“Gabriel’s Bride” by Amy Lillard, book review
This is the #3 novel in the Clover Ridge series, so most of the characters are old friends. Gabriel, who is a widower, has been managing his household, until his daughter finally decides to leave to seek advanced education in the English world. She wants to have a job working with animals, perhaps as a veterinarian. This throws the Fisher household into a spiral, as Gabriel tries to do his chores and somehow fix meals and manage the house. But it is just not working.
Rachel Yoder has settled into the Clover Ridge community after coming to live with her aunt following the tragic death of her family. But now she must move again. Her aunt has died and since the farm is mortgaged, the bank is ready to sell it. But where will she go? And she needs to find a place for her diary goat herd.
Gabriel and Rachel decide to work together to solve both of their problems. Rachel will take care of the house and kids for Gabriel. Gabriel will provide a home for both Rachel and her goats. But all is not as simple as it seems.
I have read the other books in this series, but wish the author had given more of a character review early in the book to refresh my memory. There is a lot of closure in some areas that were left hanging in the other 2 books. While most book series end with the 3rd book, this one ends with a cliff hanger, so I am hoping for #4.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, B&H Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.
I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!
I love homemade tacos, shoes, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.
I believe that God is love. I guess that’s why I adore romances.
I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I’m a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that’s me June Cleaver with a laptop.
I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twilight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)
Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Rachel Yoder has two choices: marry Gabriel Fisher or move to Ohio. As an orphan, Rachel doesn’t have much to offer; any match she can make will be a good one. She just didn’t plan on Gabriel with his big hands and permanent frown.
As a widower Gabriel needs help caring for the farm and his six children. But he never thought he’d marry a slip of a girl who barely reaches his chin.
Yet as time passes, Gabriel finds himself thinking about a real marriage. They have spoken vows to God and each other, but can he risk his heart with Rachel?