Today I’m reviewing Amanda Weds A Good Man, the first book in the One Big Happy Family series by Naomi King.
Here is a brief synopsis:
The Amish community of Cedar Creek is celebrating a wedding!
When Amanda Lambright, widowed with three daughters, marries Wyman Brubaker, a widower with five children, she envisions joining their two households into one big happy family. But it isn’t quite that easy….
Amanda Lambright loves Wyman Brubaker, and after four years as a single mother, she is grateful for his support and for this new chance at happiness as his wife. She’s confident that their children will get along just fine.
But once Amanda’s clan moves into Wyman’s home, the tight quarters and Wyman’s reluctance to make changes to accommodate Amanda cause friction.The older kids are squabbling. The little ones are frequently in tears. Tiny Alice Ann isn’t speaking at all. Amanda and Wyman can’t find any privacy. And Amanda wonders if she’ll ever have a chance to pursue the pottery making that means so much to her.
Amanda believes that family lies at the center of any well-lived Amish life. Can she find the wisdom to guide the reluctant members of her new extended family toward the love that will bind them together?
The Amish community of Cedar Creek is celebrating three weddings! – Tweet this!
This book begins with Amanda—no big surprise there if you read the title—and includes several weddings… Matt and Rosemary, who fell in love in the previous series (Home at Cedar Creek) plus Phoebe and Owen, who have been courting. Abby and Sam offer to have Amanda and Wyman’s wedding at their home, and before you know it, all three couples are joined in marriage.
Their wedding may have been easily arranged, but joining two families together is more difficult than either of them expected. After moving to the Clearwater community, and settling into Wyman’s home, Amanda—and her daughters—get several visits from the strict, unyielding bishop (and his equally difficult wife). I will share one tidbit… after just two visits from the bishop and his wife; Amanda heads back to Cedar Creek—alone.
What happened to cause her to leave?
Will she stay?
Charlotte (writing under the pen name Naomi King) paints a truly inspiring picture of the characters in this book, especially the bishop and his family. The way they act—and react—to others, and the words they say, paint such a realistic picture, I wouldn’t be the least surprised to meet any of them some day… and I’d love to meet most of them (not the bishop or his family).
I’ve definitely said more than I should have—so I’ll leave the rest of the story for you to read for yourself. You’re going to LOVE it!
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God bless you!
Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt