The Bishop's Son (Amish of Bee County Series #2)

The Bishop's Son (Amish of Bee County Series #2)

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by Kelly Irvin
     
 

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Two men offer Leila two very different futures. Will she choose with her heart or with her faith?

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

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Two men offer Leila two very different futures. Will she choose with her heart or with her faith?

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?

Editorial Reviews

RT Book Reviews
'Irvin has given her audience a continuation of The Beekeeper's Son with complicated young characters who must define themselves. ' - 4 starred
Library Journal
09/01/2015
Jesse Glick may be the son of a bishop, but he's questioning his faith. Furthermore, he's in love with Leila Lantz. Also vying for her affections is Jesse's cousin. In this second series outing (after The Beekeeper's Son), only God can provide the answers these men seek.
From the Publisher
"[Irvin] makes it clear to the reader how to properly court an Amish woman." —RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310339540
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
09/29/2015
Series:
Amish of Bee County Series , #2
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
112,425
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Irvin is the author of the critically acclaimed Amish of Bee County series. Kelly is also the author of several Amish series including the Bliss Creek Amish series, the New Hope Amish series, and the Amish of Bee County series. She has been married for twenty-seven years, and they have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors. Learn more at kellyirvin.com Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author

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The Bishop's Son 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Dawn-Read_Love More than 1 year ago
Out-of-the-Box Amish Fiction Guaranteed to Spark Discussion The Bishop’s Son isn’t your run-of-the-mill Amish love triangle book. Nor is it your standard dose of Amish fiction. Not only does the author set her story in an unusual place (Who knew there were Amish settlements in Texas?), with her thematic focus, Kelly Irvin takes chances. But it all seems to fit. You see, unlike the beautifully verdant and fertile pastures of Lancaster County, Bee County land is dry and unsuited to farming. This unforgiving landscape is like the untamed Wild West. Why is this a natural backdrop for The Bishop’s Son? Sit a spell and I’ll tell you just a touch (without giving too much away). Kelly Irvin covers some potentially controversial ground while relating Leila Lantz’s story. As the plot progresses, Leila realizes that in order to choose between her two young Glick suitors, Jesse (the bishop’s son) and his cousin Will, she’ll need to ask herself some difficult questions that can only be answered by looking deep within her heart and examining not only her feelings, but her beliefs. If she chooses one, she’ll likely remain in her small Bee County district. Should she choose the other, her future is unknown and much more risky. About all Leila can be certain of is that she may need to leave everything — her community, her family, the only life she’s ever known — behind. Thematically, discussions of theological differences between the Amish faith and Evangelical Christianity take center stage. Irvin succeeds in making each viewpoint understood. In fact, I think this novel may shed more light on rumspringa (the Amish period of experimentation, questioning, and testing one’s faith) and the practice of shunning than any I have previously read. I finished the book with a better understanding of each than I brought with me. Additionally, as I mentioned earlier, Irvin should be applauded for her choice of settings. The wild, untamed South Texas terrain is a strikingly suitable place to find a brave, rebellious young man who is ready to drop everything to go be a “fisher of men”. Whether you’ll agree with all the assertions made and conclusions drawn in The Bishop’s Son, I can’t say. I can, however, tell you that you’ll find between these pages a story that, though it may at first glance feel familiar, turns out to be its own kettle of fish. That, in my opinion, is never a bad thing. Verdict: 4 of 5 Stars. Out-of-the-Box Amish Fiction Guaranteed to Spark Discussion. With The Bishop’s Son, Kelly Irvin ventures into an unforgiving Texas landscape to tackle tough questions about faith. Ultimately, whether you agree with her premise or not, should you come along for the ride, you’ll find it impossible to remain a bystander. There’ll be no sitting on the fence in this theological debate. (Though The Bishop’s Son is the second book in the Amish of Bee County series, you’ll have no difficulty if you haven’t read the first title, The Beekeeper’s Son.)
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 The Bishop's Son by Kelly Irvin, © 2015 Book 2 in the Amish of Bee County series This story is going to give you a lot of food for thought, whether Amish or Englischer, you will not passively read Leila Lantz's story. Would you choose differently for her? Would you wonder if she chose from her heart, from a need to choose a decision, or from knowing God's exact plan for her? So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. ~ Colossians 3:1, 2 (The Message) I got tugged at, even near the end, wondering if Leila was going to change direction after she had professed her intention. A peace that passes all understanding, a surety that we belong to the One who has claimed us as His own. How do we leave home to go home? Leaving childhood behind, entering adulthood, making future plans that encompass more than herself, Leila Lantz has new beginnings. Helping her family, making a way for future links with other young women, Leila is given permission to take a job in town. She is an inspiration to one young father as he asks how to care for his daughter. With wise counsel and even a hand in a new perspective for him, Leila sets his life on a new course. A young couple, torn between honoring their family in finishing high school and caring for their young son, Leila is a true friend and a strong foundation in hope. Cousins Jesse and Will bid for her hand and her heart. Decisions they make wrap around her heart as she finds what is her true course. Kelly Irvin is a strong writer. Both of these first two stories could be read as stand-alones but you will enjoy getting to meet the surrounding families as they meld their lives together. Mordecai King, his sister, Susan, and his son Phineas, are favorites in my view, and I hope to find them interspersed in book 3, The Saddle Maker's Son, releasing in June of 2016. ***Thank you to author Kelly Irvin and to Zondervan/HarperCollins for sending me a copy of The Bishop's Son to review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
JuneMJ More than 1 year ago
This is the second installment in the author's 'The Amish of Bee's County' series. I did not read the first book, 'The Beekeeper's Son', but I didn't feel it hindered my understanding of this story as the author did an excellent job of introducing the characters and community early on in this book. Leila Lantz is the main character of this story, and she is torn between two cousins, Jesse and Will, who are both interested in courting her. This is not her only challenge, however. Leila is not fully ready to commit to being baptized in the Amish faith. She questions many of the community's practices such as silent prayer, not sharing their faith in words with others, etc. Throughout the story Leila meets obstacles and challenges head-on--something I respect in book characters. There are very strong religious themes running throughout this book. At the end of the story when Leila is making some life-changing decisions which will affect her future and the future of her family of origin, she seems to lose her desire to do what she thinks is right. I felt Leila got pushed around a little bit by someone who was negatively affected by her decisions. (I don't want to spoil the story for you, so I am being purposefully vague). I was surprised by her change of attitude after all she had dealt with and overcome during the plot. Kelly Irvin's writing style is warm and engaging. She creates characters with great depth. Truthfully, I had trouble setting the book aside to take care of other tasks I needed to attend to (even though I wish I could read for pleasure all day long!). I will look forward to reading more of Ms. Irvin's books in the future. This book is recommended for fans of Amish and historical fiction, clean fiction, religious fiction, and inspirational romance. NOTE FROM REVIEWER: I was given a paperback copy of this book for free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers review program in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. I was not compensated in any manner for posting my review here or on any other site. #############
Becky_Dempsey98 More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting the book down. I felt for both of the guys and Leila and the struggle that they were going through. I found myself tense as I waded through the decisions that they had to make about their futures. I had a hard time deciding which guy I thought Leila should choose. (She didn't pick the one I did). I felt a part of their world. I got emotionally involved in their lives. "The Bishop's Son" is the second book in "The Amish of Bee County Novels". I did not read the first one, but I wished that I had. I would have given me more of the story of the lives of the people of the community. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order for me to give my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. I was not required to give a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
readerscozycorner More than 1 year ago
This was such an interesting Amish fiction. I have always enjoyed Amish fiction, but this one was very different from anything I have read. I had never read a book where the plot of the story focused on the choices Amish young people must make while choosing to follow (or not follow) their faith. This book is also a story of salvation and God's grace. The Bishop's Son is book two in the Amish of Bee County series. I have not read the first book and had no trouble following this book. It reads just fine as a stand alone. I was very impressed by this book. I have always loved Amish fiction and this one didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed the plot of the story. It was different from any other Amish book I have read and I really liked the change. Leila and Jesse and Will all had different struggles they had to deal with and they each had their own way of dealing with them. I enjoyed how much Kelly used this book to speak of God's grace and the importance of sharing our faith with others. It's not something you would find in your normal Amish fiction but, it was one of the things I enjoyed most about the book. The writing is great and I was never bored while reading. I was interested all the way to the end. This book was such a great read. I can't wait to read the next in the series. I was blessed with this book from the Fiction Guild in exchange for my review. A positive review was not required.
ConR More than 1 year ago
The Bishop's Son is the second in the series of the Amish of Bee County. It centers around Jessie Glick, who is the bishop's son and is in the midst of his rumspringa, and truth be told, everyone thinks he's been on the fence about taking his baptism classes long enough. He's interested in Leila Lantz, and she's interested in him, but there's something he has to resolve before he can declare himself fully to her. This is a stunning story of two people who are struggling to find their way in the world as adults. The author chose to deal with a very difficult subject in a compelling manner. I found the telling of this story believable, achingly beautiful, and heartbreaking. That said, it's not a sad story. It resounds with love, faith and joy. If you like "Amish" stories, and want something a little different that still speaks of the culture, I encourage you to read this book.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
The Bishop’s Son was a fantastic book. It’s the second in the series by Kelly Irvin (The Amish of Bee County) and I loved it as much as I did The Beekeeper’s Son. Ms. Irvin has a way of drawing the reader in and reminding them of the people in the town they love so much while still keeping the new story going. She is truly gifted in the way she tells a story. This one was a little different with a little twist to it (not going to give it away) and I loved how she did that. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us with the next one in the series. I loved Ms. Irvin’s story always in the past, but it seems she has a new depth and more layers than before that are amazing and fun to read. I loved this book and can’t wait for the next one. This is a book that I highly recommend to everyone.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
I felt this story was a little hard to warm up to, probably because I hadn't read the first book in the series (The Beekeeper's Son). But after a second read, I better appreciated the characters and their struggles with decisions that would affect their small Amish community as well as themselves. Jesse asks Leila, "Don't you ever wonder if there's a different way to do things?" His concern isn't with the usual "English" temptations like electricity, but something far more powerful - faith. He feels a strong pull to Biblical worship and evangelism and they both realize the cost will be permanent separation from his family and friends. Against all she's been taught, Leila comes along to a English youth group meeting to see what has captured Jesse's heart, and is surprised to feel jealous of their freedom and joy in prayer. Later when she asks why one of them would continue to share Christ in the face of rejection, he answers, "Because I have the truth." I felt this was the real hinge of the book - from this point, Leila begins to closely examine her own heart, and risks sharing her faith in her relationships. She comes to see how that terrible price Jesse is willing to pay may be worth it after all. The outcome of this book was never in doubt, for all the wavering Leila seemed to do between solid "100% Amish" Will and his cousin Jesse. After all, the title is The Bishop's Son! But the progress Leila makes in choosing her own way spiritually reminded me of my leaving family traditions years ago and choosing the truth above all else - and getting a faith-full husband in the process. I liked her candor and that she weighed the call to really LOVE not only Jesse but "her neighbor as herself" by living an evangelistic life. I was a bit disappointed in the epilogue because it seemed trite compared to the rest of the book. Otherwise, the characters seemed real and Irvin's style made me care about what happened to them. A good read. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to read The Beekeeper's Son....
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
Author Kelly Irvin has written another fantastic book in The Amish of Bee County series called The Bishop's Son. This is the second book in this series, but you can read it as a stand alone book. I was so captivated by this story that I would find myself re-reading certain parts of this book. This storyline brings an insightful and thoughtful message. Two young people who have to make a huge decision that doesn't just make change in their life, family, church and community, but makes major consequences in all of the above. Much prayer is needed and they need to hear an answer from God. What An Amazing Story! I highly recommend reading The Bishop's Son by Author Kelly Irvin. Even though you can read this book as a stand alone, you will miss reading a fabulous book in this series called The Beekeeper's Son which is Book One. I'm excited and looking forward to the next book in this series. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I think I have loved most, if not all, of the books I've read by Kelly Irvin. She tends to delve into the difficult, real problems of life, just from an Amish perspective. I liked Leila's choice (nope, no spoilers here), but think if she'd chosen the other route, it would have been just as satisfying. This book, I think, shows that there's not always one RIGHT choice. We all struggle with choices that both seem right--this school or that one, that car or this one, etc. Sometimes we just have to choose. :) I received this novel from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about the Amish. It is an interesting story of Jesse & Leila.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The Bishop’s Son is book two in the Amish of Bee County series. Book one, The Beekeeper’s Son, was one of my favorite Amish books to read this year and I highly recommend it. However, The Bishop’s Son can stand alone if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading book one yet. I really enjoyed The Bishop’s Son. I thought that the author did a great job at showing the pressure that Jesse, who was the son of the bishop, felt as he was trying to decide where he belonged and what God wanted him to do with his life. The decision to stay Amish or leave for the world of the Englisch is something all Amish youth must decide as they go through rumpringa. Jesse’s dilemma was very tough. Leila was a great character, as well. She has two young men who care for her, and this is only the beginning of the confusion! She is not totally sure about what her heart wants or about which man God has really called her to be with. She is also not so sure about these men and why they both are giving her mixed signals. Will was a good character, too. Sure of his Amish faith, he provides the safe answer for Leila. He is strong and dedicated to everything that Leila has ever been taught is important. I liked all three of these main characters and also thought that this story has a great community of characters to make the book very interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and definitely recommend it to fans of Amish fiction and those who enjoy a fresh spin on their Amish stories.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
review This is not your run of the mill Amish book. I would put it at the top of my list for favorite Amish read. Leila is torn between two men and two faiths, which will she choose. Hard decisions that only her faith and trust in a God can resolve. You find yourself engrossed in her story and her struggles, so much so that you don't want to put it down. I love the characters and the way the story moves and flows like a stream after a rain. This is the second book in this series and I was not able to obtain a copy of book one. It was fine to read as a stand alone, but wish I could have read book one for more info on the background of the characters. I highly recommend this even if you aren't an Amish fiction fan. I was given a copy of this book by The Fiction Guild in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
This was such a wonderful read. 3 young people trying to decide what they want. Jesse like Leila, but he is deciding during his rumspringa if he want to stay Amish or join his English friends and join their church. But with likely Leila and not wanting to take her away from his family because if he doesn't join the Amish community they will not be able to see their families. Jesse cousin Will also likes Leila and tries to make her stay away from him. But Leila go on one courting date with Jesse and finds that she likes him more than Will and goes by chance to one of the church prayers groups on Weds and feel good about it but also wrong. He can't get the same feelings for Will as she does for Jesse and has to make the ultimate choice when Jesse leaves the community. I loved this story. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a wonderful read.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
A great story from Kelly Irvin. While this book is part of a series, it totally can stand alone. Reading book one of the series would acquaint you with the main characters, but it isn't necessary. I really enjoyed the path this book took, it was very unexpected for me. Set in the dry countryside, the Beeville, Amish community struggles to stay afloat. Making a living in the dry Texas countryside is hard, and to help her family Leila Lantz is allowed to work at an English daycare center. Life changes more every-day for her. Torn between two cousins, which one will she choose? A great story, that you will enjoy 4.5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Kelly, a great job writing this must read story! BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB 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 hearat 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? MY REVIEW Another great story in this series and Kelly does a wonderful job of telling it. She keeps you guessing as to which way Leila will go. Kelly also shows the deep decisions one has to struggle with in wanting to leave the Amish, even more so than an Englischer wanting to join the Amish. A very touching story I'm sure you will enjoy. After reading this story, think about everything you read and think about whether you would have made the same decisions as Jesse or Leila. I hope there will be more books to come in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free BookLook Bloggers a book review bloggers program. 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 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
I just finished The Bishop’s Son by Kelly Irvin. It is the second book in The Amish of Bee County series. Leila’s mother, Abigail Lantz and Mordecai King are getting married. They will now be moving to Mordecai’s farm and all living together in Bee County, Texas. Jesse Glick (twenty) is the bishop’s son and is experiencing his rumspringa (for a couple of years now). He is interested in Leila Lantz, but he has a secret he is not ready to share (and would not be fair to her). Will Glick is Jesse’s cousin and is also interested in Leila. Will is young but he knows that he is committing his life to the Amish faith and community. Jesse does ask out Leila and takes her to a movie in town. He also introduces her to two of his friends: Colton and Tiffany (Englischers and Christians). Leila is not sure about going to movies, driving in cars, or public displays of affection (she gets upset when Jesse tries to hold her hand). Will takes Leila on a buggy ride so they can get to know each other. Leila also wants to help her family earn some money. There is a job available in Beeville at Little Angels Day Care. Will Bishop Leroy Glick let her work in town (she has to get his permission) and can Leila stay away from outside influences? Which man will win Leila’s heart? What is Jesse hiding and how it will affect Leila (and the community)? The Bishop’s Son is a novel of choices (religious and life). Is there a right way or wrong way to worship? I did not enjoy The Bishop’s Son as much as Kelly Irvin’s other novels. It is slow paced and preachy. We do get to catch up with the characters we liked from the first novel in Bee County, Texas and witness the wedding of Abigail and Mordecai. Kelly Irvin is a good writer, but this book was just not my cup of tea (this book left me upset and frustrated). I give The Bishop’s Son 3.5 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of The Bishop’s Son from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes decisions are almost impossible to make. In The Bishop's Son, Leila Lantz definitely finds this to be true. She has loved Jesse Glick practically since laying eyes on him, but Jesse has been sending her mixed messages. Sometimes he seems to return her feelings, and other times he pulls away leaving Leila frustrated and confused. What is the secret Jesse is hiding that draws him away from her? Will, Jesse's cousin and friend, sees Jesse's hesitation to court Leila as an opportunity for himself. Will is hard-working, kind, and strong in his Amish faith. Leila is attracted to Will, but her heart still beats for Jesse. Leila is faced with a decision that could change her whole way of life. If she follows her head and chooses Will, life will go on as she always planned. She will be an Amish wife and mother and live among her family and friends. If she follows her heart and chooses Jesse, she will most likely lose her family and life as she knows it. Somehow she must determine God's will and have the courage to follow where He leads. The Bishop's Son, Kelly Irvin's second novel in The Amish of Bee County series, is a a book you don't want to miss. Your heart will be torn with Leila's as she struggles to make the right decision. Kelly Irvin has a way of capturing your interest on page one and keeping you anxiously turning pages until the very end. It is not necessary to read the first book in the series (though you will probably want to!). The characters in the second novel have their own stories to tell. Kelly's books are never a disappointment. I have nothing but praise for another fine, five-star novel. I'm already looking forward to Book Three. Susan Simpson, author
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Mesmerizing! The Bishop’s Son, By: Kelly Irvin The Bishop’s Son is book two in The Amish of Bee County series by Kelly Irvin. Oh my gosh this is such a mesmerizing story! It had me hooked right from the very beginning! It is a story about a struggle of faith and decisions that would impact not only their lives but those that they love. A story of the struggles of what the heart wants and what the mind says to do. This story shows not only compassion, but acceptance, forgiveness, faith, and hope. This is a MUST READ!! Buy it for someone else, it makes a great gift. Thank you Kelly for writing such a wonderful story. I am so looking forward to reading the next book in this series. 5 stars!