About the Book
Book: The Amish Midwife’s Secret
Author: Rachel J. Good
Genre: Inspirational Amish Romance
Release Date: November 27, 2018
“A beautiful story of forgiveness and second chances.” -Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times bestselling author
They won’t see eye-to-eye until they meet heart-to-heart…
Kyle Miller never planned on becoming a country doctor. But when he’s offered a medical practice in his sleepy hometown, Kyle knows he must return… and face the painful past he left behind. Except the Amish community isn’t quite ready for Kyle. Especially the pretty midwife who refuses to compromise her herbal cures and Amish traditions with his modern medicine…
The more Leah Stoltzfus works with the handsome Englisch doctor, the more she finds herself caught between the expectations of her family and her own hopes for the future. It will take one surprising revelation and one helpless baby in need of love to show Leah and Kyle that their bond may be greater than their differences… if Leah can find the courage to follow her heart
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I always enjoy reading stories by Rachel J. Good. First of all, she provides story lines that are different than the norm. Readers in the amish fiction world have been seeing so much repetition lately, that reading one of Good’s stories is refreshing. Second, she provides characters that are flawed. When you read one of Good’s stories, you are not going to read about “perfect” amish people that live in their “perfect” amish world. No, these characters have issues, trials, tribulations, and even fear. Third, Good always provides a sweet faith element that is subtle yet bold. I found all of these and more in the pages of The Amish Midwife’s Secret.
I’m not sure what I liked about this story more, Kyle or Leah. They both had things from their past that they wanted to stay in the past. But doesn’t God have a funny way of bringing those to light in a way that forces us to deal with the issue and start the healing process? Through ups and downs these characters really grew in this story, and quite frankly I think Good wrote it perfectly. It wasn’t an automatic healing. Remember when I said the characters were flawed? It takes them time to sort of things, and sometimes they don’t react well to circumstances. Guess what? That basically mirrors every single one of us unperfect people! I just really enjoyed the way Good wrote the characters this way.
The other part of the book that was interesting to me was the medicinal aspect. I actually learned a lot – yes you can do with with fiction books! I don’t know too much about herbal medicines and such, so it was not only interesting to read, but it made me want to look into it even more. Good has a way of doing that – making you more interested in something you never thought twice about before. In a world that is starting to rely on more of these kinds of treatments, and the big push on essential oils and stuff, I found this fascinating and think other readers will as well.
Would I recommend this book to you? Oh yes, I most surely would. But I would recommend reading the first book in the series before you do. This could probably be read as a stand alone, but I think that reading the first book made this one even more enjoyable! 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 writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. The author of several Amish romance series, she grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her stories. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.
Rachel’s Amish series include Sisters & Friends (Charisma House/Harlequin), Love & Promises (Grand Central), Hearts of Amish Country (Annie’s Book Club), and Surprised by Love as well as several anthologies—Springs of Love, Love’s Thankful Heart, Plain Everyday Heroes—and the Amish Quilts Coloring Books.
Guest Post from Rachel
The Amish and Herbal Remedies
As many of you know, my Amish novels are based on real life. I get ideas from hanging around Amish friends, hearing their stories and observing their lives. I’d never invade their privacy by telling their stories exactly as they happen, but the things I learn trigger plot ideas.
I’ve always been fascinated by the way the Amish approach healing. Once thing I’ve learned is that, although they’re usually willing to visit doctors, they don’t always take the medicines that are prescribed. Instead, they often substitute herbal remedies. That, and several visits to one of my favorite Amish natural products stores, gave me an idea for one of the conflicts in The Amish Midwife’s Secret.
Leah, an Amish midwife, prefers herbal remedies. Of course, that puts her in direct conflict with Kyle, the new Englisch doctor in town, who only believes in science and traditional medicine. Put the two together and lots of sparks fly. Of course, some of those sparks are also of a romantic nature.
Leah is not only a midwife, but her family owns a natural products store. She knows the best herbs for healing. Rather than sending a small boy to the hospital for pneumonia, Leah covers the baby’s chest with a warm mixture of onions and other herbs and spices (some Amish friends prefer raw onion for congestion), and she feds the baby fresh pineapple juice for his cough.
As a doctor, Kyle is horrified. He wants to admit the baby to a hospital at once. And he expects the old country doctor he’s replacing to back him up. Instead, Dr. Hess informs Kyle that many of the Amish go to doctors for a diagnosis, but then rely on herbal treatments rather than prescriptions.
Kyle, who’s been debating about whether to stay in Amish country or move to a big-city hospital, decides to remain in Lancaster and make it his mission to prevent the Amish midwife from harming newborns and their mothers. He certainly doesn’t expect to have his eyes opened to other ways to handle illnesses. But he has to admit, Leah’s methods do seem to work. When a crisis comes, they soon discover that it takes both of them to save a baby.
A extra little secret: Those of you who get my newsletter already know this, but Kyle in The Amish Midwife’s Secret appeared in two earlier books. The Midwife story stands alone, but if you want to know more about Kyle and Emma’s past, you can find it in the Sisters & Friends series, Book 1, Change of Heart, and Book 2, Buried Secrets.
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