A Mother for Leah
Rachel L. Miller & Naomi Miller
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Will Leah Fisher find love because of a buggy accident?
Could love soften her heart so that she is able to see her answered prayers in Naomi Yoder or will she drive a wedge between her father and the only woman he has shown interest in since Elisabeth Fisher's death?
Leah Fisher lost her mother ten years ago. She is rapidly approaching womanhood and the lack is becoming more difficult every day.
Will she be able to recognize love when it's right in front of her?
Could love soften her heart so that she's able to open her heart to the woman her father intends to marry... or will she stubbornly cling to the memory of her own mother?
Will Leah be able to let go of her own ideas and realize that God truly does know best for her or will she allow love to slip through her fingers, destroying Samuel Fisher and Naomi Yoder's happiness at the same time?
First book in Windy Gap Wishes series!
A Mother for Leah by Rachel L. Miller is the first story in a Windy Gap Wishes series. Leah Fisher lost her mother when she was seven years old. Her father, Samuel is worried about Leah as she approaches adulthood (ten years have passed by). She stays close to home and does not attend other young people events. Samuel has decided it is time he found a new wife (frau) who will help guide Leah into womanhood. Samuel leaves the house one morning leaving Leah at home. He is traveling to a nearby town to look for a wife (makes me imagine a store with eligible young women waiting for a suitor to come along). On his journey Samuel encounters a buggy at the side of a road with a passenger inside. Samuel finds Naomi inside the buggy and escorts her to her aunt’s house where she will be residing. Naomi felt God was calling her to Windy Gap to find a new husband. Samuel is instantly attracted to the widow (and vice versa, of course). While Samul is away, a young man knocks at the door needing assistance with his buggy (methinks it is the same buggy). Leah’s brother takes off to help Jacob, but Leah remembers the young man long after he is gone. Love has arrived at the Fisher household, but the path to happiness is will not be a smooth one.
A Mother for Leah is easy to read (I always try to start with something positive). It is a simple story about love and faith. However, I felt it was geared for a younger audience. The writing reminded me of books written for young adults. Jacob meets Leah and falls instantly in love. Jacob then comes a courting (after I wrote this the song “Froggie Went A-Courtin” started running through my head). Samuel and Naomi instantly connect and start talking about marriage on the first date (this is at the beginning of the book—I am not spoiling anything for you). My rating for A Mother for Leah is 3 out of 5 stars. The story is told from the main characters point-of-view (it switches between Jacob, Leah, Samuel, and Naomi). I wanted more depth and substance in the book. I felt the book was a sappy romance. I cannot see a widower (in his late 30s or early 40s) blushing when he looks into Naomi’s beautiful brown eyes (this is in the book). I found information repeated and a great deal of time devoted to internal dialogue (people thinking about love). The words “God’s Plan” and “God’s Will” were mentioned too often (we get the point after the first three times). Amish words were sprinkled throughout the text. I know they are meant to add Amish color or authenticity to the story, but it felt forced (odd). Especially when the same word is used (gegisch). A Mother for Leah is a clean Amish romance that would a good book for younger readers.
This is one that I thoroughly enjoyed. The author has written a story with wonderful characters and a beautiful story line. Leah's story is a combination of family devotion, faith and romance. that pulled me in from first pages. The author's writing made me feel as if I were part of the community. It is also a inspiring story showing how God works in the lives of his children and bring blessings above what we could imagine. I was given a copy of this book by the author, but a positive review was not required. The opinions are expressed are my own, and this is a book that I definitely recommend to the reader that enjoys good Amish fiction.