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This spring I was able to review a book from Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner that was part of a series- The Men of Lancaster County. The series is written from the perspective of Amish men. Reading the first book took me a while to get into it because it was coming from a man's perspective. But then I really enjoyed the characters and the story.
I found the same thing when I began The Amish Blacksmith. The main character in this story is the nephew of the first story's main character. And there is some reference to the people from the first story. But this one could easily be read and understood as a stand alone novel.
In this story, Jake befriends the niece of the blacksmith to whom he is apprenticed. She has a reputation of being the odd girl who moved away when her mother died in a tragic accident. But she's back and Jake sets out to befriend her as a favor to his boss. Although Jake has a girl that he's courting, he is very even keel with no passion or emotion. As time goes on, he finds himself enjoying his friendship with Priscilla. And Priscilla challenges him to open up and really feel.
As with the previous book, I had a difficult time relating to a story told in first person with a male main character. But as I read, I really enjoyed Jake and Priscilla and the story unfolding. It's a sweet romance with a good message as the characters are faced with God at work in their lives.
I give this one 4 stars and a G rating for content.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.
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