“Gift from Above” by author Rachel J. Good is a delightful Amish Christian fictional tale. This is Book Three in her Sisters and Friends Series. I enjoyed the familiar faces from the past two books.
This is the story of Sarah Esther, youngest daughter in her family. Her sister, Emma, is getting married and they are preparing for her wedding. It is also the story of Jakob Zook. He was once Emma’s boyfriend and now taken with Sarah. Their relationship is a sweet yet anxious part of this.
As she was cutting more celery for the wedding, Sarah noticed something most uncommon. A man in a parachute was drifting down in their yard. He says he has broken his leg during the landing and needs help. Could there be more to this man than meets the eye? Will be be able to comply with Mammi’s rules?
This is an unusual yet interesting story that has many twists and turns. The characters are well rounded and easy to imagine. It is a page turner to see what happens when Englisch and Amish worlds collide. However, Sarah was a bit naive and too trusting even for an Amish young lady. The situation could happen to some degree.
Author Good has done a remarkable job taking me out of my reading chair and transporting me to Amish Country. I enjoy her style of writing and the research she does to make her novels realistic. The feisty older characters have become my favorites in her books. They provide humor and wisdom.
This book has life lessons, messages of faith, mystery, romance, and surprises. Everyone will enjoy it. I was thrilled to see a couple of recipes at the end of the book. It would make a nice book club choice because of the spiritual and life lessons. I definitely recommend this fiction selection. It gets a 4 out of 5 star rating from me. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit, but these are my honest words.
About the Book:
Sarah Esh’s peaceful life turns upside down one afternoon when a parachutist crash-lands on her family’s farm. The stranger insists his life is in danger and begs her to keep his presence secret. Sarah’s promise tangles her in a web of deceit that endangers innocent people, ruins her best friend’s reputation, and tears apart the Amish community. After she discovers the man’s true purpose, Sarah must confess her mistake and repair the damage she’s done. But how can she admit the truth to Jacob Zook knowing it will end their relationship?
Although he was jilted by Sarah’s older sister, Jakob finds himself attracted to Sarah’s kindness and honesty. Her innocence and gentle spirit encourage him to open his heart. Then he discovers the deep secrets Sarah’s been hiding—secrets that destroyed his family and now threaten their love.
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 & Promises, Sisters & Friends, Unexpected Amish Blessings, Surprised 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 Heroes, Love’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.
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