Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Book Review: Amanda Weds a Good Man

Amanda Lambright and Wyman Brubaker are getting married. After four years as a single mother, Amanda is looking forward to having the support of a good man and thrilled at her chance for happiness. But as soon as Amanda's family moves into Wyman's home, it's plain to see it won't be easy blending their families.

The older siblings are quarreling, the young ones are in tears, and the newlyweds have no privacy. It doesn't help that Wyman has kept the house the same as when his first wife, Viola, was living. His daughter, Vera, isn't keen on changing her mother's house either. Then there's problems with the bishop, who is adamant Amanda discontinue making her pottery that gave her great solace after her first husband's death.

Can Amanda find the wisdom to guide her blended family toward the love that will bind them together?

One Big Happy Family is a subseries of King's Home at Cedar Creek series. As with all Amish fiction I've read, a sense of community plays a huge role in this book, despite the focus of the story being on one couple.

Amanda Weds a Good Man is another fabulous, heartwarming story from King. Though readers of the Home at Cedar Creek series will find many familiar faces in this novel, the main focus is on the challenges Amanda and Wyman face in blending their families. While staying true to the genre, King allows her characters to be pushed to the edge. And though I had faith that all would be resolved by the end, there were moments when I wondered how it was going to happen.

In addition to Amanda and Wyman's story, readers are treated to watching James Graber and Abby Lambright's courting days unfold, catching up with Matt and Rosemary Lambright, and witnessing the potential of a romance for Emma Graber.

The ending, while more than satisfactory, lends itself to another book in the series. I can't wait to see what happens next.

Series: One Big Happy Family (Book 1)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade (November 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451417879
ISBN-13: 978-0451417879

I received a free copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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