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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 Original edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595548122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595548122
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, The Mysteries of Middlefield. Website: www.kathleenfuller.com Twitter: @TheKatJam Facebook: Author Kathleen Fuller


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I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and currently live in Geneva, Ohio. I've been married to James for 21 wonderful years (really, they have been wonderful!) We have three terrific children, three dogs, and have raised cattle, pigs, and chickens at various times over the years. We would have gone into the goat business, but I had to draw the line somewhere. I started writing in 2000, and published my first short story a year later. Since then I have authored several short stories, novellas, novels, and have done a lot of freelance non-fiction work. I have also worked as an editor. I have a Masters degree in Special Education, emphasis on teaching the blind and visually impaired, and a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I have taught all age groups ranging from age 4 to age 21. A few of my favorite things: my relationship with Christ, chocolate (of course!), autumn, a satisfying book, good friends, a sense of humor, people who don't take themselves seriously, haunting melodies, NFL football, and did I mention chocolate?

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The story is very well told and the characters are real and believable.
C. Kendall
I have read other Amish fiction, and it's always interesting to get a glimpse into such a different way of life.
R. J. Carpenter
It tells us how life can be so very cruel and how praying to God can and will help us find love and happiness.
Joanne L. Gonzalez

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Romano VINE VOICE on September 17, 2009
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This is an enjoyable and satisfying romance novel that cleans up all of the loose ends of the book's plots at the end. The reader is not left wondering what happened to supporting characters, and all major questions that arise in the book are answered by the time the last page is reached.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daring Di VINE VOICE on September 10, 2009
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This story is plodding in places and the characters are not fully developed. The hero, Gabriel, is stiff and wooden while the heroine, Moriah, is a bit wishy-washy and clueless. I think most women--even good Christian ones--put face-to-face with the "other woman" would be angry, would show some angst. Was the author afraid of giving offense by showing Amish characters as real people? Amish are genuine and vibrant and don't always control their emotions--especially under the duress depicted in this book. In other words, they are human!

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheProf VINE VOICE on September 6, 2009
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I must to admit to loving Beverly Lewis's stories of the Amish. So I was intrigued to find a new author's vision of the Plain life. Rather than Pennsylvania, Kathleen Fuller sets her story in Ohio's Middlefield Old Order Amish community. The plot is simple but well developed with characters you feel for. Moriah's storyline, the woman whose faith is unshaken even in the midst of a cheating husband, is strong but there is a wonderful side story that wasn't mentioned in the description. Moriah's younger brother Tobias, has a secret crush on his childhood nemesis, Rachel. Their storyline is delightful, fraught with tension and frustration, but ultimately you seem mature and grow.

There were a few grammar and spelling typos but they may be fixed with subsequent editions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karina Harris on August 22, 2009
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I just finished reading Kathleen Fuller's novel, "A Man of His Word". I have never read a book set in the Amish country, because I didn't imagine it would be very interesting. I will admit that I was delightfully surprised at how quickly I became engrossed in this story. It didn't take many pages to realize that the simple lifestyle of the Amish does not equal a dull story.

Ms. Fuller does a fine job of weaving a touching tale through lovable characters and honest emotions. She portrays the Amish way of life in a manner that truly puts the reader in that setting. Fuller's characters struggle with the same deep emotions many of us have faced in our own lives; questioning God's will during times of crisis, struggling with love, betrayal, and heartache. It was refreshing to read how these characters dealt with their troubles in a manner often foreign in our non-Amish world.

As I raced to the end of the story, trying to predict how the author would resolve the emotional and relational conflicts the characters faced, I was never bored. Although I knew what the end would be, I enjoyed the way Fuller brought the story to its conclusion.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a quick, easy read on a lazy afternoon when there are no interruptions to take one out of the world that Ms. Fuller so completely and charmingly pictures for us.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By HeatherHH on September 5, 2009
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This book just wasn't very enjoyable to me. It fell short of my expectations, even for light reading. First of all, from the back cover blurb, you know as you begin the book that Moriah's husband Levi is going to leave her and the Amish faith, that she's going to be pregnant, and that her husband's twin brother Gabriel is going to hang around, and for them to end up together, something is going to happen to Levi. There isn't much surprise left in the book. So many portions of the book feel like you're just waiting for the stuff to happen that you already know must happen.

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.
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