About the Book
Title: The Amish Teacher’s Gift, Book 1 of the Love & Promises Series
Author: Rachel J Good
Genre: Amish Romance
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Widower Josiah Yoder wants to be a good father. But it’s not easy with a deaf young son who doesn’t understand why his mamm isn’t coming home. At a loss, Josiah enrolls Nathan in a special-needs school and is relieved to see his son immediately comforted by his new teacher, a woman whose sweet charm and gentle smile just might be the balm they both need.
With seven siblings to care for, Ada Rupp wasn’t sure she wanted to take on teaching too. But the moment she holds Nathan in her arms, she realizes she’ll do all she can to help this lost little boy. Plus, it gives her a chance to spend more time with Josiah. Falling for a man in mourning may be against the rules, but his quiet strength is the support Ada never knew she needed. Yet with no time to court and a family secret holding her back, how can she allow herself to fall in love?
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It is rare for me to read an Amish fiction book with a single disabled child in it, so I was surprised to see a classroom for disabled students. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go and I was concerned that it would be a little too different for me to enjoy or feel like Amish fiction should be. I was wrong, totally wrong. I loved this book. In fact, I devoured it. The pages wouldn’t turn fast enough for me to read more about Nathan and Josiah. I fell in love with Nathan the first scene I read with him, as odd as it sounds. He was this child who needed someone to understand him and love him the way he was. It was such a joy to see his character grow, mature, and become the sweet boy I knew he could be.
The characters were real, showed raw emotion, and received my complete empathy from the start. Both Josiah and Ada had to deal with so much in their short life spans, and you couldn’t help but feel sorry for them. But they don’t want your sympathy, or anyone else’s for that matter. They are the kind of character that I love to read about. They put on a strong front, don’t want some one to help them (well they won’t admit to it anyway), and give you glimpses every now and then of what they are truly feeling – terrified and flustered! Rachel J Good does a fantastic job of giving you little pieces of their background at a time, making you want more.
I have to commend on Rachel J Good on the research she must have done for writing this book. Multiple forms of disabilities are represented in this book, and Rachel did a fantastic job in representing them all. It wasn’t just the way the disabled characters needed to act, it was the way the caregivers needed to act around them and the way other non disabled people acted around them. Not only is Rachel researching the Amish culture and disabled children, but she figured out how to write about them working together. It is powerful, moving, and brilliant.
If ever there was an Amish fiction book for you to read, This. Is. It. No joke. I hope that there are more books like this in the future from Ms. Good. If there is, I will be first in line to get them! 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
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 farm and attending family events. Rachel loves to travel and visit many different Amish communities.
Rachel is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – Sisters & Friends series, Love & Promises series, and two books in the Hearts of Amish Country series – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books and the contemporary novella, Angels Unaware, part of the Hope Chapel series. In addition, she has stories in the anthologies Springs of Love and Love’s Thankful Heart.
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Guest Post from Rachel J. Good
Sometimes as an author, stories call to you and beg you to write them. This story first tugged at my heart after I spent time with an Amish friend’s special needs child. I thought about writing a book to show how the Amish treat each child as a gift from God. After meeting a hearing-impaired teen girl with Down’s syndrome and seeing how she was encouraged to live up to her potential, the idea grew stronger. This girl later became Martha in the book.
Then at an auction, I watched a young Down’s syndrome boy help the auctioneer by delivering the goods to the bidders. His straw hat tilted a little crookedly, but with a broad smile on his face, he carefully matched items with the correct bidder. He looked so proud of himself and proud to be able to do such an important job. I sat there at the auction and jotted notes for the novel.
Once I knew the topic of the novel, I began my research by visiting Amish schools for special needs, attending auctions to support them, and touring the Community Care Center, where Amish and Mennonite children and adults with special needs get amazing help. The young man in the wheelchair who showed us around was an awesome guide. We peeked into an exercise room, a therapy room, a craft room, several classrooms, a cafeteria, and my favorite—a multi-sensory environment. This room with dark walls lit only by a small row of twinkling Christmas lights had a ball pit (with the plastic balls like some fast food restaurants have in their play areas), a plush recliner, blankets, headphones, and a hammock. Autistic children at the center found this room a great calming atmosphere. I knew this room had to have a place in the book.
I visited a teacher who taught autistic children and learned a lot about programs, therapies, and teaching techniques. After learning the cutting edge techniques she used, I was surprised to realize that the Amish had adopted quite a few of them for their classrooms. I chose a hearing-impaired boy for the hero’s son because I had a nephew with hearing problems, so I could incorporate some of the struggles he had into the story.
I wanted this series to be about the healing power of love, so each book will deal with a different type of healing. When something touches my heart like this, I always pray it will touch the readers’ hearts too.
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