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Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Wordand Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at www.kathleenfuller.com, Twitter: @TheKatJam, and Facebook: Kathleen Fuller.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 Original edition (August 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595548122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595548122
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,033,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 22 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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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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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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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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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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