More Than a Marriage

More Than a Marriage

by Amy Lillard

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ISBN-13: 9781420139815
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: A Quilting Circle Novella , #3
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 76,988
File size: 703 KB

About the Author

Amy Lillard is an award-winning author of over forty novels and novellas ranging from Amish romance and mysteries to contemporary and historical romance. Since receiving a Carol Award for her debut novel, Saving Gideon (2012), she has become known for writing sweet stories filled with family values, honest characters, a hometown feel and close-knit communities. She is a member of RWA, ACFW, NINC, and the Author’s Guild. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Please visit her online at www.AmyWritesRomance.com.

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More Than A Marriage


By Amy Lillard

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2017 Amy Lillard
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4201-3981-5


CHAPTER 1

"Tomorrow would be a perfect day to go visit my parents in Clarita, jah?"

"What?" Jacob Smiley, Tess's husband of almost three years, looked up from the screen of his smartphone. His expression said it all. He'd been too engrossed in what he had been reading on the tiny screen to pay her very much mind.

Tess tried not to frown and injected as much patience and understanding into her voice as she could muster. "I said I want to go see my parents tomorrow." The next day was Sunday, but for their district, there was no church. Instead families spent time with each other, visiting in fellowship with one another and enjoying the company around them.

Tess wanted to go see her family. It had been far too long since she had spent any time with her parents and her sister. Clarita might only be three hours away by car, but when the primary mode of transportation was a tractor or a horse and buggy, three hours might as well be ten.

It was the one thing she hated most about moving to Wells Landing, but by far it wasn't the only thing. She cast a quick glance at the cell phone her husband held. She hated the small electronic device almost as much as Jacob seemed to enjoy it.

"I don't know. We'll have to get a driver and ..." Jacob's voice trailed off as he glanced back at the phone.

Tess bit back a frustrated sigh. "I've already called Bruce Brown," she said, referring to one of the favored drivers in Wells Landing. A retired Air Force medic, Bruce was always in great demand, but she'd hoped that he might have time tomorrow to take them to Clarita. "He's not available, but he said his cousin can take us."

"His cousin?" That got Jacob's attention. "I don't know him."

"Bruce said he was hoping to get into the driving business, and you have to admit that if he's kin to Bruce, chances are he's a great guy."

Jacob shook his head. "That's not necessarily true."

"You could call and talk to him."

"It's eight o'clock at night. On a Saturday night. It's too late to call him."

"It's hardly that late."

"It's late enough."

"But, Jacob —"

"If you had wanted to go to your parents' house, you should have told me sooner so I could make arrangements."

"I did." Her voice rose until she was almost yelling at him. "I did," she repeated, quietly this time.

"You did?" Jacob frowned. "I don't remember that."

Of course he didn't. He couldn't remember anything these days. Not unless it had something to do with that blessed phone. To make matters worse, he even had a Facebook account! He said he needed it and the phone for his job at A-1 Roofing, but Tess couldn't see the necessity at all. He could use the phone; she would give him that much. But a Facebook account?

"Besides, it's Sunday and we wouldn't be able to pay him."

They could have paid him in advance if he had planned better. If he had been listening to her. But he had been messing with his phone.

And the worst part of all was the time it took away from the two of them. Everything that happened on that tiny little device seemed so much more important than what was really going on in their lives. And this was no exception. It was Saturday night and they were at home, which wasn't a problem at all. But she was looking through a book on better ways to make goat cheese while he was playing with his phone doing heaven knew what on his Facebook account. She didn't have one of her own, nor did she have a cell phone. How could she monitor what he was doing? Did she even want to?

She placed her marker inside the book she was reading and set it to one side. "Play a game with me." They used to play games all the time, card games, guessing games, even silly things like truth or dare. Just the two of them. But that had been before. Before they moved to Wells Landing. Before he took a job with the English roofing company. Before the cell phone and the Facebook account.

"What?" Jacob looked up, his expression blank.

Tess jumped to her feet. "Were you even listening to me?"

"Of course I was." Jacob frowned. "I just didn't hear what you said."

Tess shook her head. "Isn't that what listening is?"

"Are you going to tell me or not?"

"Play a game with me," Tess asked again, but this time the words sounded more like a demand than a request for his time and attention.

Jacob stood and stretched, slipping his phone to the side pocket of his pants. "I don't know. It's getting kind of late."

"It's barely eight o'clock." This was the biggest problem of all. And he couldn't even see it.

"I get up early, Tess. You know that."

"You don't have to get up early tomorrow. Just for an hour. Play a hand or two of Uno with me."

He gave her a look that was both condescending and chastising. "Uno is not any fun with two people."

But she remembered a time when they had fun playing Uno, just the two of them. It had been less about the game and more about spending time together, bonding, enjoying each other's company without another soul around. It'd only been a few years since that time. Where had it disappeared to?

"We can play something else, then." Tess hated the desperate sound in her voice. But she felt as if things were slipping out of her grasp. She and Jacob had been so close once, and now it seemed as if they were miles apart even when they were in the same room.

"Maybe tomorrow." Jacob eased his hand into his pocket as if assuring himself that his cell phone was still there. Tess wanted nothing more than to grab the vile thing and smash it against the wall. That would not be very becoming. And it didn't actually belong to Jacob. It belonged to the company he worked for. One day he would have to give it back. Just another reason why she hoped and prayed every day that they would finally save enough money to buy the farm of their dreams and move. They wanted to be out of town a bit. They wanted to live off the land like God intended.

"I think I'll go to bed."

Tess didn't know how to respond. She wanted to call him back, try to work through it, figure out some way they could spend some more time together. He said he wanted to go to bed but she was antsy, agitated. "I think I'll go check on the goats."

Jacob stopped with one hand on the stair rail. "That's another thing."

"Jah?"

"Mr. Bennett came by today. He brought back your little brown goat."

"Millie?"

Jacob shrugged. "I don't know her name. Just the little brown one."

"What do you mean he brought her back?"

"Evidently she got out and he found her in his garden eating all his squash plants."

"Oh, no." Millie was the wiliest of all her goats. She was the smallest and could somehow manage to wriggle through the tiniest spots in the fence. "But I have her tied up as well." She hated to loop the rope around the sweet little goat's neck. But this was not the first time she had gotten out. And unfortunately not the first time she had eaten Mr. Bennett's garden fare.

"Apparently she ate through the rope, managed to get out of the pen, then headed over to his house."

"Did she eat very much?"

Jacob frowned. "Enough that I owe him some squash."

"I'm sorry."

Jacob sighed. "Sorry isn't going to work this time, Tess. The man was ranting about how much squash he is losing over the summer. And this not the first time she's eaten his plants. Those goats are more trouble than they're worth."

"That's not right. They're very useful."

Jacob held up one finger as if to warn her that his next words held great meaning. "I don't like having the neighbors angry because your goats got out. If they get out again, we just may have to get rid of them."

"You can't do that."

Jacob gave a quick nod. "Oh, jah. I can." He turned and headed back up the stairs.

Tess watched him disappear, wanting to ask him why he picked now to tell her. But she knew. He had been too involved with his cell phone to remember it until now. And as far as she was concerned, that was a much bigger problem than her goats eating Mr. Bennett's squash.


* * *

"Tess, why aren't you ready to go?"

She looked up from the catalog she had been reading. She had wanted to check and see if perhaps she could find Mr. Bennett some late-blooming squash plants in the seed catalog, but so far she hadn't found any she thought would suffice. "Go where?"

"To my parents' house." His tone clearly stated that she should have remembered this. But Tess had no idea what he was talking about.

"I didn't know we were going to your parents' house today."

Jacob shook his head as if she were more than he could handle sometimes. "You did. I told you yesterday that we were going to my parents' house."

"You did not. You told me we weren't going to my parents' house." His parents had never been mentioned at all.

"I'm sure I told you."

"I'm sure you didn't."

"Don't be difficult, Tess. And go change your apron."

Something in his tone didn't set well with her. Or maybe it was the fact that after he delivered his command, he reached into his pocket and pulled out that infernal cell phone and glanced at the tiny little screen. He smiled a little to himself, hit something on the screen, and re-pocketed it.

"I don't think you're supposed to use that on Sunday."

Jacob shrugged as if it was no big deal. "It was a text from work."

He said that, but she found herself doubting his words. She didn't know who was contacting him through that tiny little phone, and it wasn't like a phone shanty or a phone in the barn attached to an answering machine that recorded everybody's call. She felt strangely left out of a part of Jacob's life that she had never considered before. When a couple worked at home and farmed the land, they were always near to one another. But Jacob left for work every day. He drove the tractor into town, parked it in the empty lot across from the post office, and waited for his English boss to come by in his truck and get him. Tess knew that several Amish men worked for the same company, but she didn't know if they all had cell phones. And she didn't know if they got text messages all the time, even on Sunday. She wondered if any of their wives hated the fact that their husbands had Facebook pages. Didn't that depend on knowing a bunch of other people on Facebook? Who would he know on Facebook? Maybe just the men he worked with. But didn't he get enough of them during the week? The whole thing was completely confusing to her. She didn't know how it worked and had never wanted to know how it worked. Until now, when it was directly affecting her relationship with her husband.

"I don't know why I have to change my apron." It was the closest to rebellion she had ever come.

Jacob seemed to hold his breath as he stared at her. "What's gotten into you, Tess?"

"Nothing. What's gotten into you, Jacob?"

He studied her intently. And suddenly she felt as if she was having an argument with a stranger. Oh, he looked the same as Jacob Smiley always did, thick chestnut hair and full beard, also rusty in color. He had the same beautiful eyes and strong build. He looked exactly like the man she had married. But somehow he felt like a stranger.

She stared back at him, but there were no answers in his expression, only a stiff jaw as he waited for her to comply. She wanted to tell him no, tell him that she wasn't going to his parents' house if they couldn't go to her parents' house. She missed them terribly. And it seemed as if Jacob found plenty of time to go visit his family while she never saw hers anymore. She couldn't say that it had been the easiest thing to move from Clarita over to Wells Landing, but she had been hopeful for new opportunities. Jacob had followed his father and stepmother to this larger community hoping that they both would find new and better, maybe even exciting opportunities there. But so far all she had found was mild heartache and a stranger in her house.

"I guess you can stay here if you want."

Tess was spurred into action, though as she made her way upstairs to change her apron and make sure she looked presentable for a Sunday afternoon visit, she had to wonder which was worse, visiting with his mamm and dat or being at home by herself.


* * *

Jacob stole a quick glance at his wife as they ambled along. Sundays were all about taking it a bit slower, so while most of the good citizens of Wells Landing drove tractors during the week, come Sunday everybody got out their horse and buggy and traveled at a slower pace. Part of him enjoyed the slower step of the horses and another part of him wished they could speed along in the tractor, maybe even a car. It would sure get them there a lot quicker. He knew that most believed it was the journey that was the most important thing, but sometimes he disagreed and thought that the most important thing was the visit. Getting there quicker would mean more time to visit.

Of course now would be a good time to try and talk with his wife, see what was bugging her. She hadn't been the same lately, and he didn't know what was going on. He hadn't changed. But he conceded that Tess had. She walked around with an expectant air, as if any minute something big was about to happen and she didn't want to miss it. But there wasn't anything big. The next big thing for them, unless the Lord saw fit to bless them with a child sooner rather than later, was for them to buy a piece of land, a farm, and work the land. He had hoped they would already have that checked off and be working toward the next on their goal list, but it seemed that wasn't in God's plan for them. And with all the hours he'd been taking on at the roofing company, it had become harder and harder to look for those plots of land and other opportunities for farming. Why, just last week he had heard of a farm that was quite possibly well within their budget, but he had only heard about the land after it had been sold. Why hadn't he heard about it before? He could only assume that God had other plans for them, but he was starting to get a little impatient. He was ready to go back to working the land, farming, growing crops, getting back to a simpler life. At least a simpler one than what he had now.

When they had moved to Wells Landing, there hadn't been a great many opportunities available. And he had jumped on the chance to build roofs. It was good money in Oklahoma with all the winds and storms. Hail damaged any roof it came in contact with. So he couldn't say the money wasn't good. But the hours were terrible and the work was very hard. Not as satisfying as farming, for certain. The harsh summer temperatures drained him both physically and mentally. He wasn't the boss by any means, but he was a supervisor on the job site, overseeing four to six men as they worked diligently to tear off the old roof and put another one on as quickly as possible. The worst part of all was that the more roofs they put on, the more money they would make, so the more roofs the company wanted them to put on. He felt as if he worked night and day, well before sunup to well past sundown. It was a never-ending work cycle: get up, roof, move to the next job site, roof another house, come home until he was dead tired on his feet from everything that he had done in a day. When that happened, all he wanted to do was sit down and escape. He knew that wasn't the Amish way, but it was how he felt all the same. His job was hard, physically and mentally, and it never seemed to end. He supposed that was a good thing. He wasn't afraid of hard work, but he felt like he was working so hard for someone else. Someone who might or might not appreciate all the effort he put in.

So his escape came in the form of his cell phone. He knew that it irritated Tess a bit, but she didn't understand. She had the dream life, raising her goats and staying at home, cooking and cleaning and all the other things that Amish women had been raised to do. The problem was he hadn't been raised to build roofs. He'd been raised to be a good Amish man, a father and provider. Well, he had provided, but now the stress of working outside his home was sometimes more than he could bear. Was it too much to ask to be allowed to enjoy the time that was his? He didn't think so, but he had a feeling his wife did.

CHAPTER 2

"Are you going to tell me what's wrong?"

Tess turned toward Jacob. "Nothing's wrong." But it was a lie. Yet to say the words out loud sounded petty and childish. So the lie would have to do, until she figured out what to do with her sadness. It had found its way into her thoughts and hung around like a dark cloud overshadowing her every thought. Why couldn't she and Jacob go see her family? Why did this marriage seem unfair?

"It doesn't seem that way to me."

And if she told him, would it change anything? Probably not. It was simply something she had to learn to live with. This was her life now. And whether she was unhappy with it or not, it seemed to be what God had planned for her.

But does God really want me unhappy?


(Continues...)

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More Than a Marriage 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Chicki More than 1 year ago
More Than a Marriage This story is about Tess and Jacob. So in love, they married and have started a new life away - from her family but near Jacob’s. They are renting a farm until they have enough money for a farm of their own. Then, Tess thinks her marriage is starting to fail. Jacob works long hour for an English company and when he gets home at night, he plays on his cell phone, games or Facebook. Tess feels neglected but never says anything, just goes about her daily chores and taking care of her little goats, she loves her little goats. Jacob doesn’t know Tess feels this way. This is breaking her heart. Tess see her friends with their loving home and family and she wants that. That adds to her feelings of neglect, and that perhaps Jacob doesn’t love her anymore. Then, thinking Jacob will make her get rid of her little goats, she leaves. Tess’s heart is broken. She wonders what will happen now and she prays for guidance. So many questions going through her mind. Will they be able to work things out? Does she want to work things out? Does Jacob still love her? Amy is a great writer, you will feel every emotion that Tess and Jacob feel. You will not want to stop reading. I highly recommend this book.
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
Jacob and Tess have only been married three years. They’re still newlyweds right? It doesn’t seem that way to Tess. They moved from Clarita where her parents live to Wells Landing where his parents live. Not being able to afford a farm, Jacob got a job as a roofer until he can save up enough money. He therefore is allowed a cellphone for work. Tess is lonely for her parents and she’s lonely for her husband. If only he could pay as much attention to her as he does his cellphone. Other women’s husbands don’t ignore their wives like Jacob does. She finds solace in her goats but the pesky critters keep getting out and eating the neighbor’s crops. Jacob has threatened to get rid of them. Tess is terribly unhappy and finally decides she’s had enough. She’s going home to Clarita. She packs her bag and goes to spend the night at her friend Clara Rose’s house until she can call a driver the next morning. Clara Rose and Obie have a wonderful marriage. Why doesn’t Jacob look at her like that anymore? Read Tess and Jacob’s story. Tess is having a huge pity party. She’s feeling quite sorry for herself. It isn’t until she stays with Clara Rose and Obie for a while…Clara Rose keeps coming up with reasons Tess needs to stay another day….that she starts to see how selfish she’s been. Does Tess ever leave Jacob and Wells Landing? Does Jacob ever put the cellphone down long enough to pay attention to his wife? Do they work out their differences and save their marriage? I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Dawncatlady More than 1 year ago
Good book about the struggle of keeping a marriage together and finding true love in each other while keeping the reader invested in the characters. Ebook from Netgalley and publishers with thanks. Opinions entirely my own.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastically enchanting. This has a kaleidoscope of emotions and is enlightening to show that marriage isn't perfect and that you shouldn't expect it to be - it is work - hard work and if you love the person you are married to you will fight hard to keep the marriage together. GOD is love and if you keep HIM the center of your lives you cannot lose. If you have a good bunch of friends like Tess and Jacob did then you should have great advice to listen to - if you are smart enough to listen to them. Tess and Jacob are married and they are struggling because Tess feels neglected and Jacob feels misunderstood and neither are talking it out with the other, so what is going to happen? will they work things out? How does GOD fix this? how do the friends intervene? I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
More Than A Marriage by Amy Lillard is A Quilting Circle Novella. Tess Smiley has been married to her husband, Jacob for three years. This last year they moved from Clarita to Wells Landing, Oklahoma where the land is not as expensive. Tess is now three hours away from her family, and she does not get to visit them as often as she would like. Jacob has taken a job with A-1 Roofing and works long hours. When Jacob is not working, he is on his work phone. Tess looks forward to Jacob coming home, but, he spends all his spare time playing with his phone. He even has a Facebook account. Tess has yet to become pregnant, but she has her goats. They are her babies. Tess sells their raw goat milk and also makes it into lotions, soap, and cheese. She puts the money aside to help them purchase the farm of their dreams. Jacob sees things differently from Tess. He thoroughly dislikes her goats. He is sick of them escaping from their pen (they would quit if he built them a proper enclosure). After escaping again, Jacob tells Tess that he is selling the goats. Jacobs (this is a big mistake) states he is the head of the household and it is his decision. Frustrated and unhappy, Tess packs her belongings and leaves. She only intends to spend one night with nearby neighbors, and then head home to her parents. The kindly neighbors try to bring Jacob and Tess back together. Is there a chance for Jacob and Tess’s marriage? More Than A Marriage is a well-written novella with a good life lesson for all couples. Before computers, cell phones, tablets, and computer games, families used to talk and spend time together. Communication is important to all relationships, but especially with couples. It was interesting to see both sides of the argument. I liked how the author showed us how Jacob and Tess felt. I give More Than A Marriage 4 out of 5 stars. I thought the novella was just the right length for the storyline. The book is easy to read with a good flow. I appreciated the characters and it was nice to get an update on the characters from the previous novels. The ending is expected, but it is heartwarming. More Than A Marriage can be read as a stand-alone story. I look forward to returning to Wells Landing soon courtesy of Amy Lillard.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
This is a more modern Amish story and I liked it! This young couple has found that a job outside of the Amish community and the cell phone that the husband needs to check in with his boss causes a rift in their marriage.. I enjoyed the true to life situations in this Amish romance. I requested and received a copy through NetGalley.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
This is novella 3 of a 3 part series by Amy Lillard. All of Amy's Amish books are great and this novella is no exception. The story is about Tess and Jacob Smiley, newlyweds in Wells Landing, Oklahoma. Tess is finding that Jacob is no longer the husband he once was and is not giving her the attention and time that she needs. And to make matters worse, the English company he works for provides him with a cell phone that seems more interesting to him than does Tess. As she watches her married couple friends, she longs for the attention those husbands share with their wives. She decides to take a stand and hopes that this will make him think about what he is really missing. I really enjoyed this novella and the fact that Tess didn't just let her marriage slide. Rather she made several suggestions to her husband, which went unheeded. So she must take stronger measures, which she does. Will these measures bring them together or pull them apart? I highly recommend this book. It is hard to put it down once you have started reading it. I was given an ebook version for my honest review from NetGalley which I have done.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful novella. I had to finish right away. I loved Tess and Jacob. This shows that no matter who you are you need to communicate. Always have to keep this in mind. I cried many times throughout this book. I received an ebook copy of this from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
More Than a Marriage is a Quilting Circle novella by Amy Lillard. It's the third novella in the series but can be read as a stand-alone if you wish. Personally, I like to read the entire series. The Amish marry for life. Tess and Jacob Smiley knew that going in. What they didn't count on however was being this unhappy. Jacob wanted to move with his family to Wells Landing for the opportunity to buy a farm and provide for Tess and any future children. Tess didn't want to leave her family but she believed in Jacob and his dream. Wells Landing isn't all it's cracked up to be and Tess is unbearably unhappy. For starters, Jacob had to take a roofing job with an English company. That wouldn't be so bad except the job came with a cell phone.A cell phone that Jacob keeps his head buried in. He never listens to her anymore and she can't remember the last time they sat and played a game together. She's proud of the fact he works so hard she just wishes he had more time for her. Jacob is bone tired. He works so hard doing a job he hates to support Tess and the life they want to have. Even if it means putting in extra hours. They need all the money they can get to save up and buy a farm. All he wants to do when he gets home is put his feet up and relax. He pulls out his phone because Tess usually has her face buried in a seed catalog or reading up on how to make goat cheese. He hates those goats! They remind him of his failure to provide as a husband and are just more work on Tess. It's been said comparison kills joy. Tess is so busy looking at her friends and what she assumes is their perfect life and marriage and comparing it to hers. She longs for what she thought marriage could be that she doesn't see what she has right in front of her. Jacob isn't without fault though, he's selfish and rude, I'm not sure he means to come off that way, but he does. He doesn't share his thoughts and feelings with Tess and when she doesn't get what he says he gets angry. Take the goats for instance, Tess loves those goats. She sees them as the children that the Lord hasn't blessed her and Jacob with yet, she also sees them as a way to help her husband save and provide for their family. They're her contribution to the life they're trying to build. Jacob sees them as a nuisance and a sure sign of his failure. Instead of talking to Tess about how he feels, he up and decrees that the goats have to go and he's going to sell them no matter what Tess says. More Than a Marriage is a wonderful book. You will love and relate to Jacob and Tess. It's so easy sometimes to get caught up in the day to day struggles that you forget what a wonderful life and spouse you have right in front of you. I love how they never gave up on each other, even when they were struggling to communicate. It was sweet seeing Jacob trying to court Tess and understand exactly what went wrong. I truly believe you will love this book and read it again and again. * I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed above are my own.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
More Than A Marriage by Amy Lillard is a Quilting Circle Novella. Welcome back to Wells Fargo, Oklahoma. I so love these characters and this town. Amy sure knows how to bring her stories and her characters to life. A story that touches the heartstrings. Will their love survive? I know. Be sure to order your copy of More Than A Marriage by Amy Lillard today. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 5 stars!
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
Communication is the key to any relationship and especially so in a marriage. The Amish are not immune to this problem. Book Three of the Quilting Circle novella series takes the reader back to Wells Landing, Oklahoma and finds Amish newlyweds Tess and Jacob Smiley at an impasse. Tess feels neglected by Jacob. Jacob doesn’t understand why after a long, hard day at work he can’t just relax, check messages and play games on his smartphone he uses for work. When Jacob threatens to get rid of Tess’s precious goats she decides she’s had enough and makes plans to go back to her family in Clarita, Oklahoma. Will the friends she’s made in Wells Landing convince Tess her place is with her husband at home, or will she finally leave Jacob, her goats and new friends and return to Clarita? Will Jacob realize he has been selfish and change his attitude? Author Amy Lillard writes endearing stories with relatable characters. It’s like going home to Wells Landing and getting an update on ‘friends’ you’ve met from other books in the series. A quick-read that I enjoyed and recommend with five stars! I was provided a complimentary copy from Net Galley.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Tess and Jacob both have their own ideas of how marriage should be. Tess believes she is doing things the right way and helping with the family income. Jacob has a cell phone and spends way too much time looking at his phone, according to Tess. This is a sweet story of how communication plays a vital role in any relationship. The ups and downs of marriage are portrayed through the thoughts and actions of the characters. Will Tess leave Jacob? Will he put aside that phone and share more time with Tess, like in the past? Read and discover how true love can conquer many obstacles. I received a copy of this story from the author and NetGalley. This is my honest personal opinion of the story.
CSLynch More than 1 year ago
Once again Amy Lillard has convinced me that I must visit this special place known as Wells Landing, when the series started I was planning a vacation to this new Amish destination, only to find out I must travel through the pages of this wonderful series. I am blessed to have the honor of reading this book prior to it's release. In this return to Wells Landing we walk with Tess and Jacob Smiley who have been married for three years and Tess is feeling disconnected from her husband whom she adores and that is obvious. Tess feels the need to make changes after Jacob tells her he is getting rid of her goats. This journey of the heart is a lesson in love and the 10th commandment "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.” Tess has a jealous longing for what her friends all seem to have and her relationship with Jacob is lacking. Is their love strong enough to show Tess how much she really has? I so enjoyed this journey to Wells Landing it truly makes you step back and reflect on all the things you have in your own life and how wonderful your life truly is. Thank you Amy Lillard for sharing your talent with everyone.
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading More Than a Marriage by Amy Lillard. This novella takes place in beautiful Wells Landing, Oklahoma. Jacob and Tess Smiley have been married for over three years now. Tess is very frustrated because Jacob is always checking his facebook account on his cell phone and ignoring her. The English roofing company he works for gave him a cell phone for his job. Tess is also upset because of Jacob’s wants to sell her beloved goats! Tess decides her best option is to move back home to her family in Clarita. On her way back she ends up staying awhile with her friend Clara Rose. Is there any way Clara Rose and her husband Obie can help Jacob and Tess? Can Jacob and Tess find the love they once had at the beginning of their marriage? It is always a treat to visit the Amish of Wells Landing. I definitely recommend checking out this sweet novella! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from NetGalley and have given my honest opinion.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
More Than a Marriage is another great addition to the Quilting Circle novella series. This story had me turning pages like crazy to see what would happen between these two characters! Tess and Jacob had quite a few serious marital problems rising up between them. It was painful to read about the way Tess felt neglected and lonely. I have to admit that I really felt for Tess and I did not like Jacob very much. He did grow on me throughout the course of the novel, a little bit. I thought that the author did a very good job of showing the lack of communication between Tess and Jacob, as well as problems that arose relating to the way women and men’s roles were viewed in the Amish family. This novella was a fascinating peek into an Amish marriage that needed help. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Calliegh0 More than 1 year ago
More than a Marriage is part of the Quilting Circle series. I have enjoyed this series. Amy Lillard has a way of drawing readers into her stories. Her characters are well developed and her story lines are well researched. More than a Marriage covers an issue that is not often thought about when one thinks of Amish and marriage vows. I was delightfully surprised at how she approached this topic. Her plot takes us to the story of Tess and her husband Jacob. They are new to the community of Wells Landing. This community has a way of helping their own. They are a growing community that has somewhat embraced new ideas and technology while still trying to stay within the community rules. Will Tess and Jacob be able to reconcile their conflicts both in their marriage and in the community? I received a copy through Netgalley. The review and feedback were of my own doing.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
More Than A Marriage (Quilting Circle Novella ) By Amy Lillard More Than a Marriage is book three in Quilting Circle novella series by Amy Lillard. Lillard drew me into the story right at the start and had me hooked till the end. There were times when I had tears in my eyes and I could not read fast enough to see what was going to happen next. The author weaves a story about romance , faith , and trust. This is Tess and Jacob’s story.Tess is not happy with her marriage. She sees her friends together and she wants what they have .Tess feels that her husband is not paying her enough attention. He works for the English and has a smart phone that stays glued to his ear all the time. She does not like this and she has had enough and takes matters into her hands. What will become of Tess and Jacob’s marriage? Can they get their problems worked out? Is it to late for them? I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author and NetGalley, but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
pattiagal More than 1 year ago
I always love to read stories about Wells Landing and its community. This story is just as powerful as the others yet covers a difficult topic. More Than a Marriage, by Amy Lillard, is a look at a contemporary couple struggling with their marriage. The exception here is that they are Amish. The theme of lack of communication is blended throughout the text and how its impact can affect any couple. Amy Lillard takes an honest look at how avoidance of issues between a husband and wife can fester and tear apart a marriage. Tess and Jacob have been married for three years. By outside looks all appears to be well. Jacob is gainfully employed and Tess has a well run household. Both are very hard-working but their time is focused on their jobs and interests and it's tearing them apart. Each blames the other for their downfall. Their reluctance to talk about their feelings implodes their happiness and Tess decides to leave Jacob and move back home to her parents house. Is there any hope for this couple? This novella is an excellent portrait of what can happen in any marriage when communication ceases to exist. Although the couple is in despair, a threat of hope and forgiveness is woven into their lives. Amy Lillard has once again tackled a very relevant and timely topic. The story gripped me immediately and was very well written. I highly recommend this book. I received a copy of this ebook from Netgalley and the author in exchange for an honest review.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Continuation of the Wells Landing Quilting Members I was pleased to continue to read about the wonderful members in Wells Landing Quilting Circle, which are the primary characters in the novella series, The Quilting Circle Novella series by Amy Lillard. Tess and Jacob Smiley are the primary characters in More Than a Marriage. Jacob’s family resides in Wells Land while Tess’s family remained in Clairta. Tess wanted to live a simple life while Jacob was becoming more absorbed into the Englisher life with him working for a roofing company. He was more focus on his cell phone than listening to Tess when they did have time alone. There were great struggles and Tess felt like she was all alone when she would see her quilting circle friends and their happiness being married. Marriage takes work and Tess felt as if she had done all she could to have Jacob’s attention. When Jacob mentioned selling her goats---well that was the end for Tess. She was going to leave and return to her family in Clairta. She spent time with Clare Rose and Ollie. Will this happily married couple be able to assist Tess and Jacob in seeing one another in a new light? What will happen to Tess’s goats while she is staying with Clare Rose? Will love cover a multitude of misunderstanding? Will forgiveness and their first love be reunited? Readers will enjoy reading More Than a Marriage. It’s a quick read that kept me reeled in until I knew what was going to become of this young couple. The action is steady and descriptive with emotions going different direction. This story is filled with faith, misunderstanding, healing, romance and trust. I received a complimentary e-copy from Net Galley and was not required to write a positive review. I have shared my honest opinion of this novella.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
am thrilled to be back in Well Landing, and visiting the Amish Community there, and in particular we visit with Tess and Jacob Smiley, and their marriage problems. Wait you begin to think, there can’t be marriage problems in an Amish marriage, but oh yes, they are human, and like us all we all perceive things differently. Both feel the other spouse is ignoring them, and they are not appreciated, and the other doesn’t do enough, or do they. Tess is ready to throw in towel and go home to mother, ah so typical or old fashioned, but in reality can these two work out their problems? Yes, they do have some, but so does everyone; it is just how you respond to them that makes the difference. While we are enjoying or working on Jacob and Tess’s problems we met up with old friends and become updated on the goings on of the folks we have come to love, and although you don’t have to have read the other books in this series to enjoy this one, you may want to for enjoyment. Oh yes, the twins have been born. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington, I was not required to give a positive review
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
More Than A Marriage is the first book in a long time, I started reading and could not stop until I was finished at one sitting. What an awesome book! I don't think about the Amish having problems like everyone else from their marriage to their cellphones and most of all communication. In all of us, if we don't communicate how can we solve our problems, especially in relationships and marriage? The Author splendidly wrote this novel in every way. I will be recommending More Than A Marriage by Author Amy Lillard to my family, friends, our library and anyone else who will listen. I received a complimentary copy from the author and NetGalley. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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