"A Beautiful Arrangement"
By Beth Wiseman
About the Book:
Can Lydia and Samuel find love in their marriage of convenience?
Lydia still can’t believe that she is Mrs. Samuel Bontrager. Or that she is seventeen with a six-month-old daughter. As Baby Mattie grows fussier by the day, Lydia wonders how she will survive a lifetime of marriage to a man she doesn’t love—at least not in the way she wants.
Samuel knows that he and Lydia did the right thing by marrying when Lydia became pregnant. He has even grown to love Lydia, though he never seems able to say the words out loud. What if she doesn’t love him back? After all, she pushes him away whenever he tries to draw closer.
When Lydia and Samuel introduce their mutual friends Beverly and Joseph to each other, they are as envious as they are delighted to watch their friends fall in love. But just as Samuel thinks Lydia might be softening to him, she gets involved in investigating the mysterious past of a local homeless woman—a curiosity that threatens to drive the couple further apart.
The third and final novel in the Amish Journeys series by bestselling author Beth Wiseman explores how wounds from the past must come to light before they can hope to heal.
This third book in Beth Wiseman’s Amish Journeys series may be the last but it certainly isn’t the least! It was the best yet!! This author has a unique storytelling ability that is unlike any other!
The reader is immediately drawn into the lives of the characters in such a way that reality is left far behind. The world passed me by as I sat totally engrossed in this new novel! Every event, emotion and challenge can be felt deeply while walking alongside these vividly described, lovable characters. Lydia is a sweet wife and mother who just cannot believe that her husband can truly love her. After all, a sinful situation led to their quick marriage! Samuel doesn’t have the ability or courage to say the simple words, “ I love you”, resulting in this couple struggling to find happiness. Both husband and wife experienced such inner turmoil, simply because they were unable to say what was in their hearts. It shows us how difficult it is to express one's innermost thoughts. It takes so much faith and courage to do so. Their mutual friends, Beverley and Joseph, are introduced in this tale of the quest for true love. Alongside the searching and desire for love is the mystery of a homeless woman. This author always adds something special to her books to enhance and highten the reader's interest.
The complicated plot is full of twists and turns that have the reader meeting unexpected situations in every chapter. I was constantly fearing that the trust that is a must in a happy marriage would arrive too late! The strong faith of the Amish community shines through loud and clear as this tale is told of a very special young couple. Life isn't simple, even for the Plain People. They experience all of the same kind of problems as you and I. No one is exempt! Faith and trust in the Lord is truly needed by all of us in order to achieve a happy life.
Once again, Beth Wiseman has left a deep impact on my soul. So much to think about! Definitely a five star book!!!
This book was received from Zondervan. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.
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