Anyone who has been following the delightful Amish romance
tales from author Emma Miller will be thrilled to find
another in her The Amish Matchmaker series. The
hours of farm work and the need to use all the daylight
tend to trap people into the work cycle. Especially when
they don't use electricity or cars. Finding A HUSBAND FOR
MARI is a specialist task.
Mari Troyer had been working an assembly line in Wisconsin,
barely living, but now the plant has shut in winter and she
can't pay for heat. Time to move. Like many young women
raised honest, she was naive, and that has left her with a
son, now nine, and no means of support. If it wasn't for
her cousin Sara Yoder inviting her to come and stay in
Delaware, she would be in a very bad way. She can't buy
her son Zachary electronic toys, and he's having trouble at
school. But Zach doesn't want to go. Amish people dress
strangely, speak Deitsch and act differently. How will they
Sara Yoder, who featured in a previous book, is a fiftyish
widow and a force of nature. She provides rooms for young
people who want to move to the community and make a match.
One of the few who didn't criticise Mari, Sara makes a home
for the little family. A job in a butcher's shop is
waiting, as Mari can deal with both Amish and English
customers and methods. The girl dresses plainly, wanting to
fit in, but she's soon the subject of attention from local
people, including the team of carpenters building an
extension to Sara's home. One of them, James Hostetler, has
four nephews so he knows what boys are like. Maybe this,
and learning carpentry, is what the unhappy Zach needs.
I love the coat swap, an ideal way for mothers to get
gently-worn coats for growing kids. In fact, kids are just
accepted here, and there are so many lively, well-fed
youngsters one more hardly matters. It's different
from Mari's home area where the deacon told her she could
not keep her child if she wanted to stay. I think this
shows us that while each group interprets teachings in
their own way, a little humanity goes far. Acceptance of a
non-baptised outsider girl into the family however is
another matter, as we see. But Zach, who is a well-written,
fast-learning character, takes matters into his own hands.
A HUSBAND FOR MARI is a terrific read and will delight
lovers of realistic romance.
Struggling single mother Mari Troyer decides to move—
—to the Amish community of Seven Poplars. With a place to
and a good job, Mari soon fits right in with the warm,
Delaware residents. But when her son asks a matchmaker to
Mari a husband, Mari worries that the handsome builder
become the boy's father figure can never be her intended.
Hostetler requires a wife as committed to the Amish life as
is. Need brought Mari to Seven Poplars, but maybe love and
renewed faith will make her stay forever.