Wednesday, September 9, 2015

“A Wife for Jacob” by Rebecca Kertz

About the Book

His Perfect Bride

Jacob Lapp has loved Annie Zook since childhood. But she's never seen him that way. Once courted—then rejected—by his older brother, Annie's wary of the Lapp men. But now that Jacob is working at her dat's blacksmith shop, he feels he's been given a second chance. It's no secret Annie wants a husband. Yet she's intent on marrying someone older, more established—someone the opposite of Jacob. Can he ever break down the walls she's forged around her fragile heart and prove to her that he's the perfect man for her?

Lancaster County Weddings: Binding two hearts as one in Amish country

This book was published in March 2015
This was a well loved library book that was used to review

My Review

“A Wife for Jacob” by Rebecca Kertz is the third book in her 'Lancaster County Weddings' but never fear this is also a stand alone book. I dont know why but I chuckled often through the book for an old saying kept repeating itself inside my head as I read the book. The old saying is “Man plans, God laughs” and I have to say that is the situation of this book. Annie planned but frankly nothing worked out like she wanted.

Annie is a young woman who has loved and lost, so now she is determined to see herself married to someone older. While she is waiting for the someone older, she freely gives of herself to her family and those in need around her. Annie is a demur woman who is not about to hunt down the someone older, but she is planning for when the time comes. Annie learns a few things about herself as the story is told, lessons that God had for her and thankfully she is not so stubborn as to not listen to what she is being told.

Jacob is a young man who only wants to help those need his help all the while he is trying to figure out what he wants to do. Jacob is not a lazy man by any means for he jumps in with both feet when an emergency arises and sticks around to help all those who need his help. My heart was drawn to Jacob as he struggled to figure out what to do when things seem to be out of his control, but yet because I knew there was going to be a happy ending my heart didn't break for him.

As I said this story reminded me of the old saying “Man plans, God laughs” for really that is what is happened in this story. There is also learning to speak what is on one's mind before it is too late. Also there is discovery of ones self and how it is important to just keep at it until you find that little niche that is just right.

Truly this story kept me going even though the blurb on the back of the book really misrepresented the story inside. I put this book off until the last minute before returning it to the library because the back of the book blurb was really not that interesting. Here is what I would say if I was writing the blurb:

Jacob Lapp and Annie Zook have known each other since childhood. Annie has never seen Jacob as anything more than a friend and she tried to avoid the Lapp men after being rejected by Jacob's older brother. Jacob is now working in the Zook blacksmith shop which means Annie has no choice about being around Jacob. Annie is searching for a husband, one who is older and established but what happens when her heart tells her something different? Can these two people break down walls that are established while listening to God's will or will they be determined to go along with their own plans?

This is truly a wonderful story and I hope all who pick up the book to read it gives it a shot. I know the blurb on the back is not interesting the story itself was wonderful. It was full of so much emotion that one couldn't help but feel it.