Saturday, July 11, 2020

Two reviews of His Pretend Amish Bride and #Giveaway!!!!

About the Book

Book:  His Pretend Amish Bride
Author: Rachel J. Good
Genre:  Amish Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2020
In a small Amish town like Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, one solution to an indiscretion is to get married. Or perhaps, fake a respectable engagement . . .

Priscilla Ebersol has a fulfilling life teaching special needs children—until her boyfriend’s humiliating betrayal ruins her reputation and threatens her job. Shunned for something she didn’t do, Priscilla throws herself into a project on the benefits of camel’s milk for autism. Her research leads her to a newly opened Amish camel farm, where she discovers far more than she bargained for. . .
When a pushy Englisch company shows interest in shy, handsome Gabriel Kauffman’s camel farm, he struggles to get out of a sticky negotiation. Lovely, well-spoken Priscilla appears at the perfect moment and defends Gabe’s business so well that she is mistaken for his wife, a pretense they both secretly wish could be true. But though their bond deepens, Priscilla’s heart is still wounded, and Gabe battles with a troubling secret. And when a misunderstanding comes between them, it will take faith, honesty, and trust in God to overcome the past—and to allow their partnership to blossom into something more.
 Marilyn's Thoughts:  This is an engaging story with characters that faced excruciating hurts and betrayal. Priscilla cared deeply as a teacher for special needs children, including her autistic brother. Gabriel was new to the area with his camel farm and store. Priscilla knew the benefits of camel milk for autism children and went to Gabe’s store after Matthew gave her the shock of her life. She was surprise how an Englischer was portraying herself to Gabe. There was a connection between Priscilla and Gabe with their interest in camel milk benefits to special need children. The pressure to sell his farm to another Englischer and falsified reports brought more drama than Gabe could face alone. Priscilla and her caring ways gave way to opportunities for Gabe to move forward but he had to face the past.

The interwoven drama between the Amish and Englisch, hidden secrets, truth revealed, budding romance, and a God that is always present to provide new beginnings gave this story the winsome qualities I appreciate in Amish fiction. I look forward to the next book in Rachel J. Good’s Unexpected Amish Blessings series.

 I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley and Kensington Book and was not required to write a positive review. I have shared my own opinion.

My thoughts (lvh):  Ms. Good is not your typical Amish romance writer. She develops unique and strong story lines, real-to-life characters and an  engaging voice that draws the reader in. This story includes a pretend wedding and camels, plus a couple special children.

Fans of Ms. Good will want to read  HIS PRETEND AMISH BRIDE. There is drama, secrets, and romance. Don't miss this book!

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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author RACHEL J. GOOD writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. She grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.
Rachel is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – the bestselling Love & PromisesSisters & FriendsUnexpected Amish BlessingsSurprised by Love (2021), and two books in Hearts of Amish Country – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books. In addition, she has stories in many anthologies, including Love’s Thankful Heart, Love’s Christmas Blessings, Plain Everyday HeroesLove’s Truest Hope, and the forthcoming Amish Christmas Twins (September 2020) with Shelley Shepard Gray and Loree Lough. She is also the coauthor of the Prayerful Author Journey: Inspirational Yearly Planner.

More from Rachel

A few years ago, I passed Amish camel farm in Bird-in-Hand, PA. As an author, seeing anything new or different always piques my interest, so I went for a visit. Not only did I explore the farm and store, I bought camel’s milk to drink. I think it’s important to do in-depth research for the settings and information I include in my Amish novels.

I was fascinated to discover camels usually bond to one milker, only give a little milk each day, and are extremely expensive to buy. All of those are reasons why camel’s milk is so expensive. It costs $15 for a pint. Much pricier than cow’s milk.

And if you’re wondering how camel’s milk tastes, the best way I can think of to describe it  is a slightly salty version of powdered milk. It’s more watery than cow’s milk.

Because I grew up drinking powdered milk during my early childhood years when we lived in Africa, I’d always vowed never again to drink it once we moved back to the United States. A vow I’ve kept. That was never a problem living in Pennsylvania, where there’s plenty of farmland, cow, and Amish, of course.

The camel’s milk was enough like powdered milk to make me gag. But because I want to be sure my books are authentic, I drank it. So, readers, now you know how much a I care about you.

My concern for you also extends to more than just getting factual information correct. I pray for each and every one of you as I write my stories. I hope that they will touch your heart and bring you closer to God.

Blog Stops 

The Avid Reader, June 29
Among the Reads, June 30
Bigreadersite, July 9
Pause for Tales, July 11
Lighthouse Academy Blog, July 11 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
Artistic Nobody, July 12 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Vicky Sluiter, July 12


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed copy of the book and $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Kay Garrett said...

Love Rachel J. Good's book! Can't wait for the opportunity to read "His Pretend Amish Bride" which most definitely is on my TBR list. Love the Amish genre and this particular book sound amazing. Since purple is my favorite color, I'm immediately drawn to the cover between her lovely blouse and the lovely couple.
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Emma said...

Though I was not raised Amish, we had a lot of friends when I was young who were. One of them opened a camel's milk farm several years ago.

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a wonderful read.

Caryl Kane said...

Great review! Sounds like a must read. Thank you for hosting.

Jodi Hunter said...

Sounds like an awesome book.

diannekc said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I really enjoy reading Amish fiction and learning about the Amish way of life.

Trixi said...

I really enjoy reading Amish fiction and this book sounds wonderful!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and participating in the blog tour!

James Robert said...

I appreciate getting to hear about a new book. Thanks so much for taking time to share.

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