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A Man of His Word (Hearts of Middlefield Series, Book 1) Paperback – August 31, 2009
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Even though the book is set in Amish country, the Amish words are used only enough to give an authentic flavor to the characters. The main plot revolves around a young woman who marries within the community only to be left by her new husband four months later when he leaves the church. There are suspenseful twists to the plot with some sad surprises, but there is restoration at the happy ending.
The secondary plot involves a tempestuous young romance that has a few surprises too. All in all, a good read.
You have a man who has left his wife and his faith for another woman, yet he does it so casually, and leaves only a short note. Not realistic. The author missed a wonderful opportunity to get some emotional value into the book and deal with the real issues. It is never explained with any viability why Levi left his new wife. If he wanted to go, why did he marry her in the first place? Because he "hoped being married would make it go away?" Not good enough.
All that said, I will give the author kudos for an excellent plot idea, if executed without verve, and will read more of her work.
Related to that, the final third of the book just dragged on. You knew Moriah and Gabriel would end up together, but she's being stubborn, and Gabriel's distressed, and she's working out her worries and running herself into the ground, and Gabriel reaches out to her, and she resists him, repeat, repeat, repeat. The last third just seemed pretty repetitive to me.
In addition, a significant portion of the book actually focuses seperately on another couple's romance. I just didn't find their relationship that enjoyable, and often not that believable. Sometimes it seemed like a modern sitcom was just plopped down into Amish clothing for their scenes.
I did finish the book, though it was hard not to skim by the end. It was okay, but I won't be keeping it and wouldn't have any interest in reading any sequels. I'd recommend this only for those wanting very light reading wanting to kill some time. There are, however, better books out there in the Amish genre, such as Leah's Choice: Pleasant Valley Book One which I gave a 5-star review.
Having found Fuller's part of An Amish Christmas: A Choice to Forgive/A Miracle for Miriam/One Child (Inspirational Amish Christmas Romance Collection) a sparkling piece of writing, I expected the same of A Man of His Word (Hearts of Middlefield Novels) When I received the book, I found on the back cover a summary of the book. Little was left in the plot to surprise me. The strongest element of the story was the characterization. Moriah is a lovable altruistic young woman, who is believable even in her perfection. Her struggles with the conflicts she faces provide the impetus that keeps the novel progressing.
Comparison and contrast always add interest to a story. The clever portrayal of twins adds intrigue to the romance.Read more ›
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a touching sorry, with love, kindness, and patience the Lord bless over what you expected
Well worth the couple of days it took to read. Very heartwarming. Never give up on the one you love.Published 1 month ago by mfagamache
Loved this & cannot wait to read the others in the series!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was great reading an Amish novel with an interesting plot. Great read!! I'll surely read the rest of this series!!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed reading this story. I had a very hard time putting it down. I loved all the charactersPublished 8 months ago by Kay Calvey
This is the first book that I read from Kathleen Fuller.I will be reading more of her books..This is a good story about how things in our life don't always go smoothly.... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rita Navarre