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Saturday, October 24, 2015

A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller

ISBN: 9780718033156
Publisher's Synopsis:
She never wanted to marry. He hopes to make amends for past wrongs. Can love find a way to heal both of their hearts?
Sadie Schrock swore she would never marry. All of her other Amish friends could court and marry—she was content to manage the family business and eventually take it over when her parents are ready to retire. But all of that changes when a reckless driver kills both of her parents and seriously injures her younger sister. With mounting hospital bills adding to the pile of debt her parents left behind, Sadie is left with no choice: she must marry. And not just any man—the man who saw her at her weakest and walked away.
Aden knows what his brother did to Sadie years ago was inexcusable. And every day since that incident, Aden has lived with the guilt for not intervening sooner. When he is faced with the chance to protect Sadie once again, he can’t let her down—even if it means living with the scorn of the woman he loves for the rest of his life.
Working alongside Aden at the store, Sadie realizes he isn’t the same boy who once betrayed her. Just when Sadie starts to let her guard down and perhaps develop feelings for her new husband, dangerous secrets are revealed. Now everything Sadie has worked so hard to protect is threatened, and she must find a way to save her family—and herself.

MrsK's Review:
 "As she plodded along the road, 
the summer sun pressed down on her sweat-soaked body.
Her dress clung to her back,
and heat radiated from the asphalt beneath her tennis shoes.
She couldn't get home fast enough and into the cool building
that housed Schrock Grocery and Tools."

With God's grace, Sadie survives a devastating encounter with the Troyer brothers. She has known them since she was little, after all their father is the Bishop of Birch Creek. Yet on this summer day, Sadie will vow to let Sol or Aden be near her again. Until that day, six years later, when everything in her life must change.

Sadie's strength is found in her honor. She is a hard worker, she is resourceful, she is loyal and kind. Her love is harbored deep within her soul. Her challenge will be tapping into the overflow of love from those she can trust. Trusting others can be a shattering experience, Sadie must find a path into the blessings of love. Her path will begin with the needs of survival for her sisters and for her self. Her heart will be renewed by a choice in which Sadie will learn that love is a gentle gift.

Aden is a man whom thanks God for small favors. Although he has always admired and appreciated Sadie, his shame has kept him from "striking out" on his own. That is until that moment in the Schrock Grocery and Tool store. That decisive moment of Sadie's need when he had to right the past. His love will be the refreshing gift that will lead Sadie beyond what life has dealt her.

"As Abigail walked away, Sadie leaned against the wall and closed her eyes.
'Make a way for her, Lord... Please, make a way for all of us."
Sadie's sister Abigail will be the one who will help their little sister, Joanna, heal from the devastating accident. While Sadie steps into the role of provider, store keeper, finance manager, and bride. 

Together, Sadie and Aden will discover truths, strengths, weaknesses, deceptions, and faith. Together they have an opportunity to discover a precious gift of hope in a love that will last a life time.    

Sometimes a quiet read is the most deserving moments of gentleness,
Gently Moving
Meet the Author:
Kathleen Fuller 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?
"I received this book for free from the Fiction Guild for this review"
Thomas Nelson

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