Sadie Schrock swore she would never marry. All of her other Amish friends could court and marry—she was content to manage the family business and eventually take it over when her parents are ready to retire. But all of that changes when a reckless driver kills both of her parents and seriously injures her younger sister. With mounting hospital bills adding to the pile of debt her parents left behind, Sadie is left with no choice: she must marry. And not just any man—the man who saw her at her weakest and walked away.
Aden knows what his brother did to Sadie years ago was inexcusable. And every day since that incident, Aden has lived with the guilt for not intervening sooner. When he is faced with the chance to protect Sadie once again, he can’t let her down—even if it means living with the scorn of the woman he loves for the rest of his life.
Working alongside Aden at the store, Sadie realizes he isn’t the same boy who once betrayed her. Just when Sadie starts to let her guard down and perhaps develop feelings for her new husband, several dangerous secrets are revealed. Now everything Sadie has worked so hard to protect is threatened, and she must find a way to save her family—and herself.
One of my favorite genres is Amish romance but, at times, it seems the plots are very similar from book to book. I was pleasantly pleased with how A Reluctant Bride created a romance, but with a twist.
A Reluctant Bride tells of an Amish maiden who, during her teenage years, was sexually assaulted by a male member of the Amish faction. The male's brother knew that something terrible was happening but did nothing to help. Because of that, Sadie becomes withdrawn and has no desire to court or become married. She also harbors resentment for Sol and Aden, the two men who destroyed her trust.
Later in the years, Sadie's parents are killed in an accident and her sister is injured. Sadie is left to take care of household and business expenses. Because she does not receive the help she requests, Sadie is somewhat forced into a marriage with Aden.
Sadie is an unhappy wife and does what she can to ignore her new husband. But, as time goes by, she realizes Aden has his own horrible family secrets and scars. Through periods of distrust, troubles, and strife Sadie and Aden both grow to love each other and forgive others.
Although it is fiction, A Reluctant Bride shows that the Amish faction can have members who aren't always on the up and up. It reveals that everyone of every breed can and will have conflict and struggles. It also shows that some good can come of a crisis, and it's important to rely on others for healing. It is a very well-written story.
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