This is one of my 20 Books of Summer. I finished it back in August, but did not have time to post my review.
The Amish Teacher’s Gift (Love and Promises #1) by Rachel J. Good
Published April 24th 2018 by Forever
This is the first book in the Love and Promises series. I read the last one and loved it so, I have gone back to read the first two that I missed. This is a story of love, not just romantic love, but family love and the love of a teacher for her students.
Ada Rupp is raising her seven siblings and recently started working at the Amish School for Children with Special Needs. Her mamm died in the past year and we don’t find out what happened with her daed until the end of the book. She is dedicated to her family and to her scholars. She wants to do what is necessary to help them succeed. She has given up on marriage and believes she will be a spinster raising her siblings. Josiah Yoder is a widower. His wife died recently, but she had been in Mexico with their young son Nathan for three years so they do not have much of a relationship. While in Mexico, Nathan became ill and as a result, lost his hearing. He has been enrolled in Ada’s class. He has severe temper tantrums, can’t communicate and seems terrified of his father. Will Ada be able to reach this young man.
This book took me through the gamut of emotions. There were times that broke my heart and other spots that had me smiling and laughing. I was angry at times, but overall, this is a book with a happy ending. Ada and Josiah are wonderful characters. They are both suffering and have baggage. Neither of them think the other could possibly have feelings for him or herself. I love the children in this story. From little Mary Elizabeth who cries when she has to leave Ada, to darling David who is also deaf and stubborn Sadie who is growing up and wants less responsibility, not more, Ada’s siblings are wonderful. Nathan changes so much throughout this book. He broke my heart so many times. I know what it is like for a young child to lose a parent, but to not understand where they are or what happened is terrible. This story grabbed me from the first page and I did not want to stop reading it. I am ready for the next in this series.
About the Book: A Teacher’s Love
Widower Josiah Yoder wants to be a good father. But it’s not easy with a deaf young son who doesn’t understand why his mamm isn’t coming home. At a loss, Josiah enrolls Nathan in a special-needs school and is relieved to see his son immediately comforted by his new teacher, a woman whose sweet charm and gentle smile just might be the balm they both need.
With seven siblings to care for, Ada Rupp wasn’t sure she wanted to take on teaching, too. But the moment she holds Nathan in her arms, she realizes she’ll do all she can to help this lost little boy. Plus, it gives her a chance to spend more time with Josiah. Falling for a man in mourning may be against the rules, but his quiet strength is the support Ada never knew she needed. And, together, they could have the loving family she’d always hoped for.