August 20, 2020
Genre/Categories: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Amish/Mennonite, Family Life
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Thanks #netgalley @harlequinbooks for a complimentary e ARC of #theamishnewcomer upon my request. All opinions in this review are my own.
Because of dire circumstances, an English city girl finds herself living in an Amish community with an Amish family. A former television reporter whose career is suddenly jeopardized when she inadvertently witnesses a murder, Leah is living in witness protection without a phone (and its access to 24 hour news) and adjusting to a different culture. Even though Leah is an outsider and is lonely for her friends, routines, and lifestyle, she is warmly welcomed in the Amish community. As she begins to adapt and feel useful, she also develops a friendship and fondness for an Amish bachelor, Isaac.
Writing: The Amish Newcomer is inspirational (uplit) and definitely told from a Christian perspective. The foundation of the Amish community and culture is strongly religious. I feel like the author does a good job here explaining their lifestyle choices as they are integrated with their beliefs. Like all stories, this represents one experience in the Amish culture. It doesn’t seem like the author is an Amish “own voices’ author (although she has practiced and written about self-reliance and preparedness for over 24 years), so I would be interested in reading reviews or reading from other Amish perspectives. The straight forward writing, one timeline, and one point of view help this to be a fast-reading experience. I finished in one day. It’s an engaging and lovely “uplit” and inspirational read.
Character: Leah is a likable character who overcomes a challenging situation. She finds some answers to questions about life that she might not have realized she had. She is conscientious, responsible, innovative, kind, and compassionate.
Themes: Thoughtful and poignant themes include faith, a self-sustaining lifestyle, the simple life, family, community, and second chances.
Recommended: I’m enthusiastically recommending The Amish Newcomer for fans of Christian fiction, for readers who are looking for a light and uplifting story, and for those who love a gently brewing romance (completely closed door). Readers who have a background with the Amish community or are curious to learn more might especially enjoy this.
Thanks to Carla @ Carla Loves To Read for the recommendation.
My Rating: 3.5 (rounded up to 4) Stars
Meet the Author, Patrice Lewis
Patrice Lewis is a wife, mother, homesteader, homeschooler, author, blogger, columnist, and speaker. An advocate of simple living and self-sufficiency, she has practiced and written about self-reliance and preparedness for over 24 years. She is a nationally-published author and contributor to numerous print and online magazines, including WND.com, Backwoods Home Magazine, Countryside, Grit, Home Education Magazine, etc. Her popular blog, Rural Revolution (www.rural-revolution.com) has over 135,000 visitors each month. She and her husband have been married 27 years and have two daughters.
Patrice is experienced in homestead animal husbandry and small-scale dairy production, food preservation and canning, country relocation, home-based businesses, homeschooling, personal money management, and food self-sufficiency. Patrice and her family live on a small homestead in north Idaho with a herd of Dexter and Jersey cattle, chickens, a large Great Pyrenees, and a cranky barn cat.
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