ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Mindy Starns Clark Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of the inspirational Million Dollar Mysteries, the Smart Chick Mysteries, and three standalone mysteries, as well as the nonfiction books The House That Cleans Itself and A Pocket Guide to Amish Life. Her novels include A Penny for Your Thoughts, Don’t Take Any Wooden Nickels, A Dime a Dozen, A Quarter for a Kiss, The Buck Stops Here, The Trouble with Tulip, Blind Dates Can Be Murder, Elementary, My Dear Watkins, Whispers of the Bayou, Shadows of Lancaster County, and Under the Cajun Moon, plus other books!
Mindy is also the author of numerous plays and musicals which have been performed all over the United States. She has written textbooks, articles, short stories, and more than 75 computer software manuals. A former singer and stand-up comedian, Mindy lives with her husband and two teenage daughters near Valley Forge, PA. She enjoys speaking to churches, civic groups, and libraries across the country. Her unique blend of humor and insight make her an audience favorite.
Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker, and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Novels of 2008 and a Carol Award winner. She is a pastor’s wife and the mother of four young adults. When she’s not writing, Susan writes small group curriculum for her San Diego church. Visit Susan at her website: www.susanmeissner.com, on Twitter at @SusanMeissner, or at www.facebook.com/susan.meissner.
ABOUT THE BOOK
New from bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Groom (Book 1 in The Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives.
Born to an ex-Amish mother and an Englisch father, 23-year-old Tyler Anderson was raised as a military kid until the age of 6, when his mom passed away. His dad, shipping off to yet another overseas post, placed Tyler in the care of his Amish grandparents, an arrangement that was supposed to be temporary. It lasted a lifetime.
Rachel Hoeck is the young woman waiting for Tyler’s proposal. She senses that though he loves her and wishes to make a commitment to her and his Amish beliefs, part of him still wonders whether an Amish lifestyle is truly for him.
When an opportunity to connect with his father unexpectedly arises, a visit to California causes Tyler to question everything, including a future with Rachel. Will the new girl in his life, Lark, cause him to remain in the Englisch world? Or will he choose to be an Amish groom after all?
A poignant novel of hoping for romance and searching for identity, set in a beloved Amish community.
This is the first book I have read by either of these authors but I have heard great things about both of them.
The thing I have to remember about Amish fiction is that it isn’t always as fast-paced as I might like it to be, and that’s okay. I think it goes with the Amish way of life and that’s the way you should read Amish fiction, savoring every detail and word.
The authors do a great job of setting the stage for Tyler’s Amish life in the beginning. It gives the reader a great picture of where he is right now and this internal struggle he is going through.
The book is in Tyler’s point-of-view but a woman reader can easily relate to him. He’s struggling with his identity. Raise your hand if you have had this same struggle. I can pretty much guarantee that every single person has had this same issue at some point in their lives.
If we don’t know who we are in Christ it’s hard to live a satisfying life. Actually, it’s impossible. Tyler is on a mission to discover who God says he is and not who other people tell him he must be. I love that.
I also loved how after Tyler had been praying for God to make things clear and an opportunity arises he totally questions God, thinking this isn’t what he had in mind. Yikes! Isn’t that so relatable? Another example of how God’s ways are not ours and His thoughts are higher than ours.
If you enjoy Amish fiction I think this is one you will want to pick up.
A copy of this book given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.