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In the picturesque Amish community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, life's detours may prove the path to true happiness...
After a buggy accident when she was a teenager, Anna Flaud was told she would never walk again. Unwilling to be an object of pity, she put aside her dreams of marriage and found purpose as an assistant at a Community Care Center. Now she has a chance to fulfill her dearest wish--motherhood--and adopt three siblings with special needs. Yet the opportunity comes with a condition Anna isn't sure she can meet: finding a husband.
Levi King began working at the center as penance after a careless mistake led to tragedy. Though he's dealing with his own heartbreak, he's drawn to Anna, cheering her on as she strives to regain her mobility. Her quiet determination, her generous heart--these are qualities to cherish in a wife. Still, Anna's plans give him pause. Given his past, Levi hardly trusts himself to care for one child, let alone three. Yet together, perhaps they could forge a family made sturdier by all they've overcome...
Marilyn’s thoughts: His Accidental Amish Family is the third book in Good’s Unexpected Amish Blessings series. Anna and Gabe were in the previous book, His Pretend Amish Bride, but had a significant place in this book.
Anna’s move to Bird-in-Hand area brought her in contact with Levi King as her therapist. She had one goal in mind and that was to walk in front of Gabe, her former boyfriend before the accident that left her confined to a wheelchair. Levi is drawn to Anna but his past will not allow him to consider marriage and children. I really enjoyed Levi’s twelve year old brother Jonah that had suffered a trauma which affected him for life. There are twists and turns with the characters that made you wonder how they would come together. Will Anna and Levi be able to move forward and find forgiveness, healing of their broken spirit and renewed faith?
Personally having work with foster parents and foster children, I appreciated the way Good’s incorporation of foster children and the issues they face along with the challenges of fostering children was presented. Good’s research of physical therapy sessions and client’s goals and the foster system are well researched. I was surprised by some of the events in the final chapters but it’s realistic even though some are against the way the story went.
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for the ARC e-book without any obligation to write a positive review. I have expressed my own opinion. I look forward to reading more of Good’s stories in the future.
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
In the early 1970s, I was a member of a megachurch. I sat in the sanctuary every Sunday and worshiped my Lord. The bulletin contained a sheet with seven short devotionals to read during the following week.
I prayed, “Lord, I sure would like to be able to write devotionals.” But I didn’t even know where to start. Plus, my plate was full with raising a family and working.
I later learned how to express myself briefly with a short meditation, including appropriate Scripture and a prayer. At first, the local newspaper published my devotionals. Later, I wrote them for numerous denominational booklets, and today I continue to write them for Pathways to God.
A couple of years ago, I felt God’s call to write a devotional book. I answered His call. The result is The King’s Daughters—A Women’s Devotional.
God doesn’t always give us the desires of our hearts immediately. Sometimes it takes a long time. But He’s always right on time—His time.
Blessings as you seek Him and the desires of your heart.
Father, You are always right on time. Thank You for all Your promises in Your Word and for giving me the desires of my heart. Amen.
B. J. Bassett encourages others as an author, teacher and speaker. Her books include a contemporary novel, Gillian’s Heart; a historical novel Lily; Sweet Charity; A Touch of Grace—The G.R.A.C.E. Ministries Story; and coauthor of a children’s devotional My Time with God, Focus on the Family, Heritage Builders, with over 55,000 copies sold.
As a contributing writer, publications consist of Writer’s Handbook 2000, The Writer, and The Focus on the Family Guide to Growing a Healthy Home, Wolgemuth& Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.—consistently on Bookstore Journal’s Best-selling Christian Books List from November 1990 - February 1991, and voted the 10 Best Books for 1990 by Today’s Christian Woman.
Magazines, devotional booklets, curriculum and newspaper publishers include Focus on the Family, Woman’s World, The Quiet Hour, Pathways to God, Devotions, Harcourt Brace, WordAction, Gospel Publishing and Times Standard (newspaper).
She teaches writing workshops at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR and at writer’s conferences. As a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, she tells her story of rejection and acceptance, not only in life, but as a writer as well. She also offers book talks, including discussion questions and shares the journey -- from the seed of an idea to a published book.
Memberships: ACFW and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW).
She enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, munching warm scones oozing with butter and strawberry jam and sipping earl grey tea.
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