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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 (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,855,714 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

Customer Reviews

The story is very well told and the characters are real and believable.
C. Kendall
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good quick read about love and family, and the obsticles that we all have to overcome at some point in life.
Maura E. Prelich
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

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Laura 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 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 Mary Lou Cheatham VINE VOICE on December 22, 2009
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Kathleen Fuller wrote the first book in the trilogy, An Amish Christmas: A Choice to Forgive/A Miracle for Miriam/One Child (Inspirational Amish Christmas Romance Collection). Her contribution to that book is tightly written with excellent use of language. A Man of His Word (Hearts of Middlefield Novels) is another realistic portrayal of life in the Amish world with hints of the Amish language to help us outsiders taste the flavor of the Amish life. It also gives us a chance to look into the hearts of young people who have grown up within the Amish culture with its strict rules and unique mores.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By drebbles TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 22, 2009
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Newly married and pregnant, Moriah Miller seems to have it all. But her world is shattered when Levi, her husband, leaves her and their Amish faith behind. Because she is Amish, Moriah can never divorce and faces a lifetime of being a single mother and unable to marry again. Levi's twin brother Gabriel is more than willing to help Moriah, even if it means hiding his own love for her. In the meantime, Moriah's brother Tobias has his own relationship problems - his friendly feelings towards Rachel are turning into something deeper but he may be too late as she seems to be in love with someone else. Will this brother and sister find love?

"A Man of His Word" is a nicely done novel in the growing trend of romance novels set in the Amish community. Setting the romance among the Amish means the story is very sweet with no sex and little, if any, kissing, yet there is a lot of love and romance in the book. The Amish community is a close knit one and author Kathleen Fuller does an excellent job of showing that closeness as the Amish rally around Moriah when Levi leaves her. There are actually two romances in the book: the Moriah/Levi/Gabriel triangle which is the main romance and the Tobias/Rachel romance (also a love triangle) which is the secondary romance. Both romances are well done with well written characters and readers will sympathize with Moriah as she struggles with her husband's defection while dealing with her pregnancy and ache with Gabriel and his forbidden love for Moriah. However, while their story is a good one, it is also contrived at times as Fuller works hard to deliver a (relatively) happy ending. I much preferred the Tobias/Rachel romance which often made me smile as the two of them gradually realize their feelings for each other are changing. Their romance is very fresh and sweet.

"A Man of His Word" is an enjoyable sweet romance novel.
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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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