The Wish (The Amish of Cedar Grove #1) by Patricia Davids
Published April 30th 2019 by HQN Books
THE WISH is the first book in the Amish of Cedar Grove series, but I listened to The Hope first. There is no issue reading these books out of order. Laura Beth Yoder is an Amish widow who loved her husband very much but feels it’s time to move on. She is planning on fixing up her home and farm, selling it to move to Ohio to find a new husband, as there is no one in Cedar Grove that interests her. When a storm hits, a stranger driving through the area with is infant son, has an accident right by her farm. Heading over to see if she can help, she rescues both of them just before the car is washed away. Joshua is ex-Amishs, someone who turned his back on his faith at the young age of 17, when he ran away. He came from a dysfunctional family and never made peace with his past. Laura has dreamed of having a baby to love all of her life. Who is this stranger? What is he doing in Cedar Grove? Can this attraction Laura Beth feels toward Joshua and his son Caleb come to anything?
This was a beautiful story that I did not want to end, but also wanted to see how it ended. It evoked a lot of emotions, especially when Laura Beth was honest about her feelings of being a widow, this had me in tears. The relationships between the characters were wonderful. Laura Beth and her sister Sarah had a special relationship having lost their parents and only having each other. Laura Beth was more like a mother to Sarah, and Sarah, a daughter that doesn’t always listen. Laura Beth and Joshua had an amazing relationship that grew and developed in a wonderful way. They slowly came to care for one another through looking after Caleb and the farm. Of course both of them felt that the relationship wouldn’t work, so didn’t want to reveal their feelings to the other. I enjoyed their banter and dialogue as they got to know one another better. This story is filled with humor, lost love, forgiveness, and second chances. I found myself cheering for Laura while she tried to help Joshua heal. Laura Beth is a person that thinks she knows what is best for everyone and that causes some angst, but it all works out. There is humour as well as heartbreak in this story. I loved it and do not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance, Amish stories and second chance love stories. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Synopsis: Second chances come at the most unexpected times…
Widow Laura Beth Yoder longs for a family of her own. So much so that she’s preparing to leave the sleepy Amish town she calls home to find love. But a terrible storm washes out the creek, forcing her to wade in and save the life of an Englisch man and his adorable infant son. As they recover at the farm, the baby brings sunshine and joy, while the handsome outsider is filled with shadows…and secrets.
Joshua King owes his life and his son’s to Laura Beth. Still, lingering at her farm is out of the question. He must fulfill a promise he made to his estranged wife on her deathbed: to deliver their son to his Amish in-laws. With his dark past, Joshua has no other choice. But his plans never took this sweet and surprising Amish widow into account. She just might be his second chance at happiness…and love.
About the Author: I was born and raised in Northcentral Kansas. I’m a farmer’s daughter, but I now make my home in the city of Wichita. I’m an RN. Neonatal nursing has been the main focus of my career. What can I say? I love babies. I was invited to the high school graduation of a baby I took care of. Talk about making me feel old!
In June of 2011 I became a widow after my husband of 36 years and 11 months died from multiple brain tumors. It was a very sad time, but thanks to the three f’s, my faith, my family and my friends, life is moving forward. I have four brothers, one daughter and two grandchildren who all work at making me feel loved.
I’m the author of more than 30 books and I’m currently writing a series called The Brides of Amish Country for Love Inspired. The most exciting news of the year will be the release of the first of three stories through Harlequin’s HQN imprint. What a wonderful career break for me. The stories are bigger, richer and longer than what you are probably used to seeing from me. The best part is that I’ve set the stories in my beloved home state of Kansas. We don’t have many Amish here but we have some interesting differences from the rest of the country that I’m happy to highlight in my stories. The series will be called The Amish of Cedar Grove. The first book, “The Wish” came out in May 2019 with the second “The Hope” having come out in November.