I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I devoured it in just 2 days. I’d never read an Amish romance before and was fascinated by the rich detail of life in the community. The author doesn’t shy from the more difficult aspects of the Amish way of life: the rigid gender roles, the heavy manual work, the pressure to marry early… and the obligation to marry within the faith. Emma is a conservative Mennonite. She is welcomed by the Amish community… until she falls for an Amish man, Jakob. Emma and Jakob are appealing characters, deeply religious but not po-faced, full of life and fun. I was really rooting for them as they wrestled with their feelings and their families’ reactions to their budding relationship. I look forward to reading more romances in a similar setting by the author.
Usually, I read romances with more spice, but somehow I was drawn to this one. I loved the way the families all conspired to get the younger to do what they wanted. It was cute. Also, I loved the twists and turns as Jakob and Emma had some misunderstandings before they figured out their feelings. I really enjoyed this book!
My experience with Amish fiction has been the gritty mysteries of Linda Castillo. So I wasn’t quite prepared for Holy Matchmaker. I’m so glad I picked up this book! I read it in one day. It’s sweet and unapologetically reverent. The writing is solid and the characters are all people you’d like to meet and have kaffi with. Kudos to this author for writing a feel-good book that isn’t condescending but that portrays a strong heroine who knows her own heart and a hero who gives her his. Highly recommended!
I ordered this book on Kindle earlier today, with some misgivings, wondering if I would enjoy it. I started reading and was absolutely blown away by this compelling, beautiful and exceptionally well-written story. I felt like it had transported me into another world, and I loved it. I fell in love with not just Jakob and Emma, but the supporting characters as well. I live close to an Amish community and have enjoyed limited contact with them, but this was wonderful, and I felt as if I'd been given a wonderful insight and education to their lifestyle, beliefs and culture. I loved the way the author used the Amish language for many words and put them in italics so the reader would understand they were meant to be this way.
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My only complaint about this book was at the end - I would have loved to read another entire story about Emma and Jakob's early years together. As delighted as I was to read that they did indeed have children, I was hungry for more of these wonderful characters and their life together. I would have loved to hear what animals they had on their farm. I highly recommend this book and will be looking for more stories by this author. What a wonderful story. I wish I could award it ten stars!
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This is an exceptionally good book about the closeness of the Mennonite faith and the Amish faith and their similarities. This reader learned a lot about this and it didn't hurt that the characters fell in love.
This is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down. The characters and descriptions of everything that happened were such that it made me feel like I was there in the story watching as a bystander. The book is very well written, and I highly recommend this read to any anyone who enjoys a good clean story.