The Amish Teacher's Gift

The Amish Teacher's Gift

by Rachel J. Good

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ISBN-13: 9781538711262
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: Love and Promises Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 407,252
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farms and attending family events. Rachel loves to travel and visit many different Amish communities. She also speaks at conferences and book events across the country and abroad.
When she's not traveling, she spends time with her family and writing. In addition to her Amish novels, she's written more than 40 books for children and adults under several pen names.


You can find out more at:
racheljgood.com
Twitter @RachelJGood1
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The Amish Teacher's Gift 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful read. Very moving and caring, makes you want to.keep reading. You want to know the ending but at the same time you dont want the book to end. Highly recommend this book
Chicki 29 days ago
What a great story, heart wrenching !!! Ada Rupp was chosen by Bishop Troyer to teach at the new Special Needs School. Her young brother will be attending there, and it just seemed the logical thing to do. The children that will be attending the school all have different special needs. She is raising her young siblings, and this just seems like it will be impossible, but she does it and does it well. Josiah Yoder has moved to the area with his mom and his young son Nathan to start over since his wife has passed away. Nathan is deaf, and doesn’t understand where his mother is and why she isn’t home, so he has terrible tantrums when he is with Josiah. Ada tries to suggest having Nathan attend her school, but he just thinks it’s a terrible idea. Finally, he takes him to sign him up. Ada shows such patience and helps both Nathan and Josiah through some hard times. Nathan really loves being with Ada and Josiah likes spending time with her also, but he is still grieving the loss of his wife. Little by little Nathan is learning how to communicate and that starts a healing process that will warm your heart What a wonderful story, well thought out and you can Rachel Good did a lot of research. You won’t want to put this book down, it is such a good story.
KVM 5 months ago
This book has so many good things going for it, that I could go on and on about it! Loved the story line, a special needs teacher who is Amish falls for one of her students father. The struggles in this story keep you reading and cheering on all involved. Ada Rupp helps Nathan and his father connect after the death of Nathans mom almost a year ago but young Nathan is deaf and has no idea what happened and acts as if his father is the bad guy. Ada is dealing with her younger siblings after the death of her mother and an absent father that she thinks is all her fault. Another great book by Rachel J. Good.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
What an interesting read with lots of information on how the Amish deal with disabled children. I found it enlightening as well as entertaining with the romantic tension between the teacher and Josiah. This book also has a secret of what happened to Ada’s father until almost the end, so that in itself keeps you turning pages to find out. Well written and researched without bogging down with to much information. The characters are relatable and my heart bleeds for Josiah. It is a story of family dynamics, navigating life’s hardships, misunderstandings, and God’s restoration. It will make you smile and have you in tears. This is book one in the new Love & Promises series. I’m anxious to read the second installment as an excerpt is in the back of this book and already has me hooked. I won a copy of this book from a blog and I’m so glad I did. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Author Rachel Good can always be depended on to write a warm, redemptive story. Her characters face what real people face in real life; doubts, fears, etc. She’s not afraid to go there. Tackling an Amish story about a little boy with special needs doesn’t happen often enough because we know these challenges exist. I’m glad Good wrote about this, and the different methods of teaching young Nathan as well as other students. If you’re looking a charming read, romance, and children you’ll love, then you’ll want to read The Amish Teacher’s Gift. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was quite different than most Amish novels. This showed a little bit on how the Amish handle their children that have special needs and their education. I was surprised by some of what I read but in a good way. This had good romance also. I loved how Ada worked with the children. I wish I had that kind of patience. I did not want to put this book down. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
The Amish Teacher's Gift is an inspirational story, a feel-good story and a love story all wrapped up in the bindings of one amazing book. I feel like a broken record lately when I say that this book was not without flaws. But, for me, this book was all about the feels. Those flaws don't even matter to me. I'll take a moment to throw those flaws out there for the sake of disclosure. I mean, the flaws are there but the happiness of my heart is overshadowing the instant attraction, the back and forth, off and on, hot and cold romance. I barely even noticed the drag that I hit near the end when the story stalled over a scandal. Let's talk about what I love. I love these characters. They're characters to "aww" over. Characters that I want to hug and love and cherish. Really, they were so well-developed and their heart touched mine. I'm not even joking. If I could adopt a fictional son—I'd do it in a heartbeat. Nathan is the sweetest child that I've ever read about in any fictional book. I loved that this book included Amish children with special needs. That's an area that's often not discussed and I've wondered how the community cares for children with special considerations. The author did an amazing job researching sensory issues and methods that teachers and therapists employee to help improve a child's school and learning experience. If you're willing to overlook a few tropes in a book for characters that make you fall in love with them, this book is definitely one to pick up. I've nothing but fantastic things to say about how this book seriously gave me ALL the feels. ALL OF THEM. If you have a soft spot for children, read this one, you will not be disappointed. This book was provided to me by Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
The Amish Teacher’s Gift by Rachel J. Good is an inspiring story of relying on God amid the deepest challenges of life, as well as a tender romance you’ll be rooting for from the very beginning! Readers will instantly bond with the children in this story – from Ada’s special-needs students to her own siblings – and their hearts will touch yours. It’s clear that the author has spent a lot of time researching the issues that Ada would encounter as a special-needs Amish schoolteacher – as well as the resources and strategies that she implements. Watching the children’s transformations is incredibly heartwarming, and I appreciated that even as Ada achieved great success with her students they weren’t magically fixed and ‘all better’. Instead, the author retained those things that made each child special – from their unique needs to their individual personalities. The romance between Josiah and Ada is one of instant chemistry that sets off sparks whenever they share the page, especially as their friendship continues to deepen. Because this aspect of their stories is set against the framework of all the other layers to their individual stories, it is also emotionally multi-dimensional. Josiah and Ada are both extremely likable characters, and your hearts will ache for what they’ve been through and what keeps them apart. Bottom Line: The Amish Teacher’s Gift is well-written and full of heart. The author’s sensitivity to the students’ needs, seen through Ada’s eyes, sets a tender tone to the story, and readers will rejoice with Ada at the successes and ache with her at the setbacks. Her relationship with Josiah is based on chemistry and friendship, and it left me swooning more than once! But the star of this novel is, hands-down, Nathan. His journey was my favorite and, considering how much y’all know I love romance, that’s saying a lot. I can’t wait for you to meet him! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A special treat was in store for me as I opened this book by Rachel J. Good. I was swept away by Ada and her family. I can't imagine doing what Ada was doing. She had an awful lot on her plate but she handled herself with grace and dignity. She was doing her best to keep her family together even when she was criticized for her methods. She pretty much thought she knew her lot in life but GOD had something else in store for her. It made me think of when I met my husband. I had been divorced for 7 years. I was convinced that I was never going to meet someone who I would be compatible with. I was destined to be single. Wow! Was I ever wrong? GOD arranged for me to meet my future husband. He was more than compatible. He was everything I could wish for and more. Ada felt that she was destined to be alone and that no one would want her due to her family responsibilities and prior decisions she had made. Josiah proved her wrong. Some form of healing is central to this story. The story shows that with GOD's love, one can be healed. It was a very touching story of the struggles Ada and Josiah faced. I loved the storyline. I received this free to review.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
A heart touching story of a young Amish woman who teaches a school for the handicapped young of the community and a young Amish father of one of her students. Such an inspiring and informative story. I would recommend this one, it moves right along and touches the heart!
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I was quickly immersed in this story, and when it ended, I wanted to continue on. I loved being with these characters, and what a heart the young teacher, her first year, has for her handicapped children. The author has given us a story of how hard it can be sometimes to be Amish, like losing your job, or trying to help your disabled child. Thoughts of child abuse, elderly abuse, unchaperoned adults, the list could go on, and we are experiencing it first hand, through these characters. I enjoyed this read, and it is different in that a lot of the children have a disability, which I have seen personally at a local Amish Christmas program, and love how they are treated. You don’t want to miss this one! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Forever, and was not required to give a positive review
HopeSW More than 1 year ago
The Amish Teacher's Gift is a phenomenal story that is close to my heart! This author wrote a well written book with a storyline that many authors shy away from. The characters are believable and endearing. Reading about all of the special needs students and how the teacher interacted with them brought the reader into the story and made you feel as though you were there with them in the classroom as well as in the home. The author showed the many challenges parents and those around these wonderful misunderstood children face, but in a way that touched your heart. Even with all of this going on in in Ada's classroom, the author found a way to include a beautiful love story that had me hoping that Josiah and Ada would find their happily ever after and give Nathan and her siblings a home together. With all the love, friendships, family, and community included this was just a book I could not put down from page one! While this is the first book I have read from this author, it will not be the last! Way to go with this 5 star read!!!
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Having read a novella or two by Rachel J. Good, I hadn't yet poured into a full novel. Until now. Having gotten to know the author through social media and mutual friends I felt like I knew her heart and couldn't wait to read this book. The timing couldn't have been more perfect, I mean have you seen the heavy topics I've chosen to tackle these last few weeks?!? It was a perfect time to settle in with something a little lighter, a little cozier, and definitely lower on the intensity scale. This book fit that bill perfectly, though I can't say that some of my reactions weren't a little intense, but not in a bad way. Let's talk Gibbs' Smack prize winners. Ada and Josiah take the cake. While not quite insta-love their attraction and chemistry is pretty instant. But then comes the self-doubt, the oh he's married, oh I'm in mourning, oh he doesn't feel the way I do, oh she's too good for me, junk. All junk. Let's face it, it's real. As real as human nature and emotions can be conveyed on the page. I just get a little bogged down in it, as it runs from Chapter 1 on. I think the bigger frustration though was the complete miscommunications as only partial things were understood yet they closed themselves (OK she was the worst to be honest) down to full communication. Something we are all guilty of at one time or another, and honestly just as frustrating in real life as it is in book life. I'd like to throw a special glare at the bishop's wife. She was just rude. Sorry, I felt like she was hateful and finger-pointing. The other small thing was the heavy-handed hints about Ada's dad. They were necessary and lead to greater information (that helped to explain the bishop's wife - Betty - but doesn't excuse her hatefulness!) but I was so tempted to skip ahead and find out what all this shrouded information was related too. Don't do that! I promise it's worth it. All that aside I truly fell into this book and it read entirely too quickly. Such developed characters (though I still don't have a handle on most of Ada's siblings as they were in the background) and a heartfelt story line. I enjoy Rachel's writing style and she builds a world I can sink into and relate too. And please, someone put that Betty in her place in a future book. I can't wait to read Leah's story (Ada's bestie) and also see how Ada and Josiah fare in the future with an insta-family of 8! I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit, NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
conniet729 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore this author. She has a way of approaching tough subjects that remind us that we need to rely on God. When we walk through the storms of life, we need to keep our focus on HIM instead of the waves. Especially when we think there is no way out. The author has a great way of creating characters that seem so real. I loved the children in this story. I loved that the author created a special needs child. This is so amazing. The chemistry between Josiah and Ada is instant and so heartwarming. This is a beautifully written story - tangible characters - storyline that flows with ease. Loved! I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all thoughts are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Amish Teacher’s Gift by Rachel J. Good is the first A Love & Promises Novel. Ada Rupp lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she is responsible for her seven younger siblings. Bishop Troyer has recruited Ada to teach at the new Amish special needs school where her deaf brother, David will be attending. Each of her students have unique problems that Ada will need to handle. Josiah Yoder, a widower, has just moved to the area with his mother and son, Nathan. Nathan is deaf and has had terrible tantrums since his mother passed away. Josiah has not found a way to comfort his son and adequately explain that his mother will not be returning. On the first day of school, Nathan is immediately taken with Ada as is Josiah. Nathan and David become friends which throws Ada and Josiah together. Ada is attracted to Josiah and his caring nature is such a comfort as she adapts to working and be the sole support of her siblings. However, Ada knows she cannot get too close to Josiah because of her father. Ada notices that Nathan is afraid of his father and she must find a way to help these two lost souls. Come along to Lancaster in The Amish Teacher’s Gift to see how the tale progresses. The Amish Teacher’s Gift is well-written and engaging. The author provided realistic descriptions of the special need children and how they struggle with their condition (at such a young age). The children in Ada’s class are deaf, autistic, hearing impaired, one has Down’s syndrome, and one has Tourette’s. The author has done her research on special need children and their requirements. It was interesting to find out the techniques that can be employed by teacher’s and the equipment available to help the children. It is wonderful to see a teacher go out of her way to help her students. Ada was so patient and caring (I have never had that type of patience). The romance between Josiah and Ada progresses at a slow pace which suits this story (I am glad it was not rushed) and the romance is not the central part of the book. The story focuses on family, children, friends and faith. There were a few scenes between Josiah and his boss regarding his religion and work site requirements. I like how Josiah never got upset with his boss, but he would explain, and he showed by example (not being able to work on Sunday, how they do not allow photographs of themselves, why he cannot wear a hard hat, and doing for others). The Christmas play presented by Ada’s class is an emotional, heartfelt scene (have a tissue handy). The ending will have you smiling. The Amish Teacher’s Gift is an Amish novel you do not want to miss. I am eager for the next book in A Love & Promises series which is The Amish Midwife’s Secret (we get a preview).
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
The Amish Teacher’s Gift by Rachel J. Good My rating is 4.5 Stars The subject of the special-needs school in The Amish Teacher’s Gift is one I’ve never read about in an Amish book, but it is one that interests me greatly. While in high school, I was blessed to be a helper in a program for developmentally delayed preschoolers for a few hours a day. I have such fond memories of those wonderful children that when I saw the synopsis of this book, I knew I had to read it. So many thoughts are floating through my head about this book. The fact that the story dealt with a special-needs Amish school fascinated me. I loved the way that 19-year-old Ada took the time to learn all she could to help her students. The Mennonite school was pretty amazing. The tools they had to help the kids, the multi-sensory environment, everything they had just made my heart happy. Martha, the bishop’s daughter, had Down Syndrome, yet she was a tremendous asset in the classroom. How amazing the school board would have allowed that, or even thought of having her be the one to assist. What a brilliant idea! Having known several children and adults with that condition, I can see how it would be a great fit. Several things in the book were just sad. One of them is this. With the Amish community known to be just that, a community, it was terrible that Ada, as young as she was, was solely responsible for her six younger siblings with apparently no support from anyone. Yes, I know. The children are raised so they all help out, but that is beside the point. Someone should have been looking out for them, coming alongside to help, even if just to give her short breaks. I like to think that if I knew of someone in that kind of situation I would be helping on a regular basis. The mixing of worlds was a great touch. Instead of everything happening just inside the Amish community, Josiah worked for an Englicsh construction company. Buggies and cars alike used the roads they traveled on. It was a nice touch giving a different picture than the completely isolated community often portrayed in Amish stories. I am looking forward to reading more books by Rachel J. Good. This was a great start to the series. This review was originally posted on AmongTheReads.net You can read Rachel's guest post at AmongTheReads.net I would like to thank Celebrate Lit, Netgalley for giving me this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
The Amish Teacher's Gift by Rachel J. Good is the first in her Love and Promises series. This captivating book brings to life the story of a young Amish woman who has taken on the care of her seven younger siblings and now has been asked to be the teacher of special needs children. How can she ever begin to dream of a husband and a home of her own? What man would want a ready-made family of 7 kids? And the secret she holds close--what man would love her when he learned what she had done? The author gives good (and accurate) insight into the lives of families who have special needs children and it was interesting to read of the variety of equipment and modalities to teach and calm children on the autism spectrum and those with hearing deficits. The romance between Ada and Josiah is fraught with tension which keeps the reader wondering if they will ever be able to get beyond all the obstacles in their path to love. This is a charming and heartwarming story that brings to light the essence of community in the Amish lifestyle and I can't wait to read the next book from this talented author. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I love books that take on topics that are sometimes sensitive but important to write about. This book is one that not only shines the light about special needs children, but shows readers how each day can be filled with joy and accomplishments. The author has really done an excellent job of explaining how special each child is. I loved Ada because she has compassion, patience and unconditional love for the children. She doesn't see their handicap, but instead recognizes their need to be accepted and loved. Ada has her hands full with her students and I'm not sure I could be as patient as she is. It doesn't help that she is also raising her siblings since her mamm passed away. My heart went out to her and I wanted to tell her how much God loves her. Each child is special to Him and I know Ada feels the same way. Widower Josiah is raising his six year old son Nathan and trying to deal with his hearing loss and tantrums. Nathan can be a handful at times, but Josiah is determined to show his son how much he loves him. I wonder what Josiah thought as he met Nathan's teacher for the first time? Ada is only nineteen and it looks like she has her hands full with the other students. I'm glad Josiah trusted Ada enough to leave his son that first day of school. The author is very knowledgeable about Amish and the details make you feel as if you know them. It was very interesting to learn that the Amish men don't wear any other hat except what their community allows. I mention this because as a roofer, Josiah is required to wear a hard hat. What happens when he tells the owner that he can't wear the hat because it is against his beliefs? As I read the story, I began to understand had difficult it can be to have special needs children. There is no time to rest and you always have to be ready for anything. The children in the story each have different disabilities but all need that extra time to show how much they are loved.I admired the characters who cared for these children and especially liked how the author gave us a glimpse into the lives of these special children. During my time as a children's pastor I have had two special needs children in the classroom. One was deaf and the other one was autistic. Reading this story reminded me of how much my heart went out to the parents of these children. I didn't feel sorry for them, but rather admired them. Their interaction with their child was pure . Ada has that gift as a teacher and I began to like her more as the story continued. The story is a beautiful reminder of patience, love and how one person can make a difference in someone's life. There is a bit of romance in the story that I liked because it wasn't rushed. Ada and Josiah each have misgivings about being together and the author explores that in a touching way. There is so much to discover in this wonderful story and I was sad to see it end. I was curious throughout the story why Nathan seemed to be afraid of his dad. The answer is quite interesting and made me cry. The author has opened the door to a group of children that are often forgotten about by writing a story that captures their innocence. This is one story that you don't want to miss. Get ready for tears as Ada and her students capture your heart. I received a copy of this story from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I love books that take on topics that are sometimes sensitive but important to write about. This book is one that not only shines the light about special needs children, but shows readers how each day can be filled with joy and accomplishments. The author has really done an excellent job of explaining how special each child is. I loved Ada because she has compassion, patience and unconditional love for the children. She doesn't see their handicap, but instead recognizes their need to be accepted and loved. Ada has her hands full with her students and I'm not sure I could be as patient as she is. It doesn't help that she is also raising her siblings since her mamm passed away. My heart went out to her and I wanted to tell her how much God loves her. Each child is special to Him and I know Ada feels the same way. Widower Josiah is raising his six year old son Nathan and trying to deal with his hearing loss and tantrums. Nathan can be a handful at times, but Josiah is determined to show his son how much he loves him. I wonder what Josiah thought as he met Nathan's teacher for the first time? Ada is only nineteen and it looks like she has her hands full with the other students. I'm glad Josiah trusted Ada enough to leave his son that first day of school. The author is very knowledgeable about Amish and the details make you feel as if you know them. It was very interesting to learn that the Amish men don't wear any other hat except what their community allows. I mention this because as a roofer, Josiah is required to wear a hard hat. What happens when he tells the owner that he can't wear the hat because it is against his beliefs? As I read the story, I began to understand had difficult it can be to have special needs children. There is no time to rest and you always have to be ready for anything. The children in the story each have different disabilities but all need that extra time to show how much they are loved.I admired the characters who cared for these children and especially liked how the author gave us a glimpse into the lives of these special children. During my time as a children's pastor I have had two special needs children in the classroom. One was deaf and the other one was autistic. Reading this story reminded me of how much my heart went out to the parents of these children. I didn't feel sorry for them, but rather admired them. Their interaction with their child was pure . Ada has that gift as a teacher and I began to like her more as the story continued. The story is a beautiful reminder of patience, love and how one person can make a difference in someone's life. There is a bit of romance in the story that I liked because it wasn't rushed. Ada and Josiah each have misgivings about being together and the author explores that in a touching way. There is so much to discover in this wonderful story and I was sad to see it end. I was curious throughout the story why Nathan seemed to be afraid of his dad. The answer is quite interesting and made me cry. The author has opened the door to a group of children that are often forgotten about by writing a story that captures their innocence. This is one story that you don't want to miss. Get ready for tears as Ada and her students capture your heart. I received a copy of this story from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
I read a couple of Ms. Good's novellas published by Celebrate Lit and was intrigued enough by her style to give a full-length she penned a try. I received an ebook copy off Netgalley, and was a bit overwhelmed when I looked up the information online to discover it is almost a 400 page book. Wow! I know Ms. Good is a prolific author but I wasn't expecting a book this long. Ms. Good is not afraid of tough topics, so it didn't surprise me as much as it could have to discover the book is about a teacher of special needs children and the special needs children they included. I was a bit surprised by Josiah's son's opinion of him but it did have a mostly logical reason. And I was surprised by Ada's lustful thoughts toward a man she believed to be married for most of the book. What surprised me the most, and I know Ms. Good thoroughly researched for her books, is that the church district didn't seem to know each other. All the Amish communities I've seen, or been in, (which admittedly is Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan) the districts were deliberately kept small enough so that everyone knew everyone, and so Ada would know going in that Josiah was a widower, or that Ada had secrets regarding her daed, and what they were. Now maybe the area Ms. Good researched has much larger church districts so maybe everyone didn't know everyone that well, but that surprised me most. The book did read fast though. I'd just finished a book by a big name author that took me the better part of a week to read because it dragged. This book was twice as long but I read it in an afternoon. As stated earlier, I got a free copy off Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
The Amish Teacher's Gift by Rachel J Good is book one in Rachel's new series Love and Promises. This story is packed with love, faith, devotion, heartache, pain and much, much more. Be sure to have some tissues for this story. This story is one that tugged at my heart strings. I am so looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
The Amish Teacher's Gift touched my heart deeper than any book I have read to date because I could relate in such a deep way that it brought tears to my eyes. This book is about love - love of others - children - each other - GOD. It is a challenge to work with autistic children but oh so rewarding - it touches you in places you never knew was there. You have a character who wants to serve by teaching those special children - she is becoming last and will eventually become 1st - you have the 2 characters that are deeply hurt and have a major past - can they get over it and let love rip or will they let the past hold them back? Will they let GOD lead? I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
The Amish Teacher's Gift is the first book in a new series, from writer, Rachel J. Good. Readers of Amish fiction will love the atmosphere and setting of this novel. Good captures the Amish way of life in a different light with this one and is able to draw the reader in from the beginning. Josiah is recently widowed with a special needs child and Ada is young woman caring for a large family on her own. Good's character development and knowledge of Amish customs and practices shine here. What I liked: The romance that develops between main characters Ada and Josiah is sweet and loving. Unfortunately, the circumstances of life seem to have a way of keeping them apart. As with most Amish romances, this is a very clean book without a lot of frills and elaborate plot devices. Good is able to keep the readers interest by providing them with characters that are have depth and substance. She does an excellent job of showing the readers emotions and love for each other without overcomplicating or dramatising their attraction. The special needs aspect of this book is what really sets it apart from other books in this subgenre. With Amish books you generally get a lot predictability. They tend to follow a certain pattern and sometimes that's not a bad thing, but it's an expected thing. Good however, changes things up by giving readers a special needs character that is very central to the plot. Nathan, Josiah's son is deaf and he has lost his mother. For some reason he is having a difficult time communicating and there is an element of fear in Nathan's reaction to his father. When Josiah enrolls Nathan in the new special needs school, Nathan begins to turn a corner and I thought that Good did an amazing job of showing what special needs students need in order to be successful. I loved the relationship that develops between Ada and Josiah but I really felt that the addition of Nathan's disability added depth and sincerity to the story. Ada was a strong young woman. Dealing with seven siblings and teaching is a feat in itself, but the way she dealt with the challenges of her students with patience and love was just a joy to read to read about. Good makes Nathan's character as important as the love story and that was unexpected. What I didn't like: There was only one little thing that niggled at me about this book. There is not a lot of dialogue or story that explains Nathan's resistance to his father or the reason behind their failure to communicate with each other. I don't know a lot about Amish communities but it seems to me that Josiah should have been able to learn ASL or some other way to interact with his son. I just felt there was not enough back story for the reader to understand both Nathan's vehemence and fear of Josiah who essentially seems like a good father. Bottom Line: I enjoyed this one a lot. I'm a fan of good Amish fiction and this one had a unique quality about it that made it stand out from the pack. The special needs aspect of the story was very well written and the character development was good. I liked the romance between Ada and Josiah, but really enjoyed Nathan and the qualities this character added to the story. A good clean enjoyable read.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with this new-to-me author. I really enjoyed The Amish Teacher's Gift and will definitely read more books written by Rachel J. Good. The characters in this story really pulled at my heart. Whether it was Josiah and his inability to communicate with his deaf son, Nathan, or Ada trying to do her best to help her special needs students, I was totally connected to these characters. The communication issues between Nathan and Josiah, along with the tantrums, created many tense situations that had to be overcome. I also loved the chemisty between Josiah and Ada, but a relationship developing between them wasn't a simple situation. They had plenty of miscommunications themselves, as well as much judgement to overcome from the community. I enjoyed this novel so much and look forward to the next in the series. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
The Amish Teacher's Gift by Rachel J. Good is a beautifully written story. It is the first book in the Love & Promises series. Ada Rupp's mother passed away and now she is in charge of raising her seven siblings. She is also excited, yet nervous starting her new job as the teacher at the local Amish school for special needs children. She has a full plate, but she continues to work hard to be the best teacher she can be. Josiah Yoder's six-year-old son, Nathan, is deaf and has been inconsolable and uncontrollable since his mother passed away. Josiah has done everything he can to help Nathan and is nervous for Ada to try to control Nathan. Ada is determined to help the children at her school and she does a magnificent job at it. She really goes above and beyond and starts to form a special bond with Nathan and his father. Could Josiah and Ada ever be more than friends? Can Josiah overlook Ada's past and what happened to her father? The author does a great job of bringing the characters to life. They experience circumstances that we can all relate to including grief, frustration, hope, faith and sharing God's love. I definitely recommend picking up a copy of this book! Once you start reading it, you won't want to put it down anytime soon! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the publisher and author and have given my honest opinion.