy of this book, or run to the computer and order online! You will sure not be disappointed!
I received this book from CFBA and B&H Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
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Posted May 25, 2014
I just finished the 3rd book in the Clover Ridge series. Each book left me wanting to.know what happens next. That is the only thing i didn't like about the last book in.the series. That it left me wanting to know more anout Gabe &Rachel's future. As well as what happens with the rwst of the Fisher clan. I hope there is a 4th book to answer those questions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2014
For Convenience Sake!
Gabriel Fisher has been widowed for six years, and has his hands full with five sons and a large farm to manage. His daughter recently left home during her rumspringa in order to continue her education, and his sister is planning for her upcoming wedding. With no alternative, his only option was to hire someone to manage his household and monitor the children.
Sadly, Rachel Yoder's aunt passed away leaving her homeless and alone, aside from distant cousins in Ohio. In order to remain in her Amish community in Oklahoma she takes the job as housekeeper for Gabriel in lieu of moving to Ohio to live with relative strangers. Gabriel agreed to allow her to bring her goats to his farm, an option that she was not allowed if she were to move to Ohio. Not considering the repercussions involved in the Amish community, Gabriel agreed for Rachel to live in his daughter's vacant room at the farm. The bishop of their district has other ideas when he discovers that Gabriel has an unmarried housekeeper living in his home.
A quick marriage arrangement takes place out of convenience for both Gabriel and Rachel. Gabriel's children don't take kindly to the idea as they still hold their mother close in their hearts, and the new housekeeper turned wife becomes easily distracted from her chores and has a penchant for burning nearly everything she cooks! Six-year-old Samuel is the exception to the rule. A Down syndrome child with learning disabilities, Samuel loves everything about Rachel, and becomes very attached to her. Rachel loves his sweet and affectionate nature and can't imagine her life without him. So begins a journey of joy and sadness, fun and games, mishaps and adventures, disappointment and desolation.
Returning to Clover Ridge, Oklahoma in the third installment of this series is pure delight, with moments of hilarity and occasions of emotional upheaval and heartbreak. Amy Lillard has written another wonderful Amish novel of love, tenderness, humor and despair, all rolled into a wonderful and emotional read. Amy is very talented in painting a pictorial representation of the locale, the Amish farms and surrounding area. I was impressed by that quality from "Saving Gideon" as well, the first book in this series. The characters throughout this book are very personalized and colorful, with traits that make you love them, and in some cases, dislike them, but in getting to know them personally this is a very enjoyable part of the story. I highly recommend Gabriel's Bride. This is a far different viewpoint from many Amish fiction stories, one that I particularly enjoyed. The books in this series can also be read as stand alone stories, but I recommend the entire series for your reading pleasure!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from B&H Publishing Groups in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Posted March 6, 2014
There’s something about reading a book that you have been anticipating for so long that is extra special. That is how I feel about Gabriel’s Bride. From the moment I “met” Gabriel in the first book of this series, Saving Gideon, I wanted to find out how his story would turn out. I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I will go on to say that it was even better than I could have imagined. I have enjoyed every book in the Clover Ridge series and if you are a fan of Amish fiction, this is a series that you should consider reading.
The premise of the book is that Rachel Yoder and Gabriel Fisher choose to enter into a marriage of convenience. For Rachel, it is an opportunity to stay in the Clover Ridge community. For Gabriel, it means that he will have the housekeeper that he needs. Both, of course, feel that they will be able to honor the agreement, but we, the readers, know that there will be so much more to the story than just that.
All of the characters in this book are so well-written. Even the side characters and the children have distinct personalities and make for a well-rounded story. Rachel is so sweet and the trouble she has running the household makes her dear to my heart. She is kind and loving to all and just trying to make things work in her new role of “wife” while managing her changing feelings. Gabriel is such a solid, good man. He loves his children, he loves his late wife, and he is working hard to honor God with his position in the community. What Gabriel is not good at is expressing his true feelings. Fear of how the other will react greatly influences many decisions made by Gabriel and Rachel and makes for a truly satisfying read.
The author has done a lovely job with the whole series and this book is a wonderful addition. I hope to someday read the stories of some of the other characters from Clover Ridge, such as John Paul or Mary Elizabeth. If ever these stories are written, I know they will be well worth the wait.
I received a complimentary copy of Gabriel’s Bride from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Posted February 22, 2014
Rachel Yoder has two choices: marry Gabriel Fisher or move to Ohio and as an orphan, she doesn't have much to offer. As a widower Gabriel needs help caring for his farm and six children. Will this marriage of convenience work and could it ever become real love?
Gabriel's Bride is the third book in the Clover Ridge Series. It's a fantastic book showing happiness and joy can come from sadness and uncertainty when you open your heart. The storyline stays true to the Amish beliefs and values, but also shows how life can be painful and have many blessings. I love the author's style of writing. Keeps your attention from the beginning to the end. Amy Lillard is a marvelous author and I highly recommend reading Gabriel's Bride. Also, I recommend reading Book #1 "Saving Gideon" and Book #2 "Katie's Choice" of the Clover Ridge Series, if you haven't read these books. You would be missing some fantastic reading.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Posted February 5, 2014
Gabriel’s Bride is the third book in the Clover Ridge series. It can be read as a stand-alone book, but I highly recommend reading Katie’s Choice and Saving Gideon. They are excellent reads also! I have to say Gabriel’s Bride was my favorite! Amy Lillard never disappoints. She has a knack for creating characters that are easy to fall in love with. The sweet romance that she creates along with the humor she interjects makes for a great story that is hard to put down. Unlike other Amish authors, Amy focuses on the love story first. That is what makes her books so wonderful! I have read all of her books, Amish and contemporary, and I highly recommend them all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 5, 2014
About the Book:
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?
About the Author:
Amy Lillard is an award-winning writer who loves reading romance novels from contemporary to Amish. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma.
Rachel Yoder knew her life was not the typical Amish way of life for a young girl of marrying age but she was happy and content nonetheless. She was content that is until the death of her precious Aunt Katherine. Shortly after Aunt Katherine's death Rachel soon learns of the status of her estate and that the bank actually owns her house and the property. So Rachel is faced with a dilemma. She has to come up with a different plan because before long she will no longer have a place to live.
Gabriel Fisher finds himself alone raising 6 children several years after his wife's death. It has been very difficult for him trying to run a household, a farm, and raise his children. So its not long before he gives the advice old Deacon Esh some serious thought and starts to realize that he is indeed spread too thin. Trying to take care of his children and get the planting done has started to take its toll.
Rachel has an offer from a relative to move away and she has an offer from Gabriel, but what does the Lord want her to do that is her only concern, as well it should. Will these two God fearing people be able to come together and give these children a family once again and experience love together as God intended? Or will it turn out to be a big disaster?
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.
Posted February 4, 2014
Once again we are in Clover Ridge, I love these stories because most generally I can picture the are, because I have been through there before, having had friends live in the Pryor area. Gabriel and his children have always pulled at my heart strings through-out this series, so I was happy to read his story. I chuckled and laughed at the stunts the boys pulled, but was grieved and cried as they faced their fears of loosing the memories of their mom. Amy is a great story-teller and this book does not disappoint. A great story that you do NOT want to miss. 5 stars from this reviewer, who looks forward to the next Amy Lillard book!
Many thanks to B&H Publishing for sending this book for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Posted February 4, 2014
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Gabriel’s Bride is the third book in this series. I want to add, if you haven’t read Saving Gideon and Katie’s Choice I strongly suggest you do before reading this one. This could be read alone I suppose but you don’t want to miss out on knowing the characters from the previous books.
Goodness, where shall I begin. Author Amy Lillard made this book come to life for me. I immediately fell in love with Rachel Yoder; perhaps it is because she reminds me of what I have been through and I can sympathize with her.
Gabriel Fisher, he frustrated me through-out most of this book. I must say that Rachel did too at times. They could not see what was right there in front of them. Have you ever talked to characters in a book before? I most certainly was trying to talk some sense into both of them!
One character that captured my heart and held it during this story was Samuel Fisher. Oh the innocence of little children. I know you will agree with me when you find out what I am talking about. No spoilers here!!
Being stubborn, lack of faith, being afraid of unknown circumstances, and being afraid to step out of our comfort zone was evidenced in this book. Being a Christian I loved how my beloved characters learned how to put their faith and trust in God through Bible scriptures and prayer.
Amy Lillard, I loved this whole series but Gabriel’s Bride is my favorite. Thank you and B&H Publishing Group for graciously giving me a copy of this book to read and review. I loved it and I am giving it a 5 star rating!
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Posted February 1, 2014
What a wonderful story, and a refreshing visit with some old friends. I loved being back in the Oklahoma community.
This is the third book in this series, and although you don't have to read the first to to read this one, I would recommend you do.
Come along with people who really live their faith. Rather than go against their beliefs, they form a marriage of convenience. I cannot really imagine myself doing this, but it was at the time the only option available. Or was it? Was this the will of God?
I loved the interaction between Rachael and Samuel, you could see their bond and love grow. The other boys were little devils, messing with the house and her cooking! Then their are the jumping amphibians and grasshoppers, can you imagine the mess in the house. We also the joy that is brought forth by being a family.
Come a long for a sweet visit, once you start you won't want to leave.
I received this book Net Galley, and the Publisher B & H Books, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted March 1, 2014
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