Beloved and bestselling author of Amish romance Kathleen Fuller reminds us that sometimes opposites really do attract.
"A heartwarming story of unexpected romance woven with fun and engaging characters who come to life on every page."--Amy Clipston, bestselling author of A Seat by the Hearth
If there is one thing Christian Ropp will not allow in his classroom—or his life—it is chaos. So why is he drawn to Ruby Glick, a woman who seems to bring mayhem wherever she goes?
Christian Ropp moves to Birch Creek to accept a teaching position in the rapidly growing Amish community. He’s determined to put the rambunctious school in order as well as check another task off his list: finding a wife. Of course, that would be much easier if women were like textbooks, straightforward and logical.
When an accident puts Christian out of commission, a new community member named Ruby Glick takes over his classroom. But Ruby’s exuberant teaching style clashes with Christian's careful methods and he worries his students will never be the same.
With a track record of catastrophe, Ruby always feels too clumsy, too distracted, too . . . much. Desperate for a chance to prove that she can do more than make mistakes in her life, she throws herself into her new teaching position. But when Christian can’t seem to stay out of her way, she finds herself slipping into old, chaotic tendencies.
What she doesn’t anticipate is that Christian's heart is slowly catching up with his mind—and she, too, must decide whether to follow logic or love.
"Kathleen Fuller has written a sweet, oftentimes humorous, romance that reminds readers that the perfect match might be right in front of their noses."--Kelly Irvin, bestselling author of the Every Amish Season series
"Kathleen Fuller is a master storyteller and fans will absolutely fall in love with Ruby and Christian in The Teacher's Bride." --Ruth Reid, bestselling author of the Amish Mercies series
"Kathy Fuller's characters leap off the page with subtle power as she uses both wit and wisdom to entertain!"--Kelly Long, national bestselling author
"The story will captivate you from the first page to the last with Ruby, Christian, and engaging characters. You’ll laugh, gasp, and wonder what will happen next." --Molly Jebber, Speaker and Award Winning Author of Grace’s Forgiveness and the Amish Keepsake Pocket Quilt Series
About the Author
With over a million copies sold, Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at KathleenFuller.com; Instagram: kf_booksandhooks; Facebook: WriterKathleenFuller; Twitter: @TheKatJam.
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I can't believe she came here without letting us know ahead of time."
Ruby Glick paced outside on the front porch. She doubted her older brother, Timothy, and his wife, Patience, realized she could hear their conversation through the screened windows — a conversation about her. Maybe he shouldn't have told her, in a kind but firm way, to wait outside while he and Patience talked.
"Timothy," Patience said, her voice gentle and one hundred percent a reflection of her name. "You're not making much sense. I don't understand why you don't want yer schwester to stay with us."
"Favorite schwester," Ruby whispered. And only schwester, but that was a technicality.
Timothy paused long enough for Ruby to hear a woodpecker drilling in the distance. "Patience, I love Ruby, but she's a walking disaster. Which means a whole lot of problems for us."
Uh oh. Ruby recognized the firmness in his voice. This was Timothy when he was standing his ground. She chewed on the inside of her lip and brushed against a stray fallen leaf with the toe of her black sneaker. This wasn't a good sign. Not at all. Not to mention her feelings were a little hurt. Yes, she'd been called a walking disaster before. And yes, it wasn't far from the truth. But that didn't mean she liked hearing it spoken behind her back.
"I can't believe you mean that, Timothy," Patience said, sounding surprised.
Ruby backed away from the window. Maybe she should have written to Timothy before she arrived unannounced on his doorstep ten minutes ago. That would have been the polite thing to do. But since she'd made her decision to come to Birch Creek only yesterday, there wouldn't have been enough time for him to receive a letter from Lancaster. That, and of course the fact that she couldn't wait to get here.
She tugged on her index finger. If Timothy didn't let her stay here for a while, it would ruin her plan. And her plan was perfect, if she said so herself. Unfortunately, she hadn't been in Birch Creek very long before her brother hurled a monkey wrench into it.
She sighed. She didn't want to trouble anyone, except trouble was her middle name according to her parents, Timothy, and more than a few people back home. But not anymore. She straightened her shoulders as she heard Timothy's dairy cows lowing in the pasture behind the house. She was different now. As of twelve hours ago, she had turned over a new leaf. Somehow, she would convince her brother that was the truth.
The front door opened, and she swirled around, hopeful. Timothy scowled at her, shoved his hat onto his head, and took off for the barn. Ruby's shoulders slumped.
Patience walked out behind him and put her hand on Ruby's arm. "This isn't like Timothy."
Ruby glanced at her. "When it comes to me, it is."
Patience gave her an encouraging smile. "I'll geh talk to him some more. While I do that, you can put yer things in the spare bedroom."
"Are you sure?" Ruby said, brightening. There was hope after all.
"Positive." The expression in Patience's gentle brown eyes grew resolute as she opened the front door. "You're our familye, and you're staying here in our home. That's final."
Impressed, Ruby grinned. She hadn't thought Patience would be the kind of wife to go against her husband's wishes. Ruby didn't exactly endorse that behavior, but since Timothy was being unreasonable, she was glad Patience saw it her way. She threw her arms around her sister-in-law. "Danki, Patience. I promise I won't cause any trouble."
Patience smiled. "Of course you won't." She glanced at the barn, and then at Ruby. "Will you keep an eye on the kinner while I geh talk to him? They're down for their naps, but Tobias might wake up in a few minutes."
"Of course." She opened the screen door, careful to make sure it didn't slam behind her, and went inside. She loved her nephews and hadn't seen them for a few months, not since Timothy and his family last visited Lancaster. One of the perks of coming here was that she could spend time with the little boys.
Ruby took her suitcase upstairs. Timothy's house wasn't that big, and she had been here a few times before, although the last time had been three years ago. She started to set the suitcase on the spare room bed, but then paused. Should she unpack now? Despite Patience's assurances, she wasn't sure if Timothy would relent. Lord, change his mind, please.
She set the suitcase on the floor, making sure she was quiet. She slipped off her shoes and went into the hallway. She'd passed Tobias and Luke's room a few moments earlier. Maybe she should peek in on them. When it came to children, she was confident, and at twenty she'd had plenty of babysitting experience.
When she looked inside their room, she smiled. Oh, her nephews were so sweet. Luke, of course, was still in a crib, and Tobias lay on a small bed. A wooden baby gate stretched across the threshold, much like the one she and Timothy had when they were young. Of course, Timothy never tried to escape his crib or his bedroom, like Ruby had. She was the reason for the baby gate. As their mother had said time and time again, Ruby had been the difficult child.
She bit her lip and stepped back from the bedroom, not wanting to wake her sleeping nephews. Her heart pinched, but she ignored the familiar feeling, as she had so many times over the years. It wasn't as if her parents were wrong. Problems did seem to follow her no matter what she did and despite her best intentions. But she was an adult now, and something had to change. Or rather, someone. She had to learn how to be better. To be more acceptable. To be like Timothy and everyone else she knew. And the way to start that transformation was to get married.
At least that was what Ruby had decided. There was a bit of a glitch, though. Although she was ready to find a husband, the single men in her community weren't exactly lining up to propose. That also hurt her feelings a bit, but she had somewhat of a reputation back home. Not a salacious one, though. Just the thought of having that type of reputation made her face heat. But she'd been in enough scrapes and caused enough complications that the men stayed far away.
The lack of matrimonial contenders sparked the idea of coming to Birch Creek. It was a thriving community. It was also full of young men who knew her only as Timothy's little sister. She fully intended to use their lack of awareness to her advantage.
She slid down the wall next to the children's bedroom until she was seated on the floor. Then she pulled her knees to her chest, resting her chin on them. She'd had plenty of time to think on the bus ride here from Lancaster. Plenty of time to puzzle out how she was going to land a husband. Also plenty of time to suspect that this might not be the best way to go about it. But she had never been one to sit back and wait for something to happen. Perhaps that tendency also needed further consideration, but right now she was too excited about her plan. After all, it was the first time she had a plan about anything. If she followed it, she was certain she would have a potential husband candidate by Christmas. Or at least a date. Maybe I should concentrate on that first.
Ruby smiled. Yes, she would prove to herself and everyone that she had finally matured into a responsible, sensible adult. They would no longer see her as a walking disaster, leaving chaos in her wake. It was time to introduce the new Ruby Glick to the world.
* * *
Timothy grabbed a pitchfork and threw some hay into an empty stall. The horses were out in the pasture, which was a good thing, because they would have experienced a surprise hay shower. Never mind that he'd just put down fresh bedding that morning and he was creating a new mess to clean up.
Patience walked in, but he ignored her. Finally, she said, "Timothy, you can't turn Ruby away."
He jammed the pitchfork back into the hay. Patience might be right, but he didn't want to acknowledge that fact. He didn't have a good reason to turn away his sister, and deep down he didn't want to. But he had enough to worry about right now. He'd just purchased a dozen more dairy cows, which brought his herd up to thirty. He had two small children and a spouse who was keeping plenty busy as a midwife because Birch Creek was experiencing a baby boom. He was on the school board, and a month ago the community decided to draw lots for a district minister. He'd been chosen, and now he had those duties to add to his plate.
These were all good things. He was blessed, and he knew it. He and Patience were in a far better situation than when he first moved here after their wedding. At the time he'd been unsure about leaving Lancaster behind to live in a community with an unwelcoming bishop. But Patience wanted to stay in Birch Creek, and the land here was cheaper than in Lancaster, which allowed him to own his own farm instead of working for his father back home. Emmanuel Troyer, the former bishop, had left, and since Freemont Yoder had become the new bishop, Birch Creek and its various businesses had thrived.
But he was overwhelmed at times, feeling pulled in different directions. Which was why Ruby showing up without warning had knocked him off-kilter. He didn't need his troublemaker of a sister upending everything.
"Stop ignoring me," Patience snapped.
That got his attention. He tossed the hay and leaned the pitchfork against the stall. "I'm sorry, lieb." He walked to her and brushed off a strand of hay that had landed on her kapp. "I'm confused, that's all."
"Ya." He loved his little sister, but sometimes he didn't understand her. He'd tried to over the years, chalking up her troublemaking nature to immaturity. But that explanation went only so far. For some reason she courted disaster, even when she was trying to be helpful. He wondered what his parents thought about her coming here. Maybe it was their idea.
"She's a sweet maedel, Timothy. She's also yer schwester. We don't turn our backs on familye."
He looked at his wife. He'd met Patience almost seven years ago when she was visiting Lancaster, and he'd fallen in love the moment he saw her. Now he was more in love with her than ever, and her kindness was one of many reasons. "You're right," he said, touching one of the ribbons of her kapp. "She can stay. But only for a few days."
"She asked to stay indefinitely, remember?"
"Don't you wonder why?"
"Ya, but it's none of our business, even if she is staying with us. We need to respect her privacy."
He wasn't going to win this. "Fine. She can stay as long as she wants. But I'm stating for the record that I warned you about her."
Patience scoffed. "You make her sound like a complete —"
"How can you talk about her that way?"
Timothy blew out a breath. "Patience, when she and I were kinner, she burned down the barn."
Nodding, Patience said, "I remember you telling me that. You also said it was an accident. She knocked over a lit lantern. That can happen to anyone."
"Ya, but what I didn't tell you was that it was our second barn burning."
Patience's mouth dropped open. "You mean she burned down the first one too?"
He nodded. "I know she doesn't mean to, but she gets distracted." Timothy remembered how distraught Ruby had been over both events. She was ten years old the first time, fourteen the second. None of the animals had been hurt, and the second barn was a little salvageable after the fire. "Stuff like that happens around her all the time. Trouble, bad luck — whatever you want to call it, it follows her like a starving stray dog." Right now, he wasn't prepared for whatever havoc his little sister might cause next. Not that he ever could be.
After a long pause Patience said, "She's not a kinn or teenager anymore."
Timothy crossed his arms. "I realize she's an adult now. I'm just not sure I can trust her."
Patience touched his beard, her beautiful brown eyes taking on that soft look he couldn't resist. "What about grace, Timothy? Doesn't yer schwester deserve some?"
It wasn't her expression that worked on him this time. It was her words. Ruby could be frustrating, and she'd made plenty of mistakes in her life. Haven't we all? It wasn't as if he was perfect, even though his mother often said he was close to it. "You never fussed, and you never broke the rules," she would say, usually when Ruby was within earshot. He frowned. That had to be a pretty big burden for her to bear. "Ya," he said, his distrust for his sister changing to compassion. "She does."
"That's the Timothy I know." She put her arms around his waist. "And love."
He gave her a half-grin. "There will have to be ground rules, even though she's twenty."
"I think that's fair."
"And she'll have to find a job. She stays out of most trouble when she's busy."
"She could help you around here." When he stiffened, Patience laughed. "I'm kidding. I'm sure she can find work somewhere else." She kissed him on the cheek and stepped out of his embrace. "The kinner should be up by now. I asked Ruby to watch them for me."
"Thank God we don't have many breakables," Timothy muttered.
"I heard that." Patience walked out of the barn.
Timothy smiled and shook his head. He couldn't resist that little dig. He swept up the mess he'd made, checked on the cows and horses in the pasture, and then went back to the house.
When he walked into the living room, he saw Ruby sitting in the middle of the floor, playing with Tobias and Luke. Luke was in her lap chewing on a teething ring and Tobias was stacking wooden blocks into a short, crooked pile. When they toppled over Ruby clapped. "Yay, Tobias! You did it."
"It fell," he said, sticking out his bottom lip.
"Ya, but now you can build yer tower all over again. Wouldn't that be fun?"
Tobias grinned and started stacking the blocks as if hadn't been pouting a few seconds before.
Patience appeared at his side. "She's really gut with the kinner," she whispered.
"Ya. She is."
Ruby looked up and smiled, and Timothy wondered if she'd heard them. He hoped she had. She deserved the compliment.
Patience went to Ruby and picked up Luke, whose chubby hands were already stretched up and reaching for his mother. She cradled him against her hip, and then reached out her hand to Tobias. "Let's geh get a snack." Tobias nodded and clambered to his feet, knocking over his blocks. The tower and Ruby forgotten in anticipation of a snack, he followed Patience and Luke into the kitchen.
Ruby started putting the blocks in the small wooden crate where Patience kept them. "The buwe have grown since I last saw them," she said, placing the last block in the bin and pushing it toward the coffee table. The crate knocked into a table leg, and a glass of iced tea on top toppled over. "Oh nee," she said, rushing to upright it. She used the hem of her dress to wipe up the spill. "I'm sorry, Timothy."
He smiled a little as she frantically mopped up her mess, not surprised that she'd spilled something. She'd been here for over an hour, after all. "It's all right, Ruby."
She got up and stood in front of him, and he was surprised the tea wasn't dripping from the hem of her dress. "I'll be more careful."
To her credit, when things did go wrong, she always tried to make them right. He realized he'd been too hard on her when she first arrived, and he needed to make amends for that. "We're happy to have you stay with us as long as you want," he said.
Her eyes brightened. "Are you sure? You didn't say that a little while ago."
"Because you surprised me," he said, feeling a little bad that he might have hurt her feelings. "You know I don't like surprises."
She nodded and looked up at him. "I should have told you I was coming ahead of time."
He went to her and patted her shoulder awkwardly. While he was affectionate with his wife and children, he was usually reserved with the rest of his family. Their parents hadn't been very demonstrative, and they were a quiet pair. Ruby and her bright, boisterous personality had always been a challenge for them to understand and accept. "I'm glad you're here."
Her grin grew wide. "I'm glad to be here. And you'll see, Timothy. I've changed. I'm a better person now." She tilted up her chin. "I can't wait to prove it to you."
"Just promise me one thing," he said, his tone turning serious.
"Nee lanterns in the barn." He didn't want to bring that up, but he had to start the ground rules now.
Regret flashed in her eyes, but then it was replaced by determination. "I promise. Yer barn is safe while I'm here."
Dear Lord ... I hope so.
* * *
"The dog ate mei homework."(Continues…)
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A wonderful story!!!
THE TEACHER’S BRIDE by Kathleen Fuller is the first book in the Amish Brides of Birch Creek series. It’s the story of Christian Ropp and Ruby Glick and the little town of Birch Creek. Christian accepted the position of teacher at a little, but growing Amish school to fulfill his dream of being a teacher, to spread his love of learning and to get away from the father who he so greatly disappointed by not following in the family profession of being a butcher and who can’t accept his chosen profession. Christian’s life is orderly and he approaches life logically. However, both those traits aren’t helping him to mark off finding a wife from his list. Ruby is an accident waiting to happen. During her youth she was always having trouble conforming to the Amish rules and was either creating a big mess or a major disaster (like setting a barn on fire – twice). But now she’s an adult determined to change all that starting with finding a husband. With men in short supply at home, she ventures out showing up on her brother’s doorstep unannounced determined to change and achieve her goals. An accidental meeting had both Christian and Ruby finding traits in each other that they admired and that irritated them at the same time. At this first meeting under the big tree, Ruby offered to help Christian learn about women so that he could approach a local girl he thought would make a good wife - Martha. Since his book research hadn’t help him, he agreed to her “tutoring” him at the tree the next weekend. Ruby knew she couldn’t help her sister-in-law and become a midwife, because she couldn’t see blood without passing out. She loved to bake, but couldn’t find a position at the bakery to utilize that skill. When Christian accidently slipped on a marble and badly sprained his ankle, Ruby filled in as substitute teacher for him. That’s when she found out what she wanted to do with her life. She loved children and very good with them. Once she applied herself to teaching this class, she knew she would love to be a teacher. Add to the mix the wonderful part of the story of Christian’s sister, Selah. Friendly one minute and hostile the next, disappearing acts, hatefulness towards Ruby – all a cry for help. Christian finally sees that yes she is an adult, but he is her big brother and he needs and wants to help her. It also takes accepting help on Selah’s part. Love the way the author brings the reality of depression into this story through Selah. Somewhere along the way, Christian and Ruby both start having more than friend feeling for each other. But was that possible? Logical, unemotional Christian and feel from the heart, accident waiting to happen Ruby as a couple? Do opposites attract? Complicated for sure. Funny part of the time and frustrating the other part, but this love story will keep you pulling for them to see what everyone around them seems to see but them. Both are the underdog at times for completely different reasons. Once you learn a bit about their upbringing & youth years, you understand a bit more about how they are who they are. THE TEACHER’S BRIDE is well written story that anyone that loves a clean romance or an Amish story will greatly enjoy. I know I did! Can’t wait for Book #2 in the series. From the epilogue, I think we will be hearing about Seth Yoder in the next installment and I can’t wait.
The Teacher’s Bride is an Amish Romance novel by author Kathleen Fuller. As a child, Ruby Glick was an accident waiting to happen; accidentally burning down the family barn twice. Now that she has come to stay with her brother, Timothy, and his wife Patience, she was making it her goal to prove she has changed. Christian Ropp is the new teacher in Birch Creek. He has four goals he plans to accomplish: secure a teaching job, purchase/build a house, get to know the people of the community, and get married. He easily accomplished the first two. The last two may not be so easy. My favorite character was Ruby Glick because even though she was a grown woman she still had a fun side that enjoyed small things: like blowing the white fuzz off a dandelion. I did feel sorry when she planned a bring your pet to school day and it turned into a disaster. This was an exciting read that fans of the Amish will enjoy, with relatable characters and a satisfying ending. I hope to read the next in the Amish Brides of Birch Creek series, The Farmer’s Bride, set to be available June 2019. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers 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.”
I love a book that makes me laugh as well as draws me into a story that I don’t want to put down and this book does both. I enjoyed the quirky characters of Christian and Ruby and the descriptions of some of their fiascos painted a picture in my mind that had me chuckling and feeling sorry for them at the same time. It was nice to revisit Birch Creek and catch a glimpse of some characters I already love, especially Cevilla. Ms. Fuller steps outside the box of typical Amish fare and makes it inviting and interesting. A great start to the new series. I look forward to reading more in the Amish Brides of Birch Creek Series. I won a copy of this book from a blog and am so blessed I did. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
They say that "opposites attract," and this is certainly true in Fuller's Amish romance. Spontaneous and klutzy Ruby couldn't be more different than OCD Christian. And yet they find themselves with a similar calling as teachers and (eventually) sweethearts. Both of these awkward 20-somethings often have been misunderstood and mistreated by their families, so their growing friendship means more to each of them than they're willing to admit. I love the way they learn from each other and start to hope for their own happily-ever-after. Birch Creek seems to be a good place for that! Kathleen Fuller continues to grow as an author and surprise me with the emotional depth of her stories. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via The Fiction Guild, and was not required to post a review.
The Teacher’s Bride was an interesting story, in that the two main characters were ones who really struggled with how to interact with other people, especially those of the opposite sex. Well, Christian Ropp actually struggled with his interactions with everyone. Although very book smart, he lacked understanding and compassion toward those who didn’t do things as he felt that they should be done. He was a bit hard for me to like for a large portion of the book. I liked Ruby Glick a lot and felt sorry for her when clumsiness or hiccups occurred during intense bouts of nervousness. She was a fun character and I was very happy for her when she finally found something that she could be passionate about and good at. The storyline with Christian’s sister, Selah, was compelling. I was happy to see how the author added it into the book in a way that allowed us to get a more personal view of Christian’s feelings, while also addressing what was going on with Selah. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Another winner for Kathleen! I have read many of Kathleen's books and enjoyed every one of them. When I finish one I'm always anxious to move on to the next in the series, as I am with this one and I see it won't be out until JUNE!!! This was another great story and so many more I can see coming from Birch Creek. Grab a copy and enjoy!
4.5 stars* As soon as I saw The Teacher’s Bride I knew it was one that I would like to read. I’ve always enjoyed books about school teachers in historical settings, so I was pretty confident that I’d enjoy this one about an Amish teacher. I’m certainly glad I picked this one up! One thing about the book that is quickly recognizable, is the fact that Christian is not your typical hero. In fact, it would be more accurate to say that he’s quite opposite of that. He actually strongly reminded me of Sheldon Cooper from the TV show Big Bang Theory. He’s very smart, but lacks “tact” as he’s told the story. Oddly enough, his character is also quite similar to my husband’s, so it was interesting (and annoying at times haha), to see that type of personality in a book. Have you ever made a serious statement that should have a serious response but instead your grammar is corrected? Or have you ever had a conversation with someone who says what’s on their mind before thinking if it’s actually appropriate to say out loud or not? Or they lack knowledge of social norms and ask weirdly for you to explain them? Yes, that’s Christian’s character in a nutshell. Yet despite his odd character, he also grows on you and you can easily see that he has good motives. It actually makes you cheer for him, hoping he gets a happy ending. Have you ever felt so nervous about messing up something that it actually causesyou to mess up? That’s Ruby. She has the purest of intentions and suffers from a lot of guilt from “mishaps” in the past, but you can clearly see that her fear of “screwing up” is often the very cause of it. My heart really latched on to her character, and I greatly hoped for her to find peace and happiness. I really enjoyed this story and was highly engaged throughout. Even with it being a busy week for me I still finished it in only 2 days. Kathleen Fuller is a new author for me, but I’m sure I’ll be reading more from her in the future. I absolutely look forward to reading the next book in the series when it happens to come out. I’d recommend this book to historical fiction and Amish fiction fans. *I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
THE TEACHER'S BRIDE is Ms. Fuller's newest release. I have to admit that at first I didn't like Christian at all, he is a pompous, know it all, nerdy jerk. I couldn't get a feel on Ruby and I was very tempted to give up and not bother with this book. I kept with it (with frequent reading breaks) and then something happened (I won't tell) and my interest was piqued. Ruby had my heart from that moment on, but Christian still had his work cut out for him. I'm not going to lie and say I closed the book with a happy, dreamy sigh, but it did end well, even if Ruby does have her work cut out for her. I don't know if Christian will ever stop being a know it all, pompous jerk, but he did soften up some. And his nerdiness eased. If you love Amish fiction, you will love THE TEACHER'S BRIDE. There is no faith message (some mentions of prayers and that someone quotes Bible verses) and the only kissing is a peck (for those who don't like it hot). This is definitely a clean read that should appeal to the general market. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
Kathleen Fuller never fails me. I know that when I pick up one of her books I’m going to be pulled into a community of people that I can relate too (even despite our vast difference in lifestyle) and appreciate. I adore getting to go back to Birch Creek, and despite the fact that technically I started a new series I’m with my same ol’ friends (I mean even Cevilla made a cameo!). I like that Kathleen focuses several series around the same community. She continues to branch out with new themes with each series while keeping a central cast of characters that are familiar and comfortable. Fresh and familiar are an alluring combination for someone who isn’t keen on change (that would be me :D). I also love that she can dig into some deeper themes while still maintaining a coziness to her writing that is like a gentle reminder that even when things are hard there is still good all around us. And I think we all need to be reminded from time to time that especially when things are hard God has still got us. If ever there was a pair of mismatched people it is Ruby and Christian. Ruby who is so effervescent and truly optimistic that she is not appreciated by those around her. I get her. OK, outside the whole bubbly optimistic thing, I’m more a pessimistic optimist but ya know, moments of square pegs in round holes. She’s scatterbrained and clumsy and just can’t seem to get it right, until she does. I get that. I am that. In running from home to her brother’s so perhaps she can start a future with a fresh start she’s really just trying to run from herself. She just doesn't’ realize it. Location doesn’t magically turn you into a round peg. Thing is, she had to run from herself to find herself. Christian, on the other hand, doesn’t even realize he’s a square peg trying to fit into anything. He’s just a peg. He knows what he knows and does what he does and while he wants to grow a future he doesn’t even get that he doesn’t get it. But thinks that he can learn it from a book. Let’s face it, I could totally be Christian too :D Only thing is that Christian doesn’t need to run from anything, he’s got his mind set and his goals in place. He just doesn’t realize that he can’t achieve them simply by making them, and that not everything can be learned from a book . . . sadly. I loved watching these two disasters figure out life. And each other. I loved that Kathleen stepped away from the traditional cliché idea that only women could be teachers. I mean, I’m sure male Amish teachers are pretty rare but she introduced the idea to the mainstream reader. And she showed the heartache that must come with that, stepping outside the traditional gender roles and away from family expectations to pursue a passion. She also built an intriguing secondary story line with Selah, Christian’s sister, and her struggles to figure out life as well. I enjoyed watching her grow and change. I enjoyed watching her run away from herself as well. I think we all do that sometimes. In trying to figure out this thing we call life, we try to escape what makes it hard when really it’s our own selves just trying to find our matching peg. Sometimes it’s ourselves we are trying to run from and run too. We just can’t seem to see the other side. Another highly recommended Kathleen Fuller book that kept me engrossed in the lives of my Birch Creek family. And the impatient waiting for the next book commences. . . I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compens
I don't think I've ever read a story about two more awkward people before. Ruby is a bit accident-prone. Christian, or Chris, as he's known, is so uptight that at times I wanted to reach in the book and give him a shaking. Add in his standoffish sister, Selah, and at times I thought I was going to lose my mind. But the talented Kathleen Fuller made me end up enjoying these characters more than I ever thought I would as I journeyed with them through acquaintanceship, friendship, and perhaps more. So if you're thinking I didn't like these characters you're wrong. I really liked them. I found Ruby endearing and easy to relate to as she navigated her world. Ruby is an awkward gal and things don't always go the way she intends for them too. But this all just made her so realistic. Christian, while I wanted to shake him at times, entertained me endlessly with his vocabulary. What I liked best about these characters was the way they weren't awkward at all around each other but so at ease even though they didn't realize it. I really liked the way the author brought these characters together and slowly let their relationship form. The story itself is well-written and as she always does, the author pulled me right into the story and kept my interest until the very last word. (And boy does this book have an ending! A nice setup to the next story in series perhaps, Mrs. Fuller?) I found the pace of this book to be excellent as it kept my attention and there was a perfect buildup to the climax of the story. Fans of the genre and the author are sure to love this book. This would be a great introductory book to the author's work for anyone who hasn't yet read any of her books. I can't wait until the next book in the series to see what's in store for the folks of Birch Creek. Grab a copy of this book today. You won't be disappointed! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
Inspiring story filled with doubt, insecurity, realization and love. The characters have great interactions and an intense devotion to family. Found this to be a truly inspirational read. Received a copy from Netgally ; all opinions expressed are my own
The author has us back in Birch Creek, and with some old friends, she has also given us a male, Christian Ropp, teacher, and although he seems to be a bit antisocial, he is looking for a wife. Then we are presented with a young woman who is looking for a husband, Ruby Glick, she has left her home in Lancaster with the hopes of new beginnings. You will chuckle as some of her happenings, some are serious and others are just unhandy, but she is a bit of a klutz! There is a very serious topic that does come up in this story, and it is in every culture and we see that there is help out there. You will be wondering if these two unlikely young people will make a match, or will they each end up with the people they seem to desire. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher