Friday, February 17, 2017

The Amish Groom by Mindy Starns Clark & Susan Meissner

Born to an ex-Amish mother and an Englisch father, 23-year-old Tyler Anderson was raised as a military kid until the age of 6, when his mom passed away. His dad, shipping off to yet another overseas post, placed Tyler in the care of his Amish grandparents, an arrangement that was supposed to be temporary. It lasted a lifetime.
Rachel Hoeck is the young woman waiting for Tyler’s proposal. She senses that though he loves her and wishes to make a commitment to her and his Amish beliefs, part of him still wonders whether an Amish lifestyle is truly for him.
When an opportunity to connect with his father unexpectedly arises, a visit to California causes Tyler to question everything, including a future with Rachel. Will the new girl in his life, Lark, cause him to remain in the Englisch world? Or will he choose to be an Amish groom after all?

After just finishing the Women of Lancaster County, I was excited to delve into the Men of Lancaster County. I was caught off-guard right away because the book is told from the man's viewpoint. Uncommon, but not unheard of and frankly a nice change of pace.

Tyler was born to an Amish mother and a military father.  When his mother dies when he is young, he is taken in by his Amish grandparents while his dad finished his tours in the military.  After time passes, his dad has remarried and had another son. It's at this time he gives Tyler the option to return with him or continue being raised with his grandparents. Tyler is still a child but he decides to remain where he is.

Many years forward, Tyler still hasn't joined the church because he feels like he is missing something. Even though he loves Rachel, he can't commit to marrying her until he joins the church. He prays to God to give him a sign of what to do. His answer is his dad calling from California needing someone to sit with Tyler's younger brother while he is away on business.

This time gives Tyler the chance to experience life without his community. He's hoping it will give him more time to spend with his brother and maybe give him the answers he is seeking.  But there are several curveballs thrown into Tyler's orderly plan and he will need to follow his heart and his faith to find what he is looking for.

A great addition to the Lancaster series. I really enjoyed seeing Tyler in the English and the Amish world and how he acted/reacted in both.  The characters were all believable and the story moved along at a good pace. I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.  

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Wendy

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