Friday, October 30, 2015

"The Gift" by Wanda E. Brunstetter

About this book:

  “Not everyone thinks Leah has a gift…
  Leah Mast and her family have always considered her to have a healing touch and a special gift for reflexology—treating people’s ailments by massaging certain places on their feet. But others scoff at the notion saying that the very idea of curing people of illness through their feet is absurd.
  Adam Beachy is one of those scoffers, even though his own mother used to practice reflexology. And then she left the Amish faith and walked out on her family, leaving his father to rise Adam and his sister alone. Now Adam mocks reflexology and balks at the idea of ever marrying and starting a family of his own.
  When tragedy strikes, Adam is suddenly a father figure to his nieces. He finds himself needing a wife—immediately. Despite their differences, Leah seems the best option to fill that role. Can they hope to find peace and love in a modern-day marriage of convenience?”

Series: Book #2 in “Prairie State Friends” series. (Review of #1, “The Decision”, Here!)

Spiritual Content- Isaiah 30:15 at the dedication (& quoted three times later); Quite a few Scriptures are quoted; A bit of Bible reading; Mentions of those in the Bible; Prayers & mention of prayers; Talks about God & His creation; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of Church & Off-Sundays; Cora hasn’t trusted God since she was a young girl *Spoiler* She asks forgiveness near the end. *End of Spoiler*;
*Note: Adam calls reflexology “hocus-pocus” many times.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: three forms of ‘stupid’ and four forms of ‘dumb’; A bit of sarcasm; Jared talks back & is mouthy to his mother; A few mentions of blood, a mean groundhog & dog with the groundhog’s carcass; Mentions of divorce; Cora left her first husband; Someone dying (barely-above-not-detailed).

Sexual Content- A barely-above-not-detailed kiss; Married couples kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing; Cora’s husband left her for a young woman, after he cheated on her; Mentions of his unfaithfulness; A mention of being married in the physical sense; A mention of wanting more; Two mentions of sharing a bed; Mentions of being a wife in name only; A marriage of convenience; Love, talks about love & sharing love, falling in love & the emotions.

-Leah Mast, age 25
-Adam Beachy, age 29-30
                            P.O.V. switches between them, Cora, Sara (7x), Elaine (5x), Priscilla (3x), Jonah (3x), and Dianna (2x)
                                                        318 pages

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My personal Rating-

I really didn’t like the first book in this series due to the serious plot & sadness in it. Seeing those characters again, felt awkward to me. Especially with how this one ended. I’m not happy with the ending at all. I had a feeling those plot twists would be coming, but I was so hoping I would be wrong! *sigh* This book could have gotten a bit of a higher rating from me had it not played out how it did. The reflexology and humming bird parts were pretty neat, but I wish the cover had shown a humming bird (and two more girls) on it. Overall, it was very clean for a marriage of convenience, which was nice. :)

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

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