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Amishwoman Sara Lapp, all but shunned for studying with the local doctor to become a midwife, is shocked that, after months of waiting, her first call comes from "Mad" Adam Zuckerman, a self-appointed outcast. Adam doesn't want her to attend at a birth, but to tend to his children because his wife has died in childbed. Adam wants to love his children, but he is afraid he w ...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published April 15th 2005 by Five Star (ME) (first published 2005)
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Darcy
May 28, 2010 Darcy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, romance
I definitely didn't expect this from this author. I have read her PNR books and this one couldn't be more different. This one is a really cute, sweet, innocent love story set before in the late 1880's, about a sassy Amish woman and a stubborn Amish man. Sara is a spinster with no family bucking the culture and being a midwife. Adam's wife just died after giving birth the their 4th daughter in 4 years. Both of these people have baggage galore and they spend most of the story trying deal with how ...more
Kate Sherwood
Jan 29, 2014 Kate Sherwood rated it it was ok
I've never read an Amish romance before, although I was familiar with the concept. If this one's typical, I don't think I'll seek out any more.

At first I really liked it, but it dragged on, with huge gaps and then things happening too closely together without enough explanation in the text - like a character just appearing in someone's house for no reason. And both characters got increasingly histrionic as the story progressed, lots of wailing and gnashing of teeth without nearly enough reason f
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Jacqueline
Not typical of Amish romances. This one has sex in it. Granted the sex is pretty flowery but it's there. I enjoyed this one mostly because of the hero. I like a taciturn hero. This one had been abused by his father and equated love with beatings so he tried not to love his kids. There were some big coincidences and not a lot of reality in the day to day life of a working farmer but all in all a pleasant read. Not a lot of religious stuff either so I wouldn't really consider this Christian Fictio ...more
Beverlee  Couillard
I don't know when I've read a more disturbing story, yet, this is a very good book. The writing is very good, which is so important when telling a story of such a horrifying magnitude. Don't get me wrong, regardless of the subject matter, it's worth your time to read it. The writer takes an unusual path in WHO tells this story. One of the victims is being questioned by the police, but this is not a so-called police procedure novel. When asked a question about how all these "butterflies," read: y ...more
Rogetwhi
Aug 11, 2015 Rogetwhi rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!!!
Jacque
Mar 11, 2014 Jacque rated it it was ok
While this novel had some captivating qualities, it had several problems which, had they'd been worked out, it could have been a phenominal story, but instead it not only missed it's potential, but seemed to disintegrate into falling so short I was left disappointed and gave it a 2 out of 5.

A biggie: I couldn't buy into the whole unexplained reason for awesome sexual compatibility which then mysteriously solves some huge relationship and character growth problems.
Incredulously, somehow the main
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Jane
The idea that a parent shows love with a Butterfly Garden is so sweet when they feel they cannot express their love with words and the basis for the title of this book.

The book has tragedy, humor, love and romance, so mystery and is full of human emotions and how life experiences typical to the late 1800's rural American Amish community. The strength of Sara Lapp and how she stood up for what she believed and still remained a devoted Amish woman as she first became a midwife as a single woman by
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Sarah Magner
Nov 03, 2014 Sarah Magner rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised that this book put a little spark in an Amish romance--something fairly unfamiliar to me despite having read several other books in the genre before. The story as a whole I enjoyed, however, as other reviewers have pointed out, there are a lot of inconsistencies and surprises in reading this. The relaxed relationship between Sara and "The English" not to mention Adam assisting so intimately with Jenny's birth was shocking to say the least. I also didn't understand how ...more
Anya
Jul 09, 2014 Anya rated it did not like it
Wow, I think this is the worst Amish fiction book ever written. The author knows nothing about these people. It seems she wanted to write a trashy romance novel (perhaps that is all she knows how to do) and was looking to cash in on the high sales figures in Amish fiction. If you want to write this stuff, this is not the genre to do it in.
Klista
Oct 20, 2008 Klista rated it really liked it
Wow! What a pleasant surprise!!! This is one of those books that really blows you away, it did me anyway! The subtle romance leaves you wanting more.
Alice
Nov 05, 2014 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, romance
subsubjected- a sensual Amish Historical Romance alert reader to an inclusion of more details about sexual desire/behavior than one would expect in a book about the Amish.

Both
Sara's conflict between her desire for children of her own and her need to be a midwife and save women from dangers of childbirth -- her inability to save mother when she was a pre-teen
and
Adam's fear of repeating the cruelty which resulted from his father's supposed desire to raise a Godly child.
and the demands of the A
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Sarah Peralta
Jul 10, 2012 Sarah Peralta rated it liked it
Whoa! Way too explicit for an Amish story. Good story line but holy cow! Not as good as her last Amish novel.
Sabi Edwards
Dec 18, 2010 Sabi Edwards rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and gobbled it up in two days!!
Jean
Nov 18, 2014 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amish woman Sara Lapp, all but shunned for studying with the English doctor to become a midwife, is shocked that, after months of waiting, her first call to tend a birth comes from self-appointed outcast Mad Adam Zuckerman. For his wife’s sake, Sara boldly tells Adam that he is killing Abby with so many babies so close, but Abby is already dead.
Adam did not call Sara to tend the birth, but to give her his children. Though Sara knows Abby’s girls belong with their father, how can she leave them
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Shari Larsen
Single Amishwoman Sara Lapp is all but shunned after training with the local doctor to become a midwife in Ohio in 1883, so she is surprised when she gets a call from "Mad" Adam Zuckerman, a surly, self-appointed outcast, and Adam doesn't want her to attend to the birth, since his wife died, but he wants her to attend to his children instead.

Adam wants to love his children, but he distances himself from them because he is afraid he will hurt them as his father hurt him, and Sara seems to be to j
...more
Carissa Anne
Feb 04, 2015 Carissa Anne rated it did not like it
Shelves: amish, religious
I absolutely cannot fathom why this book possibly has so few bad reviews. The story line was so jumpy that from the beginning of the book to the point where they get married (note: 75 pages in), the author could have easily stretched that into a book alone. Months passed within paragraphs, and integral plot was skipped over. Because of this, the two main characters went from hating each other to falling in love, with no explanation of the time in between.

My kingdom for some description! I have n
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Beth Schroeder
Dec 25, 2015 Beth Schroeder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Read!

A dark past that has almost destroyed a widowed man and his children. A wonderful gift called upon to care for his children that leads to a forced marriage. The wonderful bond between husband and wife as they fall in love. The trust and telling of this dark secrets that bring together a family thought lost and joined with this newly formed family to love and care for each other. I will definitely buy another of Ms Blair's books.
E.
Dec 21, 2014 E. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read it for an hour, then I got on here to Goodreads, and saw the reviews. Not for me. There are so many others better books to read, so why read the mediocre ones? The reviews said there was sex in there, explicit sex. I don't like a three some- meaning the reader has to be there too!

Also, the guy Adam has issues from growing up that he hasn't gotten over, and isn't free from them. I like to read about well adjusted men who take good care of their woman, and truly care for her. I went on the
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Bethany
May 31, 2007 Bethany rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, romance
The problem with the five-star rating system is that I just can't imagine finishing a book and then giving it one star. If I finish it, I probably will give it at least an "it's okay" rating. Like this book. Read it in a day, skimmed some passages. It's not a great book. I wouldn't recommend it. But I didn't not like it.

It's basically a romance novel, disguised by a hard cover with a butterly instead of Fabio. Fabio with a beard and a--I don't, a union suit they call them? Those pajama--oh, wha
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Nola Arganbright
A beautiful story about an Amish midwife. She takes on the care of the children of a mother who died in childbirth. She later takes on the care of the husband when he is injured and decides she will teach him to love his children. Family members join them who were presumed dead. A very good realistic story of the Amish family and the frontier way of life. I enjoyed it very much.
Ruddys13
Oct 08, 2014 Ruddys13 rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is amazing! When i like a book i will absorb myself into the book and see, in my own way, what is happening. This book made me realize that there is more to a book than words. Since i read this book i have read so many books and finally understood what was happening!
Nicola
Dec 19, 2014 Nicola rated it liked it
More like 3.5 stars. Blair couldn't write a bad book if she tried, her characters are always so real and she delivers plenty of emotion. Having said that, this was not my most favourite of her novels but it is an enjoyable (R16) romance all the same.
Tiana Morris
Dec 31, 2015 Tiana Morris rated it did not like it
I'm embarrassed that I read this, but it's an entertaining trashy romance novel. The only differentiation is the sex occurs within the socially acceptable and church sanctioned institute of marriage. For the more proper, bored housewife.
Donna Carroll
Feb 02, 2015 Donna Carroll rated it it was amazing
to be honest I saw this book for free in the kindle store so I downloaded it. Not one for romantic books didn't even know it was a romance but I have to say I absolutely loved it. Glad I stumbled upon this gem!!
Edward Brunck
May 15, 2016 Edward Brunck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great book. The characters are so different from anything I've ever read. It is also scary to think that someone could be the way the Gardener was. It is well worth your time to read.
Nikki
Nov 30, 2014 Nikki rated it it was ok
Another romance where all the drama happens because the stupid love interests don't talk to each other. Standard boy loves girl, girl loves boy no one tells each other. There is no outside antagonist, no adventure, not even a steamy, sexy guy. I am done with these crap romance's where the characters pout and wine internally and nothing surprising happens.
Amanda
Feb 24, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Wow is the word to describe this book. For an Amish romance this is quite possibly the steamiest one I've ever read. Sara and Adam's relationship is one of push and pull. I can understand Adam's issues with not wanting to get Sara pregnant, and his overwhelming desire for her, plus his internal conflict about his feelings for her so soon after his wife passes away. This is really a great book. I was a tad confused by the lack of historical facts. The book is based in 1883 during the American Civ ...more
Lori
Jan 11, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't typical Amish romance line....as the title says. It was good though! It shows that everyone has someone who God has intended for them.
Judy A. Ptacek
Nov 03, 2014 Judy A. Ptacek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Amish story

Not the typical Amish story. The midwife arrives too late and has to deal with the loss of her friend, an angry husband, and ends up with their four children in her care. Being a spinster she has always wanted children but they do not belong to her. she wants to do the right thing and.reunite the children with their father but he is not cooperating. The story gets complicated when she must nurse him after his accident. They both only tolerate that. There is a lot more to the stor
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Mary Dulaney
Aug 23, 2015 Mary Dulaney rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, amish
Rather steamy for such a subject, but well-written. NOT Christian-based,though faith is an important aspect of the relationship between the two protagonists.
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