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The Amish Marriage Bargain

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Will a baby girl bring them together at last?

She’ll do anything for her niece…Even marry the man who broke her heart.

Nothing can keep May Bender in her Amish hometown—except caring for her baby niece. But the bishop insists that May also marry her widowed brother-in-law, Thad Hochstedler—the beau who jilted her to wed her sister. Can May risk her heart long enough to learn
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Published January 1st 2020 by Love Inspired
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Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I don't usually pan an Amish book since they are usually written so sensibly and with a good plot, but this book just meanders and was filled with too many 'tragedies' for me to enjoy the book. Then to find out the why of Thad ( male protagonist) marrying May's ( female protagonist) sister, was just a slap in the face for me.

I'm not going to say more or I'll start spoiling the book for future readers, but I really ended up skimming most of this book.

It was not a very religious book ( actually it
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a new author to me and to the Amish genre. I enjoyed it and look forward to her growth. I was surprised how much I liked the bishop and his matchmaking ways. I could just see the twinkle in his eye when dealing with May and Thad. I admired the character of May and how she tried doing the right thing amidst her own personal pain. It is a difficult position to be put in and I appreciated the author’s way of dealing with the premise of the story. I found it entertaining.
I received a
Heather 123
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cute story, with a twist I hadn't really expected.

I wish the author had gone into some description of what happened after the wedding at night. I'm not talking about intimacy because that wouldn't be appropriate in this type of book. But I'm talking about how it felt to lie next to each other, given their new circumstances.

** ARC received from Netgalley **
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

I enjoyed The Amish Marriage Bargain by an author who is new to me, Marie E. Bast. For a Love Inspired book, there’s more character depth and layering than I would have expected, adding richness to this marriage-of-convenience story. The narrative flows steadily and the small Iowa Amish community is vividly conveyed.

May and Thad are appealing, hard working, and honorable lead characters, thrust into a difficult situation that, although I
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quite an interesting story about a promise made to your dying sister and a bargain made strictly so you can be a mother to her tiny daughter and save your family farm. Through accidents, illness, an interfering bishop and a mother-in-law who doesn’t even like you, May wonders if she will ever be able to look beyond the past and move bravely into the future. Will Thad realize that mistakes and lies do not make good ground for a growing relationship? Can they possibly learn to forgive?

A lovely way
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting Premise

My rating is 3.5 stars

I liked the premise of the story and the mystery behind Thad's sudden jilting of May when he married her sister.

Poor May had always felt inferior to her sister. It didn't help that Thad's mother treated her as if she was lazy and incompetent! Yet May had a kind heart and a deep love for her niece, Leah. May's solution to the financial problems they were experiencing was quite clever and it was fun to read about her industry.

Thad was a little dense
Stephanie Norton
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Marie E. Bast wrote a beautiful story about May making a promise to her dying sister, April she and a bargain made strictly so she can be a mother to her tiny daughter and help save their family farm. May's solution to the finacial problesm were very clever.

May is faced with the decision to accept her aunt's offer to work in her Indiana bakery or marry Thad. She also wanted to keep her promise to her sister, April to take care of her daughter Leah. No question about it she wanted deeply to take
Deana Dick
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This has been such a wonderful book to read. The story line is about an arranged marriage that finds May and Thad married so May can help raise her sister's baby. I enjoyed the way the author showed May's flaws and how she tried so hard to overcome them. It is hard for May to be married to Thad since he dumped her once before to marry her sister. After April dies, Thad is in need of someone to help him with Leah and finds a way to get May to marry him.

I can't imagine how hard it was for May to
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, celebrate-lit
“She didn’t know what was worse…losing the farm or losing her heart. But could she risk sticking around to find out?”

With “The Amish Marriage Bargain”, Marie Bast composes an inspirational romance that tugs at the heartstrings and encourages readers to never lose faith. This is the first Amish novel I’ve read that focuses on a marriage of convenience, at least as far as I can recall, and I have to admit that I’m surprised to have enjoyed it as much as I did. It did not fall into a clichéd trope,
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Sometimes reading an Amish book is so frustrating because of their rules, and this one sure frustrates me. Not because of the author, Marie Bast is a new author for me and I found her writing to be very professional, and it has a way of relaxing me! And that’s a good thing. The bishop forcing May, making her options difficult. I like that May was spunky enough to stand up to the bishop. That one scene made me laugh!

May was in a situation that she had difficult decisions
I am a bit conflicted while writing this review. I liked the overall story and premise for the book, yet I kept wishing for more. I felt like I was left waiting for more details and more information which would make me truly experience what the characters were feeling. Instead, it was as if I was being told what they were feeling and I was watching it from the outside looking in, wondering about certain details and wishing they had been elaborated on.

I wanted more clarity in a few situations.
Connie Saunders
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fans of Amish fiction and those of us who have Amish neighbors know that the Amish people are very forgiving people; in fact, they often easily forgive what we Englishers struggle with. In this new book by Marie E. Bast, the Amish heroine May Bender is finding it hard to forgive the hurt handed her by her Amish beau Thad Hochstedler and her sister April. The marriage vows that she and Thad were supposed to exchange had actually been said by Thad and April and now, May finds herself caring for ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
May Bender is in quite a difficult position. She has been helping to care for her niece after her sister passed away a year ago. Unfortunately, her brother-in-law is the one man who broke her heart when he up and decided to marry her sister instead. May would like to leave her hometown and family farm if only to get away from Thad. But then she would have to leave her one year old niece, Leah as well. And Leah is whom she loves now.

Thad is in a difficult position as well. There are reasons,
The Amish Marriage Bargain by Marie E. Bast takes readers on a journey to Washington County, Iowa. May Bender has been carrying for her niece, Leah along with her brother-in-law, Thad Hochstetler since the death of her sister, April a year prior. It has been difficult since Thad broke her heart when he stopped courting her and married April. May now has an opportunity to work with her aunt in Indiana and she will inherit the business. It will be hard, though, to leave Leah who she loves so ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a new to me author that I enjoyed very much! I can see this author going far with her stories!
This is a book that will want to make you root for Thad and May. There will be some hurt feelings, misunderstandings and just life;s struggles for these two.
I can relate to being held back from doing what I've wanted to do. The reason is simple. I loved my mom and I'd do anything for her even if it meant lifting her wheelchair out of the car for her or getting her anything she needed. Probably
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: celebrate-lit
My Thoughts on The Amish Marriage Bargain:
The Amish Marriage Bargain is a great read! I love Amish fiction and romance books. While it’s pretty easy to tell the storyline here it’s one of those books you just can’t stop reading because you’re sucked in and a part of their world and lives.

Great book that I highly recommend!

As a mom, I of course just loved the baby. She’s older than you think from reading the descriptions, but only about a year old. The cover photo had me thinking she’d be
Becky Dempsey
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
"The Amish Marriage Bargain" is not listed as being part of a series, but it is definitely the second book in the unnamed series. There were several times that I was very confused about what was going on. Did May move in with Thad and Leah after April died or did she always live there even when Thad and April were married since her father had told her she could live there until she got married? Sarah and Caleb were mentioned and how a pregnant Sarah wanted to take care of Leah since it was her ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Amish Marriage Bargain by author Marie E. Bast is a Christian Amish Romance novel that will capture your attention and heart. The story is original with twists, a mystery, drama, and romance. Faith and inspiration is woven throughout this lovely book and tie everything together perfectly.

Author Bast has a pleasant writing style. She knows how to shape characters so that they are believable. The storyline was interesting and written well. The pace was even and content drew me in. Her
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it

As Marie Bast is a new author to me I was a bit apprehensive when choosing to review this novel. Would it be the typical Amish romance or would it have some special twists and turns that would draw me into the Amish faith? Since I am an avid reader of this genre, I get somewhat tired of the sweet romance element , unless it involves complications and it varies from the norm.

The book started out with a heartwarming tale, a marriage of convenience. The premise is good and many readers would love
Tabitha Bouldin
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Marriage of convenience in an Amish setting? Needless to say, this piqued my interest. In a way, it's almost a story within a story. You have May and Thad working through their own troubles. Then you have May working through the abandonment and anger left behind by her sister and Thad's sudden marriage, followed by April's passing. It's a lot to pack into a novel this size, but Marie E. Bast managed to pull it off.

Both characters had their flaws, and I applaud May for her stout determination.
Donna C
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I think you should know: The Amish Marriage Bargain is an Amish fiction novel. May’s heart was shattered when her love,Thad abruptly abandoned her to marry her sister. When Thad finds himself widowed he doesn’t want May to leave town and leave him alone with his daughter

What you might want to know:
May’s sister died from complications after having her baby.

What I think about the book:
This isn’t your typical Girl meets Boy then they fall in love romance, instead it is a story of putting
Connie Carpenter
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy reading Amish Fiction books. I was excited to have the opportunity to read The Amish Marriage Bargain by Marie E. Bast. This is a new to me author, and I had seen very positive reviews about this book.
I enjoyed this book very much. Ms. Bast has created beautiful, memorable characters. May and Thad have a history. They had previously courted. Thad jilted May and married May’s sister. May’s sister has now passed and May finds herself caring for her niece after promising her dying
Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
This book has an interesting storyline, and I liked the author’s writing style. It was easy to see how, in the Amish community, such a marriage could take place.

I liked the character of May. I had much sympathy for her and felt she was in an almost impossible situation. But honestly, even at the end of the book, I still didn’t have any use at all for Thad. This couple was quite the contrast. May was loving; much more forgiving than most people would have been; and went out of her way to help
It's not easy playing second fiddle to anyone in any situation especially when you want to shine.
May dealt with this when her sister married her beau and then died leaving her to take care of her niece. I loved her love for Leah, there were no restrictions in that area she treated her like her own even when she wasn't sure if she'd still stay with them I loved her dilemma about Leah. I also enjoyed her ability to be innovative when the farm faced some issues I loved how she was able to come up
Gail Hollingsworth
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
May is ready to move to Indiana to help her Aunt in her bakery. Holding her back is her niece, her deceased sister’s baby. May is living in the farmhouse she grew up in but now belongs to her brother in-law. Because they are “living together” the bishop puts pressure on them to marry.
Reluctantly May goes into a marriage of convenience because of the promise she made to her sister. Thad also has a secret he hasn’t revealed to May. Why did he dump her to marry her sister April? Misunderstandings,
Hallie Szott

For the sake of her niece, May Bender must marry Thad Hochstedler. Quite inconveniently, he left her brokenhearted when he chose to marry her sister. Now, they must sort through the challenges lingering from the past, as well as those of day-to-day living within their marriage of convenience.

The Amish Marriage Bargain contains layers as these characters deal with their reality. It’s a story of truth and hardship and second chances, and I enjoyed seeing May and Thad figure it all out. For
Patti Pierce
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagine being in love with someone and planning to marry him and then being jilted for your sister. That is what happened to May Bender. But then after her sister dies unexpectedly and leaves behind a daughter, May moves in so she can take care of her niece. So when the Bishop of their Amish community tells them they must marry, May struggles with what to do. Add in a domineering mother-in-law and this story comes to life.

From an injury to a tornado to figuring out how to keep her parents’ farm,
Dana Busenbark
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, love, amish, baby, child
Who are May, Thad, Leah, Alvin, and April? How do they know one another? Who is Gretchen? I don't like her one bit right off the bat of meeting her in this story. Wow, this story was so unexpected for me. I enjoy reading Amish romance stories, and this one had many different interwoven layers. These layers included things that I don't normally see in Amish romance that made it all the more interesting for me. Some of them were jealousy, hatred, fear, anger, and resentment. Of course, love is ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a great storyline and I really enjoyed the marriage bargain explanation that the author gives us. I also liked the themes Marie E. Bast wove through the book. In Example, forgiveness is something we do have to work towards, it is not usually something automatic that happens. I thought Marie E. Bast did a good job conveying this theme throughout the book. The main characters were interesting and made you want to stick around and see what happens to them in the end. I did not really ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I hadn’t read any books by this author before. The story is engaging but somewhat predictable. You just don’t know exactly what will drive the couple apart. Misunderstandings and miscommunication abound, along with a meddling mother-in-law. I cared about May and Thad and rooted for their success in marriage and life. They face plenty of challenges, some rather unexpected. I like surprises in a story. Some elements about the Amish in this novel are different than others I’ve heard of or read ...more
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MARIE E. BAST is the Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author of The Amish Baker and The Amish Marriage Bargain, and the first place 2015 contemporary winner of the Ignite the Flame Contest for The Perfect Client. Her stories whisper words of hope, healing, and forgiveness through complex characters and twisting plots. She has published short stories and poetry in book compilations: Chicken Soup for ...more