Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Amanda Weds a Good Man" by Naomi King

About This Book

The Amish community of Cedar Creek is celebrating a wedding! When Amanda Lambright, widowed with three daughters, marries Wyman Brubaker, a widower with five children, she envisions joining their two households into one big happy family. But it isn’t quite that easy....
Amanda Lambright loves Wyman Brubaker, and after four years as a single mother, she is grateful for his support and for this new chance at happiness as his wife. She’s confident that their children will get along just fine. But once Amanda’s clan moves into Wyman’s home, the tight quarters and Wyman’s reluctance to make changes to accommodate Amanda cause friction. The older kids are squabbling. The little ones are frequently in tears. Tiny Alice Ann isn’t speaking at all. Amanda and Wyman can’t find any privacy. And Amanda wonders if she’ll ever have a chance to pursue the pottery making that means so much to her.

Amanda believes that family lies at the center of any well-lived Amish life. Can she find the wisdom to guide the reluctant members of her new extended family toward the love that will bind them together?

This book was released in November 2013
This was a well loved library book that was reviewed

My Review

“Amanda Weds a Good Man” by Naomi King is the first book in her 'One Big Family' and is still tightly connected with her 'Home to Cedar Creek' series, and the third book in my 'Need a Flow Chart' series. This does take a different route with an extension of the Lambright family, but all of the characters from the 'Home to Cedar Creek' series are here in this book with that same story-line that is weaved through the other books.

This is a wonderful book that has a Brady Brunch feel to it with an Amish twist. The blending of two families into one very large family has its up and downs, highs and lows, joy and sorrow, and this story is perfect for showing it.  I thought that this was a wonderful story that shows all those problems that any blended family might experience.  Comprises were made, even when things seem to go against the grain at time. 

This is a wonderful different twist on following God's plan as well, for though Amanda and Wyman thought they were doing what they thought was the best for the whole new family, yet things are going haywire until something drastic happens to change their paths.  At times I could see any English couple walking away for things did go extremely rough at times, but within the Amish there is no just throwing the hands up and walking away, for they had to work things out.  Rough patches are there as always but working things out make things so much better.

I love how characters from the other series play a pretty big part of this book as they have in the other books. My heart broke numerous times throughout this book for there were times when things just seemed to be going all the wrong ways.  Then my heart was rejoicing when good things happened.

This is an amazing story that is for sure and I hope all who read it, enjoy it as much as I have this two times I have read it.

Other Books in the 'Home to Cedar Creek' and 
'One Big Happy Family' series

Abby Finds Her Calling
Rosemary Opens Her Heart
Emma Blooms at Last