Friday, January 4, 2019

The Teacher's Bride

The Teacher's Bride

(Amish Brides of Birch Creek #1)

Paperback320 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Zondervan
 (ISBN13: 9780310355076

Beloved and bestselling author of Amish romance Kathleen Fuller reminds us that sometimes opposites really do attract.

"A heartwarming story of unexpected romance woven with fun and engaging characters who come to life on every page."--Amy Clipston, bestselling author of A Seat by the Hearth

If there is one thing Christian Ropp will not allow in his classroom—or his life—it is chaos. So why is he drawn to Ruby Glick, a woman who seems to bring mayhem wherever she goes?

Christian Ropp moves to Birch Creek to accept a teaching position in the rapidly growing Amish community. He’s determined to put the rambunctious school in order as well as check another task off his list: finding a wife. Of course, that would be much easier if women were like textbooks, straightforward and logical.

When an accident puts Christian out of commission, a new community member named Ruby Glick takes over his classroom. But Ruby’s exuberant teaching style clashes with Christian's careful methods and he worries his students will never be the same.

With a track record of catastrophe, Ruby always feels too clumsy, too distracted, too . . . much. Desperate for a chance to prove that she can do more than make mistakes in her life, she throws herself into her new teaching position. But when Christian can’t seem to stay out of her way, she finds herself slipping into old, chaotic tendencies.

What she doesn’t anticipate is that Christian's heart is slowly catching up with his mind—and she, too, must decide whether to follow logic or love.

My thoughts:  THE TEACHER'S BRIDE is Ms. Fuller's newest release. I have to admit that at first I didn't like Christian at all, he is a pompous, know it all, nerdy jerk.  I couldn't get a feel on Ruby and I was very tempted to give up and not bother with this book.  

I  kept with it (with frequent reading breaks) and then something happened (I won't tell) and my interest was piqued. Ruby had my heart from that moment on, but Christian still had his work cut out for him. 

I'm not going to lie and say I closed the book with a happy, dreamy sigh, but it did end well, even if Ruby does have her work cut out for her. I don't know if Christian will ever stop being a know it all, pompous jerk, but he did soften up some.  And his nerdiness eased.  

If you love Amish fiction, you will love THE TEACHER'S BRIDE. There is no faith message (some mentions of prayers and that someone quotes Bible verses) and the only kissing is a peck (for those who don't like it hot).  This is definitely a clean read that should appeal to the general market. 

I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own. 

1 comment:

Marilyn R. said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I prefer Amish books with a strong faith message but will read others that lack this. The Amish are believers and I would like to see all Amish books with a faith message.