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A Love for Leah

A Love for Leah, February 2017
Amish Matchmaker #4
by Emma Miller

Love Inspired
224 pages
ISBN: 0373622554
EAN: 9780373622559
Kindle: B01HB97I9S
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"The returned missionary seeks an Amish husband"

Fresh Fiction Review

A Love for Leah
Emma Miller

Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted May 16, 2017

Inspirational Romance | Inspirational Amish | Amish

Leah Yoder is unique among Amish heroines I have read to date. She went to South America to be a missionary with her Mennonite husband, but when a fever struck, she was widowed. Now returned to Delaware, she seeks the services of The Amish Matchmaker in the fourth book in this series, A LOVE FOR LEAH.

Thomas Stutzman has walked with many single girls, enjoying life. But his family wants to him to marry, and the young teacher he asks refuses. He's a nice lad, but she's not in love. Thomas may have to seek a matchmaker's advice, though he never expected to need one. Sara Yoder is the nearest matchmaker and she's got a good success rate, and she wonders if her cousin Leah would suit. But Leah expects an older man, maybe a widower with family, while Thomas has his heart set on a merry lass his own age.

Leah even drives a car. Nothing fancy, just serviceable; she converted to the Mennonite ways upon her marriage. She has a store of memories of the Brazilian rainforest and village, but that's past and now she's considering returning to Amish traditions. I think this change to a more medieval lifestyle would be hard on a woman used to some conveniences. However Leah would have no social security safety net so I understand her wanting to return to her community. Sara decides to invite Leah to a social evening she's holding, where lots of eligible young people can mingle, including some from Virginia. This is the Amish social network.

I particularly enjoyed the look at organic vegetable farming, which we are told is a growing trend. Tending fields with compost and beehives, then picking produce without artificial chemicals, seems totally in line with Amish principles. Thomas is considering this farming but has to visit a going concern to learn. At the same time he uses some heavy machinery for digging. I had another chuckle when a couple are required to have a chaperone, but the only person not engaged in work is a grandmother. So Granny gets a day trip with ice-cream, which sounds like an excellent idea. The whole community is portrayed which is one of the great aspects of series books; the tale is really well grounded. Emma Miller is clearly having fun mixing and matching. I recommend A LOVE FOR LEAH for any reader who wants a book without strife. Each of her inspirational Amish romances reads better than the last.

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SUMMARY

The Widow's Second Chance

Widow Leah Yoder married for love once. Now that she's come home to Seven Poplars, she wants a marriage of convenience that will provide a longed-for family without dishonoring the memory of her late husband. A steady, serious older man would be ideal—someone completely unlike handsome, fun-loving Thomas Stutzman. She and the aspiring organic farmer agree to court to prove that this time, the matchmaker has made a mistake! But as their friendship deepens, will Leah settle for what she thought she needed, or put fear aside for a second chance at happiness?


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