Day #19 – Today I am reviewing Johanna’s Bridegroom. This is the sixth novel from the series: Hannah’s Daughters, by Emma Miller. This is not a Christmas story, but nonetheless a wonderful, inspiring story.
Will You Marry Me?
Bold widow Johanna Yoder stuns Roland Byler when she asks him to be her husband. To Johanna, it seems very sensible that they marry. She has two children, and he has a son. Why shouldn’t their families become one?
But the widower has never forgotten his long-ago love for her; it was his foolish mistake that split them apart. This could be a fresh start for both of them.
Until she reveals she wants a marriage of convenience only. It’s up to Roland to woo the stubborn Johanna and convince her to accept him as her groom in her home and in her heart.
Emma Miller shows the strength and determination found in the Amish when Hannah’s eldest daughter, Johanna, stays with an abusive husband, until he eventually takes his own life.
Ms. Miller goes into the thoughts and feelings of someone who has been abused and the battles they face after it ends. The fear and anguish doesn’t end just because the abuse has ended. Now Johanna has to live with the fear that perhaps she could have done more to help him.
It’s easy to identify with Johanna, who fears the idea of loving another man, and the fact that a marriage once again put her under another man’s authority, effectively taking away her freedom.
Ms. Miller does a great job showing how Johanna struggles with the decision of whether or not to marry Roland, her childhood sweetheart.
And I love how Ms. Miller always moves into the future at the end of her books to show how well everything turns out.
If you get the chance, check out the Hannah’s Daughters series by Emma Miller, published under Love Inspired.
Ms. Miller has written a 7th book in this series, Rebecca’s Christmas Gift. As soon as I find it, I will read and review it. I would love to think there will be more book written about Hannah and her daughters, but we’ll just have to wait and see…