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A Reluctant Bride

(Amish of Birch Creek #1)

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She never wanted to marry. He hopes to make amends for past wrongs. Can love find a way to heal both of their hearts?

Sadie Schrock swore she would never marry. All of her other Amish friends could court and marry—she was content to manage the family business and eventually take it over when her parents are ready to retire. But all of that changes when a reckless driver kil
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Thomas Nelson
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
{{Sexual Content Warning. Girls under 14 should not read this review.}}

About this book:

“She never wanted to marry. He hopes to make amends for past wrongs. Can love find a way to heal both of their hearts?
Sadie Schrock swore she would never marry. All of her other Amish friends could court and marry she was content to manage the family business and eventually take it over when her parents are ready to retire. But all of that changes when a reckless driver kills both of her parents and seriousl
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
This is an excellent marriage of convenience story! The circumstances leading to Sadie and Aden's union are tragic, and the author did a wonderful job endearing the characters to us in the beginning so that when the shift occurred, I was completely immersed and connected to the high emotion. The complexities of Sadie and Aden's personalities are understandable after what they have gone through in the past and present, and the way Aden dedicates himself to Sadie's happiness is healing for both of ...more
Laura
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
A RELUCTANT BRIDE wasn't what I expected. Sadie hates Sol and Aden but she is forced to marry one or the other and Aden seemed the lesser of two evils. He's a wimp who allows his father and brother to beat him to a pulp and abandons girls who need a hero.

I didn't think too much of the main characters. Aden was portrayed a weakling and Sadie was angry, hateful and rude, even when Aden went out of his way to be nice. To stand up for her. I never did connect with the characters, but I wanted to. I
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Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

This was an interesting enough read that I’ll be looking out for the rest of the books in the series. It was maybe a little jumpy and disjointed in places, but the storyline was complex and engrossing, and I loved the relationship at the centre. Hero and heroine are forced to marry with no warning or preparation, and it was nice watching their relationship grow.

I will never really understand the appeal of the Amish lifestyle, but when an author – like this one – makes
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Tina Watson
Kathleen Fuller has really out done herself on "A Reluctant Bride". The detailed words she used to express characters feelings, moods, and with each other, was deeply riveting. Don't know about any one else that have read "A Reluctant Bride", but I know I felt like I have there in Birch Creek living with the characters as they went through their fictional experiences.

Sadie Schrock lives in Birch Creek Amish community with two younger sisters and their parents who own, Schrock Grocery and Tools.
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Wendy
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB
Sadie Schrock swore she would never marry. All of her other Amish friends could court and marry---she was content to manage the family business and eventually take it over when her parents are ready to retire. But all of that changes when a reckless driver kills both of her parents and seriously injures her younger sister. With mounting hospital bills adding to the pile of debt her parents left behind, Sadie is left with no choice: she must marry. And not just any man---the
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Heather 123
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
** I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review **

This was my first Amish romance novel and the first book I've read by this author. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised! I wasn't sure what to expect from an Amish romance but this story was filled with everything a great story should have. Based on the blurb, I was prepared for the story line of tragedy and sorrow. What I was surprised about was the story with Aden and Sol. I went from hating Sol to feeling such deep sorrow for
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Brittany
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Now that I have read A Reluctant Bride, I am so excited that this is only the first book in the Amish of Birch Creek series. I can look ahead and anticipate returning to these great characters in future novels!

This story was so good! The set up was ripe for tension, with Sadie and Aden ending up in a “marriage of necessity”. But, A Reluctant Bride takes it a step further. Sadie deeply resents Aden for a situation that occurred in the past when he failed her. Now, his actions are protecting her,
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Judy
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, where do I begin? This book played with my emotions. One of the characters, author Kathleen Fuller wrote about in this story really brought out the worst in me. I found I had feelings of strong dislike for this person. He literally tore my heart apart with his actions. How can he get away with this? Would a true man of God act this way? I judged him harshly.

This book made me cry. Not once, but several times. I hurt for those who hurt. I literally felt their pain. My heart went out to Sadie,
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Diane
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have to say I'm not usually a fan of romance and at first I thought this might be the typical romance: girl doesn't like guy, girl grows to like guy then love and happily ever after. I was so WRONG. Kathleen Fuller has an exceptional story here. The Reluctant Bride encompasses disenchantment, abuse, broken people, hope, love and strong faith.

Sadie Schrock and Aden Troyer were thrown into marriage by a tragedy and the Bishop (Aden's father) of their Amish community. Sadie doesn't trust Aden bec
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Maureen Timerman
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Things are not always as we perceive and at first look the Amish Community of Birch Creek, looks and acts just like most others. As we delve into the character’s lives here, one family is not like most of the others, and this family is at the forefront of all of the families. This is the Bishops family, and there are a lot of deep dark secrets here.
Beginning with just about the first page we see that one of the Bishops sons is a drunkard. He attacks of one his own, Sadie Schrock, and life then t
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Jantine
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

For me, this was a first. I already knew books about Amish are popular, but I never came to reading these books.

The story was great, the characters likeable. I also learned to let go of prejudices. To give an example, I always thought Amish did not have showers (only bathtubs and such), running water and such. Initially the showers taken and such bugged me, but thank goodness there is google ;-) So this book pushed me to learn
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Cheryl Baranski
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Reluctant Bride, By: Kathleen Fuller
A Reluctant Bride is book one in An Amish of Birch Creek series. What an amazing book. This is Kathleen Fuller’s best book yet! I was captured right from the start. I read the book cover to cover in less than a day. This is a story that will have you sitting on the edge of your seating wondering what in the world could possibly happen next! A story of faith, trust, love, heartache, forgiveness and of the past. This was a powerfully moving story for me. The i
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Connie  Lynch
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amish Fiction Fan
Great writer, Great storyline.

I had the joy of meeting the author Kathleen Fuller in Charm, OH, after meeting her and hearing her enthusiasm for Amish writing I had to jump in. So glad I did. This lovely story revolves around Sadie a young lady with a fractured heart and spirit. Sadie is then handed a large list of life tragedies. Through tragedy she is placed in a forced marriage to Aden. Aden is also very fractured by events in his life and his family. Their journey to become a trusting and lo
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Kate Campos
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me with its emotional impact. So much passion without the main characters even touching! Amazing. And finding such emotional tension and passion without scenes of lovemaking truly is remarkable in a cultural age that craves physicality in its romance literature to the point of smut becoming mainstream bestsellers (yes, I'm looking at you, Fifty Shades). A Reluctant Bride is tasteful, loving, honest, and simply wonderful. I very much enjoyed it.

*I received a copy for review fr
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Sarah
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forced into a marriage to a man she has hated and tried to avoid for years is never a great way to start any relationship. It was enjoyable to watch these two open up to each other and begin to trust one another and help each other heal from events in their pasts. Each needed the other. This was a beautiful slow, quiet romance that stands even through trials they face together. I really liked this book and the overall feeling of healing and forgiveness that it illustrated.
Barbara
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish, netgalley
What a different family the Troyers were from most of the Amish fiction I've read. How could the bishop be that type of man? How could Aden be the man he was with the childhood he had? He was a true gift.

I can't wait to see what happens in the next book in the series!
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Amy
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Reluctant Bride is the first installment of the Amish of Birch Creek series. What beginning to a brand new series. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next story from Birch Creek.
5 stars.
Amy Clipston
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kathleen Fuller’s The Reluctant Bride is a beautiful story of faith, hope, and second chances. Her characters and descriptions are captivating, bringing the story to life with the turn of every page.
Deanna
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seeing God’s hand turn tragedy and brokenness into joy and healing in the sweetest way.
Sylvia
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! Great story!! Love this author's books!! ...more
Anittha
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
this was such an amazing book!! I finished it a couple of hours and I love it
Kristina
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller is the first book in her An Amish of Birch Creek series. Sadie Schrock is sixteen years old (in the very beginning) living in Birch Creek. It was her turn to go get ice for their family store. On her way home she encounters Sol Troyer. He is always pushing himself at Sadie and she keeps rebuffing him. Sol drags Sadie into the cornfield and insists upon a kiss (and then he will let her go). Aden, Sol’s brother, tries to intercede, but he is unsuccessful (and t ...more
Callie Domingues
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Book

Sadie Schlock has lived in partial fear of men due to an incident many years ago. Because of this moment in her life she has vowed to never marry. But circumstances abruptly change when her parents are killed in a horrible crash and one of her sisters is seriously injured. As hospital bills rapidly accumulate and discovering that her parents were in deep debt Sadie realizes that the only way out is to marry. And marry the one man that left her alone in one of her weakest moments; one she
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Dawn Teresa
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book title could never be at once more true and yet more understated than A Reluctant Bride. To say Sadie is a reluctant bride makes it sound like she has a case of cold feet. Not Sadie. She wants to run for the hills! And she’d run like the wind if only her feet weren’t frozen with fear.

Honestly, I have cold feet – literally – because Kathleen Fuller has knocked my socks off! A Reluctant Bride is the first work of Amish fiction where I’ve feared not only for someone’s physical safety but for
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Karla
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis: Sadie, a young Amish girl has declared that she will NEVER marry! While her friends courted and married , SHE was NOT going to follow their example. Content in managing the family business, she is planning to take it over when her parents retire.
Sadie's plans are sadly interrupted when a reckless driver kills both her parents and injures her younger sister. Hospital bills mount as do worries! A pile of debt her parents left behind add to the concern! Sadie must marry to save her famil
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Mackenzie Carol
A Reluctant Bride is the first book in Kathleen Fuller’s Amish of Birch Creek series, but definitely isn’t the first book I ever read by her. In the past, I read and really enjoyed her two books in her Hearts of Middlefield series—A Man of His Word and An Honest Love—and I also own What the Heart Sees: A Collection of Amish Romances that I really loved as well. Clearly, I was extremely hopeful that I would love this novel since I have enjoyed a few of her books in the past, but I wasn’t a hundre ...more
Linda Wilson
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sadie Schrock swore she would never marry. All of her other Amish friends could court and marry—she was content to manage the family business and eventually take it over when her parents are ready to retire. But all of that changes when a reckless driver kills both of her parents and seriously injures her younger sister. With mounting hospital bills adding to the pile of debt her parents left behind, Sadie is left with no choice: she must marry. And not just any man—the man who saw her at her we ...more
Debi Lantzer Stout
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing

A Reluctant Bride shares the story of two Amish families whose lives have collided through tragedy. This book is a romance with lots of secrets and mystery throughout, while the characters struggle with their faith and their need for revenge.

The main character, Sadie Schrock, told everyone that she would never get married as she was happy to manage the family store, Schrock Grocery and Tools. She even looked forward of taking over the family store when her parents were to retire. In an instant,
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Pam Graber
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sadie Schrock planned to never get married. She managed her parents’ store and was content to remain single while watching all of her friends marry. Those plans go up in smoke when Sadie’s parents are killed and her youngest sister, Joanna, is seriously injured in a car versus buggy accident. As Joanna clings to life, Sadie is left to take care of things at home. Ever practical, she looks at the family finances to see if she can pay for Joanna’s extended hospital stay. What she finds is a mounta ...more
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