Review: A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller

When tragedy strikes an independent Amish woman, she must accept a marriage proposal from the man she vowed never to marry.

As the oldest daughter in an Amish family, Sadie’s life was mapped out since the day she was born. She would join the church, marry an Amish man, and eventually she and her husband would take over her family’s store. But when her parents unexpectedly die in a buggy accident, her life goes into a tailspin. Determined to keep her parents’ legacy alive, Sadie works harder than ever to provide for herself and her younger sisters.

However, the bishop is unwilling to let a young woman manage the property and business all on her own. He gives Sadie two choices: marry his son, Aden, or relinquish the business and land to the community. Not willing to give up on her dream, she weds Aden, resigning herself to a loveless marriage.

But while working with Aden at the store, Sadie realizes he isn’t the same boy who had betrayed her in the past. In fact, she begins to look forward to the time they spend together, getting to know the man with a kind heart and gentle smile. Just when Sadie starts to let her guard down and perhaps develop feelings for her new husband, several 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.

Rating: 4/5

A Reluctant Bride is an enjoyable read, with a well developed plot and solid characters. 

Sadie is the eldest of three sisters whose parents perish in an accident that leaves the youngest sister with life threatening injuries and requiring intensive therapy at a hospital outside their close knit community. Sadie agrees to send both of her sisters to stay with distant relatives while she manages the family business and tries to keep things on track at home.

The local bishop is a hard man, and greedy. He threatens Sadie and tells her that she must either relinquish her parents legacy or marry one of his sons. 

Aden is the younger son of the Bishop, and has always had a soft spot for Sadie even though she has always kept her distance from him and his brother. He wishes that he wasn't such a coward and had stood up to his brother that day in the cornfield. 

Can Sadie and Aden work through their differences and their hurts? Do Sadie's sisters accept her marriage to Aden? Does the Bishop get his hands on Sadie's legacy?

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 8 September 2015
Format: Paperback
RRP: $15.99 USD

I received an ebook from the publishers via Netgalley for the purposes of a review, this review is my own personal view and is not required to be positive.

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