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The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby

The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby, March 2021
The Amish Quiltmaker #1
by Jennifer Beckstrand

Kensington
ISBN: 1420151991
EAN: 978-142015199
Kindle: B089NHZ8ZM
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"A tale of two sisters in Colorado - and a baby to raise"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby
Jennifer Beckstrand

Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted August 14, 2021

Amish | Romance

Esther Zook has sold her late parents’ farm and moved from Pennsylvania to Byler, Colorado. Here she joins a new Amish community. There aren’t many eligible young people yet, but Esther is happy to be single at thirty. THE AMISH QUILTMAKER’S UNEXPECTED BABY arrives suddenly as Esther’s wandering sister Ivy drops off her infant and leaves with Esther’s housekeeping money.   

I’ve now read a few books about a new baby being deposited onto people who don’t know anything about raising a baby. I always ask who the target readership might be – is it the mom who can sit and chuckle at the panic experienced by the singleton? Or the anxious mom to be, who can learn valuable lessons? This particular romance has plenty of humour but also character-testing drama.

Levi Kiem, the local handyman, turns up in time to aid Esther. Oldest of a large family, he has a lot of experience with boppli, as the Amish call babies. And little Winter, promptly renamed Winnie, is very cute, and can’t help crying for a clean diaper and a feed. Levi is planning to travel to Ohio to find a maid his own age, twenty-four, so the older Esther doesn’t attract him. But he has to grin as this lady rushes around with quilter’s chalk behind her ear, insists on helping with tiling the bathroom, and panics when the child hiccups.

Winnie is not valuable to Ivy until it becomes apparent that the baby might be a tool for a scheming woman to attach herself to a man who could support her. The Amish Quiltmaker series also stars Levi’s grandmother, Hannah Kiem, who blogs, and has a friend who photographs her quilts and posts the images. Hannah has thousands of Instagram followers and her patterns are adored. I always enjoy the way that the Amish are shown as following the rules of their Order but getting around them any time it seems suitable.  

Jennifer Beckstrand is notable for her lighthearted romances, and much as I laughed, I also found the second half of the book hard to read at times, with Ivy returning to manipulate, lie to and disrespect her sister and others. Esther isn’t pure enough of heart to forgive her sister – who could? but she has grown to love Winnie, and the prospect of losing the child tears her in two. THE AMISH QUILTMAKER’S UNEXPECTED BABY is extremely well sewn together with a reverse pattern and neatly finished edges. You’ll enjoy the final picture.

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SUMMARY

Filled with her trademark humor and relatable characters comes the first in an engaging new series from award winning author Jennier Beckstrand, when an Amish quiltmaker moves from Pennsylvania to a new settlement in Colorado, where adventure, challenges, and love are waiting.

Esther Zook is starting over after her father's death, piecing together a new life with as much as care as she puts into her intricate quilts. When her wayward sister abandons her baby, it throws all those plans for a fresh start asunder. Esther had accepted her status as an old maid--but a mother? And a single one, at that? Not that she hasn't noticed Levi Kiem, the eligible young man who's making repairs in her house. Yet he surely has no interest in Esther as anything other than a friend...

It's true that Levi has plenty of marriage prospects. His dat has even offered to send him to Ohio to find a wife. Yet the more time he spends with Esther, the more intrigued he becomes. Feisty and independent, he's nothing like the wife he once imagined for himself. Yet just as a quilt is crafted from contrasting cloth, they might find that together, they can create a family to cherish...


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Re: A tale of two sisters in Colorado - and a baby to raise

Thank you so much for your lovely review! I will share it.
(Jennifer Beckstrand 6:59pm August 19, 2021)

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