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A Man of His Word (Hearts of Middlefield #1)

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Moriah's heart will only be safe with a man of his word.
In just a few short months, Moriah Miller's perfect life unravels. Newly wed and newly pregnant, Moriah is abandoned by her husband, Levi. He's left her, his family, and their faith without a backward glance. The community, stunned, rushes to the young woman's aid.
But there is someone who feels more than just sympathy
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 31st 2009 by Thomas Nelson
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Annette Moore
Jun 09, 2015 Annette Moore rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I've read a book I just couldn't seem to put down, but A Man of His word (Hearts of Middlefield, #1) by Kathleen Fuller is definitely one book I had a hard time putting down! One of the things I appreciate about Fuller's writing is how she handles the varying emotions of her characters. In a lot of amish fiction, you see the men, especially, portrayed as being somewhat stern, stoic, closed-up, but one of the things I really appreciated about the men in this story was that ...more
Oct 12, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This book was a random find. I was walking in Walmart waiting for my car to be done when I decided to browse the books. I decided to buy it cause it sounded interesting. I wasn't disappointed! I really like this book. I hadn't heard of Kathleen Fuller and decided to give her a try. She brings the Amish community to life and shows the ups and downs that each individual struggles with in a respectful way. I love books about Amish people, but hadn't tried one in a while because the last couple that ...more
Sandra Stiles
Aug 22, 2009 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, romance, adult
This was a wonderful love story. This was the story set in a simple Amish town. Moriah Byler had grown up with twins Gabriel and Levi Miller. Competetive all of their life, it is Levi that has won Moriah's heart. Unfortunately one month after their wedding, Moriah is pregnant with their first child and Levi is working outside of their small Amish Town. He has found another woman and decides to leave his wife and his Amish ways. In steps Gabriel to try to fix the situation. He tries to bring his ...more
I was rather surprised by this book! It dealt with a lot of issues, but the one that stood out for me was that the main heroine's husband left her and the Amish because he was having an affair. I found it interesting how the Amish would react to such a thing. The characters were easy to connect to, and you grow to care about them and the community quickly. The one thing I didn't care for was that the husband's repentance seemed too convenient to the story, as if it was only used to get the hero ...more
Apr 12, 2012 Desiree rated it really liked it
I first read this book about 2 years ago. I was in a dark place in my life at the time and was captivated by the title and description of the book that I just happened to spot on a swirling book rack at a random grocery store out of town.

I recently decided to read it again. One description on the back captivated me, that I don't remember from the first time. "She is unaware that her brief marriage -- once idealized as the happiest time of her life -- may have been merely a shadow of the kind of
Sep 02, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Cindy by: Kathleen Fuller

A Man of His Word
A Hearts of Middlefield Novel
Kathleen Fuller
Thomas Nelson

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Kathleen Fuller has brought a beautiful story of love, set in Amish country in Middlefield Ohio. Centered around the Byler Family, specifically Moriah Byler, this book brings us a story of love, heartbreak and triumph over difficult circumstances.

Moriah Byler is getting married as the book opens, and we share in her wedding day, along with her excitement and love for her ne
Aug 27, 2009 Donna rated it it was amazing
Set in Middlefield, OH, "A Man of His Word" transports the reader to Amish life. There is also a smattering of Amish words throughout the story (with definitions) to really get a taste of the life. Life here is simple and the people are hard-working. There is some interaction with the outside world, but the beliefs of the people in this community are strong. Here is a world where your word is your bond, where leaving the church and your family means banishment (but forgiveness is also available) ...more
Dec 26, 2015 Mara rated it it was ok
Cheesy, and not in a good type of way.

This book was slow; it took me a bit to get into it, and even then, I found myself skimming through much of it.
At first I liked the story line, but towards the end, it felt like a cheesy, roll-your-eyes type of read. The end also felt rushed, as if the author was wanting to hurry and finish the book, and that's my absolute least favorite things I notice authors do! I also didn't enjoy all the Dutch, even though a glossary is provided. This is my first Amish
Becky Pinson
Apr 18, 2012 Becky Pinson rated it really liked it
As soon as I opened this book, I knew I had read it before! I looked on my book list from this year and last and cannot find it, but I KNOW I've read it. Hate it when that happens :)
Jul 17, 2013 Drebbles rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Newly married and pregnant, Moriah Miller seems to have it all. But her world is shattered when Levi, her husband, leaves her and their Amish faith behind. Because she is Amish, Moriah can never divorce and faces a lifetime of being a single mother and unable to marry again. Levi's twin brother Gabriel is more than willing to help Moriah, even if it means hiding his own love for her. In the meantime, Moriah's brother Tobias has his own relationship problems - his friendly feelings towards Rachel ...more
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
May 11, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: Kathleen Fuller
Another wonderful Amish novel to add to my quickly growing list of great books to read. Kathleen Fuller isn't quite a new-to-me author. I've read one other book by her and that was in the An Amish Christmas novella and her book was A Miracle for Miriam. That one was an absolutely wonderful story. So, when I won a book from Lena Nelson Dooley's blog, A Christian Writer's World~~Characters Who Grip Your Heart I was tickled to learn that it was one by Kathleen Fuller.

This book is the start to Kath
Susan Hollaway
Mar 16, 2010 Susan Hollaway rated it it was amazing
Although A MAN OF HIS WORD was the first book by Kathleen Fuller that I’ve read, it definitely won’t be my last. Fuller has written a book that totally captivated me from the beginning. She weaves a story that makes you feel as if you are living alongside her characters in the quaint and slower-paced Amish community of Middlefield, Ohio.

Moriah thinks her life is going wunderbarr; when suddenly, her husband betrays her by abandoning their faith and leaving her -- alone and pregnant. Where does he
Melissa Stebbins
Sep 02, 2009 Melissa Stebbins rated it liked it
I received this book as part of the Thomas Nelson book review bloggers program. A Man of His Word is set in an Amish community and begins with preparations for the marriage of Moriah Bayler to Levi. Levi has a twin brother Gabriel who is secretly in love with her as well. A marriage that begins in hope and excitement for Moriah ends with her abandoned and pregnant in a community where marriage is literally till death do us part. There is also a side romance involving Moriah's brother.

Most of the
Nov 20, 2009 Claire rated it it was ok
This book follows several characters all of who are members of an Amish community. There is Moriah who marries Levi. Levi decides to leave the Amish and change his life by moving in with "an outlander" and living his life away from the Amish and his family.
After Levi has an accident he dies and leaves Moriah pregnant and alone.
The novel starts out good. All was flowing well. However, when Levi leaves is when the book starts to slow down, become whiny and redundant. From chapter 6-12 or page 88
Victor Gentile
Jan 12, 2010 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing

Kathleen Fuller has a new book, “A Man Of His Word” published by Thomas Nelson and it is a gentle love story set against the backdrop of the Amish society of Middlefield, Ohio.

In simple terms it is the story of a Moriah who marries Levi and thinks that her life is complete when she finds that she is going to bring their first baby to the marriage. Her husband, Levi, is unhappy with being chained down so he not only leaves her he leaves the whole Amish order. His twin brother, Gabriel, is outrage
Clockstein Lockstein
Jan 06, 2010 Clockstein Lockstein rated it really liked it
A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller is the first book in the Middlefield Series. Moriah Miller has spent much of her life waiting to marry her beau, Levi Miller. But soon after their wedding, the life she imagined for the two of them unravels. He abandons her and their unborn child, leaving her in a state of limbo within their Amish community that doesn't allow divorce. Gabriel, Levi's twin, has long been in love with Moriah but hid his feelings, but now he may be the only one to make things ri ...more
May 03, 2010 Christina rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Yes
Recommended to Christina by: Susan Hollaway
In just a few short months, Moriah Miller's perfect life unravels. Newly wed and newly pregnant, Moriah is abandoned by her husband, Levi. He's left her, his family, and their faith without a backward glance. The community, stunned, rushes to the young woman's aid.

But there is someone who feels more than just sympathy for Moriah. Gabriel Miller--Levi's twin--longs for an intimate commitment that might someday bind them to one another. Convinced of the impossibility of his dream, Gabriel settles
May 10, 2012 Paula-O rated it really liked it
Loved to read this story. Moriah and the twins Gabriel and Levi were friends from their school days , you would usually see all three when you saw them and as they grew up Moriah didnt notice that Gabriel was falling for her as she paid more attention to Levi who was a charming young man.
Levi had mixed feelings about his faith-living amish and his feelings for Moriah but wanting to be the good amish person he asked Moriah to marry him thinking if he just settled down life would be like it shoul
Feb 10, 2010 Kristy rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. I fell in love with the characters and really felt what they felt. There were two story lines going on, and I loved them both. Usually when I'm reading a book like this I always feel disappointed when the book switches to one of the stories, but I didn't feel that way at all, I looked forward to reading about Moriah, and Levi and Gabe. But was also just as engrossed in Tobias and Rachel's story. In fact I thought their story was really cute!

The one problem I had with t
Dec 15, 2010 Delia rated it really liked it
Moriah Byler can’t imagine her happiness being any more complete than the day she marries Levi Miller. She’s known him and his twin brother, Gabriel, since the three of them were children. While she rejoices in the love that has grown between herself and Levi, she wonders what has caused the distance between his brother and her. Gabe is more serious, far less carefree than Levi, but this rift in their once-comfortable relationship is more than Gabe’s quieter persona.

As is the Amish way, she imme
Feb 27, 2012 Gail rated it it was amazing
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Sep 06, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Read this book almost straight through. A Man of His Word pulled me into the world of the Amish and the author's writing style kept me there. I am not a huge fan of Amish fiction, but I'd have to say that this book was one of the best Amish novels that I've read to date. The characters were likeable and believable. There were also two love stories occuring at the same time, which really kept the pace moving along. While devoid of physical passion, the emotional pull between these two love intere ...more
Nov 17, 2009 Pastoralmusings rated it it was amazing
A Man of His Word
This is my first time to read a book by Kathleen Fuller. I was reasonably impressed. I'll grant that I have an affection for Amish settings, but this book was very good.
The book opens with Moriah Miller obtaining her husband, Levi's family name in marriage. Unknown to Moriah, Levi's twin brother, Gabriel has been in love with her for several years.
All goes well. The wedding day went smoothly. The first couple of months of marriage went smoothly. Levi then begins to come in late
Aug 17, 2014 Elsie rated it really liked it
A lady at my church gave this book to me knowing I like to read. I wasn't sure what it was about and didn't know anything about the author when she gave it to me, but I enjoy a nice story about Amish people. I've been a fan of Beverly Lewis's Amish stories in the past, so I figured I'd enjoy this one.

This is a nice story. The characters are pretty well written, if a little gullible. I think the main character, Moriah, should have seen what her husband did coming, but other than that it is a good
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
One thing I love about Kathleen Fuller's novels is that the characters are so much fun! And while my emotions were all over the place for Moriah's story, it was really her brother Tobias and his romance that I found myself rooting for the most. Tobias and the girl that stole his heart are so fun a match that I grinned the majority of the time they were on the page together.

And Moriah - what a roller coaster she was taken on for this book! She is definitely a woman of more patience and peace tha
Dec 09, 2011 Amber rated it it was amazing
I love Amish romances, and A Man of His Word was no exception. I couldn't put this book down and am currently reading the second book in the series. This is a very nice book, quite moving to read. I enjoyed every moment of it!
The book opens with Moriah Miller marrying her husband Levi. Unknown to Moriah, Levi's twin brother, Gabriel has been in love with her for several years.
The first couple of months of marriage went smoothly. Levi then begins to behave differently and come in late from a job
Carol Stowe
Sep 11, 2014 Carol Stowe rated it really liked it
This is an Amish stand-alone book set in Middlefield, Ohio. First let me say that I found the references to Middlefield businesses and areas accurate, which lent credence to the story line. The main story line was interwoven with a secondary story. The moral of each is nothing ventured, nothing gained, or seize the day because life is short. Good leisure reading.
Nov 09, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful inspiration romance set in Amish country in Ohio. We're introduced to Moriah Byler-Miller and her husband and his twin. This novel really pulled in my heart strings, when we watch how events folded for Moriah's life and for her brother's too. This one captivated my heart with two romances with a love triangle twist. Talk about complicated, this one is moving and touching and heart-broken all at once. You really feel for Moriah and fall in love with her character, when she wen ...more
Aug 20, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
The book is set in an Amish community, and probably the best part about it is the feel you get for the simplicity of Amish life ... the simple clothing, simple transportation, and all the food! Moriah, the main character, is marrying Levi.

Unfortunately, within months things go wrong with Levi, but his twin brother Gabe sure has always liked Moriah ... and the book tends to play out predictably. There is also another side romance going on which is predictable as well.

As a grammar nut, I was annoy
Jul 06, 2015 amandra rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book if I could give it more then five stars. This is the first Amish romance I have read so I had no idea what to expect. There was never a dull moment in this story all of the characters were well developed you find yourself wanting to know more about each one I can't wait to read more from the families of middlefield.
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Kathleen is the best-selling author of over thirty books, including the Hearts of Middlefield Series and the A Middlefield Family Series. She lives with her husband and three children in Northeast Ohio. Kathleen loves to hear from readers.
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