Butterfly Garden: A Sensual Amish Historical Romance Kindle Edition
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-- Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of Thee, I Love
"Answering gruff Adam Zuckerman's summons, Amish midwife Sara Lapp assumes that she is to assist in the birth of Abby Zuckerman's latest child. She arrives to find Abby dead, the baby already born, and Adam determined to give his four young daughters into her care. Spinster Sara agrees to take the girls--for a time. Then Adam is injured in a drunken fall, and Sara and the girls move in to care for him, prompting the Amish elders to insist that they marry or be shunned. The results are predictable, but it takes Adam a long time to come to terms with his reservations. A giving, intelligent heroine, a conflicted hero, and a quartet of adorable girls will charm their way into readers' hearts in this heartwarming, leisurely paced story, one of several romances featuring the Amish to hit in recent months. With a goodly amount of cultural but not necessarily religious detail, this story will appeal to historical and some inspirational fans who like their romances sexy and romantic but with a gentle, introspective touch. Blair (The Kitchen Witch) is a seasoned writer of both historical and contemporary romance; she lives in New England."
--Library Journal, April 2005 (Library Journal 20050401)
"The Butterfly Garden tells and exceptionally moving tale of life and love in a community apart from the mainstream but with humanity in common with the rest of us. Sara is totally sympathetic as a heroine; who could help but her with a feisty, yet caring and giving nature. Adam on the other hand, evokes as much or more sympathy, but you?d still like to give him a good shaking. Two characters from the past show up that test him even more. Yet, when faced with emergencies, Adam rises to true heroism. Two protagonists face many conflicts, internal and external, that give richness and suspense to The Butterfly Garden."
--Romance Reviews Today, April 2005 (Romance Reviews Today 20050401)
"The author, Annette Blair, has a real writing talent. She inserts tiny things that the reader does not immediately notice, but makes the reader come to care for the characters as if they were kin. You may need tissues nearby at some points of the story. Another award winner that I cannot recommend highly enough."
--Huntress Reviews, March 2005 (Doody Enterprises 20050301) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00NR4R9ZU
- Publisher : ABA LLC; 3rd edition (September 19, 2014)
- Publication date : September 19, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1075 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 307 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #643,087 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I almost felt like the Amish theme was an afterthought. There certainly did not seem to be much that was Amish about this book, certainly not the wholesome, God-fearing, devoted Amish that I am used to reading about in this genre. I really wish there had not been so much swearing. (both words written out, and references to the characters cursing) I understand there can be great grief and heartache, and I can appreciate what others have said about this book being having real characters with real, raw emotion. The story itself could have stood so well on its own, without all the sex stuff and cursing. I think this just went too far.
I thought the sensual material was well written and not crude. Most everything fell within the confines of marriage. God created people to have sexual feelings, and the Amish are no different. Because most of the Amish books I've read before have had more to do with the Amish religion and the rules of the Ordnung, I can see why some thought this book was over the top. However, I found it quite real. If it embarasses you to read passionate scenes, this might not be for you.
The dialogue seemed a bit modern for this to be set in the 1800s. Amish generally speak a lot of Pennsylvania Dutch and/or German, even more so in the 1800s I would believe. It can be cumbersome to read, however, so maybe the author chose to do it this way to make it easier for the reader. That being said, the characters in this book used the word Mommy for the mother which is not typical at all.
Most of the characters were well developed and the story didn't play out too quickly and too neatly. I liked the fact that the main female character was strong and not timid and so submissive that she was a doormat. I would have liked more detail about Roman as I found it hard to connect with him and understand his personality. It was kind of the same with the doctor, although I see the set-up for that to be its own book.
It was hard for me to understand the story line of a mother not protecting her young son. We all know that in real life, there are mothers who don't protect their children, but it just seemed a weak excuse to say "he was strong". He was five! I don't believe five year olds are as mature as the author made Adam's character to be.
Several reviews refer to the cursing. Yes, there were some swear words - mainly the word "damn", but God's name was not taken in vain and there were no F words.
This is the first book by this author that I've read. Personally, I enjoyed it, and I look forward to reading more of her work.
Also, Adam seemed to curse a lot. Again, I know Amish aren't perfect, but I would have preferred sticking to a more traditional Amish attitude. Cursing doesn't bother me, I would just have preferred less about Adam being portrayed as cursing that much.
Also, when Adam was walking through the snow trying to find Sara, he seemed to run into a lot of people "on the road." Either he walked a VERY long way or they lived much closer to other people than indicated earlier in the book.
I did like that this was a sensual Amish story and not your typical religious Amish story. I think that if Annette Blair can get a few things ironed out to be a bit more accurate, I think she's really onto something. Amish stories are a very hot market right now and adding a sensual component will open this genre up to whole new audience.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it could have been a VERY good book with just a few tweaks. I found the writing to be very good with no glaring errors in the writing. I will try more of Ms. Blair's books and look forward to more sensual Amish romances!!!