It’s been forever since I’ve read Amish fiction. I can’t even tell you why, because I really enjoy it. When the opportunity to review Rachel Good’s new book came I jumped at the chance. I always enjoy her stories, and I just wanted to get back to reading a genre that I used to devour. Funny how our reading moods change from time to time, isn’t it?
ABOUT THE BOOK
In a small Amish town like picturesque Lancaster, Pennsylvania, one solution to an indiscretion is to make a good marriage. Or perhaps, fake a respectable engagement . . .
Priscilla Ebersol has a fulfilling life teaching special needs children—until her boyfriend’s humiliating betrayal ruins her reputation and threatens her job. Ostracized for something she didn’t do, Priscilla throws herself into a project on the benefits of camel’s milk for autism. Her research leads her to a fledgling local camel farm, where she discovers far more than she bargained for . . .
When a pushy Englisch company shows interest in shy, handsome Gabriel Kauffman’s camel farm, he struggles to get out of a sticky negotiation. Lovely, well-spoken Priscilla appears at the perfect moment, and defends Gabe’s business so well that she is mistaken for his wife. It’s a ruse the two quietly continue, all the while secretly wishing it could be true. But though their bond deepens, Priscilla’s heart is still wounded, and Gabe battles with a troubling secret. And when a misunderstanding comes between them, it will take faith, honesty, and trust in the future to overcome the past—and allow their partnership to blossom into something more . . .
This was such a unique Amish story, that included camels of all things! The thing I enjoy about Rachel Good’s stories is that they are different than your typical Amish story. Here we have a young Amish woman who is keeping this enormous secret, one I personally felt she shouldn’t have kept. And yet in keeping it, it made the storyline that much better. Priscilla sacrificed so much by keeping this secret, and it showed a lot of her character – in a good way. I’m not sure I would have been able to do it.
Then you add Gabe to the storyline. Oh sweet Gabe. He had a secret of his own, which I did NOT see coming AT ALL. Wow, Good really got me on that one, and I loved it! Anyways, Gabe tried so hard to be strong, and in some ways he was. But at the end of the day he was shy, or at least had trouble speaking up for himself. At first I was annoying that Priscilla would kind of swoop in and take over, but as I continued the story, I found myself really enjoying their relationship – each one of them contributed their strength and they really were best when together.
It’s been awhile since I’ve read an Amish story, and I was glad to have one in my hands again. Good managed to teach me, intrigue me, and keep me turning the pages. With camels (I still can’t get over that!), special needs children, love, twists and turns, His Pretend Amish Bride was an enjoyable story. Amish fiction fans will love it!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Inspirational author, Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish romances, and she frequently visits Amish friends, who help to ensure the accuracy of her novels. She is the author of more than 2300 articles and 50 books in print or forthcoming under several pseudonyms. The first book in her Love & Promises series (Grand Central), The Amish Teacher’s Gift, spent five weeks on the BookScan bestseller list.
A former teacher and children’s librarian, Good completed her MA from Vermont College while raising five children and is presently completing her thesis in the Hollins University MFA program. In addition to balancing freelance editing and illustrating careers, she teaches writing and creativity classes.
A member of RWA, ACFW, ALA, and SCBWI, Good speaks regularly at civic events, schools, libraries, and conferences across the country. More information about Rachel can be found at: