Apr 27, 2018

The Amish Teacher's Gift by Rachel J. Good Review

The Amish Teacher's Gift
Love & Promises #1
By Rachel J. Good
Release Date: April 24th, 2018
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

A Teacher's Love

Widower Josiah Yoder wants to be a good father. But it's not easy with a deaf young son who doesn't understand why his mamm isn't coming home. At a loss, Josiah enrolls Nathan in a special-needs school and is relieved to see his son immediately comforted by his new teacher, a woman whose sweet charm and gentle smile just might be the balm they both need.

With seven siblings to care for, Ada Rupp wasn't sure she wanted to take on teaching, too. But the moment she holds Nathan in her arms, she realizes she'll do all she can to help this lost little boy. Plus, it gives her a chance to spend more time with Josiah. Falling for a man in mourning may be against the rules, but his quiet strength is the support Ada never knew she needed. And, together, they could have the loving family she'd always hoped for.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

The Amish Teacher's Gift is a beautiful story about Ada Rupp; Ada is not just teacher at the special needs Amish school, but a parent to her siblings, after her mother passed away and her father became sick. And while that is enough work for everyone, Ada is determined to make things work and be the best teacher she can be. 

Josiah Yoder is a widower, and struggling to deal with his young son Nathan, who is deaf, and has violent temper tantrums, but when Josiah takes Nathan to school, a who change comes over Nathan, when he meets his new Teacher Ada, but then again, a change comes over Josiah too.

The Amish Teacher's Gift is such a beautiful story, that in parts reduced me to tears. As I live in Pennsylvania Amish country, I appreciate the realism this book provides, and love the fact that the author brings the characters to life, not just make them one-dimensional cardboard characters.

I give The Amish Teacher's Gift 5 Stars


Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. A former teacher and librarian, she completed her MA from Vermont College while raising five children. She is presently an MFA student at Hollins University. In addition to having more than 2300 articles and 40 books in print or forthcoming under several pseudonyms, she also juggles freelance editing and illustration careers.

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