Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Amish Widow's Secret by Cheryl Williford

About the Book

Second Chance at Love

Widow Sarah Nolt never expected another marriage proposal. She hardly knows the handsome Amish man who's come to help with her barn raising. Besides, they're both still mourning the loss of their spouses. But Mose Fischer needs a caretaker for his daughters, and Sarah needs to escape her father's oppressive rule. They agree to a marriage of convenience, but when Sarah moves to Mose's Amish community in Florida, she can't help falling for the strong, kind widower and his little girls. To create a family, they'll have to come to terms with their pasts…and the secret Sarah is unknowingly carrying.


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This book released in June 2015
This was a well loved library book that was reviewed
My Review

“The Amish Widow's Secret” by Cheryl Williford appears to be her first published book and I have to say that it was a book that had me hooked by the page 30. I was hooked because my emotions were fully involved in the story by that time.

This is a book that I highly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone looking for a story that is quick and easy to read. There is a complex yet highly simple plot (oxymoron I know but it is true) and the characters are wonderful created. Most times it is pretty easy to see when an author is getting their first story out there for it seems as if something important is missing in their writing even if story is really good, but Ms. Williford's first book didn't have anything missing that I could see other than a warning about the emotional turmoil within the pages.

I haven't read too many marriage for convenience within the Amish genre but this was written very well. Often I don't pay too much attention to the little summary on the back of the book, but there was something that I thought odd about what was said on the back and that was how someone could carry a secret without knowing it, and then by page 100 I fully understood what that secret was. I have to say how it all happened was completely unexpected and lovely twist to the whole story.

Sarah is a young woman who frankly has a lot on her plate, a lot more than what is hinted at with the summary on the back of the book, yet she shows remarkable poise and grace throughout the entire story. That is what made her so spirited for when things seemed to crashing around her completely, she held true to her thoughts and beliefs. Regardless what this woman had been through she held fast to those thoughts and beliefs which showed remarkable strength and courage. Her heart though could have been bitter and cold was warm and open to all around her.

Mose is a man who is willing do to what he must for the sake of his children but only if it feels right to him and if it is what he is called to do. His heart is understanding and patient with all those around him, or at least those he cares for. He has no problem standing on the side that is right but doesn't allow his temper to get the better of him for the most part, but like any man he has a breaking point too which he reaches within the story. It is understandable when he reached his breaking point and honestly it doesn't last long the emotions that fill him at that point in time.

I so enjoyed getting to know Mose and his precious daughters, who have their own understandable issues, and Sarah. As I got to know them, and I really did feel like I was a friend welcomed into the telling of their story instead of characters on a page without their own lives, I couldn't help but love each and every one of the characters. Yes I know I sound crazy about talking about fictional characters has if they are flesh and blood but to me that is what it seemed like as I was reading this book. They had their faults and their strengths without one over powering the others, and they had emotions.

As I said before the plot of the story was complex yet remarkable simple at the same it seems like. Here are two people who have loved deeply now marrying each other for different reasons. One is doing it to give his children the love of a mother, while the other is doing it to escape. The complexity of the story comes in the form of how these two adults who barely know each other, but had loved someone close to each of them in a different way, become friends and more. The simple part of the plot is the desire to make the best of all what their future holds because once married there was no going back.

Truly I recommend this book to all who is looking for that right blend of easy reading and dive head long into a whole new place somewhere different from home.