Wednesday, November 4, 2015

"A Reluctant Bride" by Kathleen Fuller

{{Sexual Content Warning. Girls under 14 should not read this review.}}

About this book:

  “She never wanted to marry. He hopes to make amends for past wrongs. Can love find a way to heal both of their hearts?
  Sadie Schrock swore she would never marry. All of her other Amish friends could court and marry she was content to manage the family business and eventually take it over when her parents are ready to retire. But all of that changes when a reckless driver kills both of her parents and seriously injures her younger sister. With mounting hospital bills adding to the pile of debt her parents left behind, Sadie is left with no choice: she must marry. And not just any man the man who saw her at her weakest and walked away.
  Aden knows what his brother did to Sadie years ago was inexcusable. And every day since that incident, Aden has lived with the guilt for not intervening sooner. When he is faced with the chance to protect Sadie once again, he can’t let her down even if it means living with the scorn of the woman he loves for the rest of his life.
  Working alongside Aden at the store, Sadie realizes he isn’t the same boy who once betrayed her. Just when Sadie starts to let her guard down and perhaps develop feelings for her new husband, dangerous secrets are revealed. Now everything Sadie has worked so hard to protect is threatened, and she must find a way to save her family and herself.”

Series: Book #1 in “Amish of Birch Creek” series.

Spiritual Content- Psalm 30:5 at the dedication; Prayers; Talks about God, His will & forgives; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; Scriptures are mentioned, remembered & somewhat twisted; A couple mentions of those in the Bible; Mentions of Church, sermons & off Sundays.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’, two ‘idiot’s, three ‘shut up’s, seven ‘stupid’s; Mentions of curses said but not written; A bit of sarcasm; Sol’s drinking & him being drunk is a major part of the plot (semi-detailed); Abuse, hitting & beating are major parts of the story (Emmanuel was beaten by his father and had Sol beat Aden. Lots and lots of Semi-detailed); Lots of fighting, hitting & blood (semi-detailed to detailed); Emmanuel smokes a pipe; A viewing of dead bodies (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of hang overs; A mention of hunting.

Sexual Content- an almost barely-above-not-detailed kiss, three barely-above-not-detailed kisses, a semi-detailed kiss, a detailed kiss, and a very-detailed kiss; Noticing & Smelling (semi-detailed to detailed); Flutters & Blushes (semi-detailed); Touches (semi-detailed); Sol grabs Sadie, touches her & kisses her hard (she kicks him before anything else happens, semi-detailed); *Spoiler* Sol tries to attack Sadie again, because he can, he touches & almost kisses her before Aden hits him. *End of Spoiler*; A couple mentions of a man taking off his shirt (his was just strung by bees); a mention of being married in name only; four mentions of wanting more; seven mentions of sharing or not sharing a bed; eight mentions of a husband’s rights & desires; two mentions of an intimate relationship between a husband & wife (Aden says his father never discussed it, but Aden knows what happens); three mentions of consummating a marriage; After the quick wedding, someone asks if Sadie is pregnant (she’s not); Love, a marriage of convenience, falling in love & the emotions.

-Sadie Schrock, age 22 (Prologue, 16)
-Aden Troyer, age 22 (assumed)
                         P.O.V. switches between them, Sol (4x), Emmanuel (4x) and Patience (2x)
                                                        297 pages

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My personal Rating-

*sigh* I really don’t like giving low ratings, despite what some may think. Compared to the Amish marriage of convenience book I read last week, “The Gift”, was much cleaner than this one of the same genre. The opening prologue takes place when Sadie is 16—so the in the target age of this blog—when Sol touches & kisses her. Needless to say, I did not like Sol at all. Emmanuel just made me plain mad! He’s hiding an insane amount of money, is a major control freak, & beats his sons. (He also smokes a pipe, which I’ve never heard of in the Amish community.) I felt like he was twisting Scriptures with all his talks about putting a wife in her place. The ending was pretty good, in my opinion. And while I’m definitely not overlooking all the kisses & sexual hints, I have to thank the author for not putting a scene in her book of the main characters consummating their marriage. Quite honesty, I’d like to give this book a tiny bit of a higher rating because of that fact and the ending, but I can’t due to all the Negative & Sexual Content in the beginning, middle & 40 pages till the end.

See y’all on Friday 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 Publisher (Thomas Nelson) for this honest review.

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