Welcome to my stop on the June 2020 Love Inspired Series blog tour. Today, I am spotlighting and reviewing Her Amish Suitor’s Secret, the third book in the Amish of Serenity Ridge series by Carrie Lighte. I enjoy well written Amish Fiction and was very happy to participate in this tour.
Her Amish Suitor’s Secret (Amish of Serenity Ridge #3) by Carrie Lighte
Expected publication: May 19, 2020 by Love Inspired
Sometimes the truth comes at a cost.
Can she forgive him when she learns his true identity?
Posing as an Amish groundskeeper at Rose Allgyer’s lakeside cabin retreat, Englischer Caleb Miller is determined to clear his brother’s name of theft. But as he’s drawn to Rose’s good nature, the burden of his ruse gets heavier—especially after learning Rose was deceived by her ex-fiancé. Still guarded, will Rose trust Caleb with her heart when she discovers he isn’t who he claims to be?
How far will someone go to save their sibling. Caleb Miller is an Englischer posing as an Amish man while working as a groundskeeper at an Amish retreat owned by Rose Allyger;s aunt and uncle. His sole purpose is to clear his brother’s name. His brother has lost his job and could possible end up in prison for a theft of some valuable coins from the museum where he worked. An anonymous letter has led the brothers to believe that coins might be hidden somewhere around the camp. Luckly, Caleb worked on an Amish farm for several years in his youth, so can speak Dietsch and knows most of the Amish customs. It all seems pretty straight forward until feelings get in the way. Rose is dealing with betrayal from her last relationship and is not ready for the feelings she is beginning to feel for Caleb. Can an Englischer and an Amish maidel make a life together. What will happen when Rose finds out that another man has been lying to her?
This is the third book in the Amish of Serenity Ridge series, but not having read the first two did not cause any issues with reading, understanding and loving this story. I really liked Rose’s character. She moved to Maine to help her aunt and uncle while he underwent medical procedures in Ohio. She was such a hard worker and very independent. Not only was she taking care of most of the chores at the camp, but baking pies and making jams to sell so she could open her own shop once she returned home. She had a good sense of humor and was very good with her younger nieces. She was very strong in her faith, yet when it came to forgiveness, she was having a great deal of difficulty. Caleb was also a great character who worked hard, was kind and considerate, loyal to his family and cared very deeply for those he came to care about. Lying was taking its toll on him as he was also very strong in his faith, even though he was not Amish.
I really enjoyed watching Caleb and Rose develop a friendship and then something more. The secondary characters all added a lot to the story and made Serenity Ridge a real community. This was a well written Amish romance with some mystery and a bit of suspense. The characters were well developed and I came to care about them so that I was worried about what would happen to their budding relationship when the truth was revealed. Themes of trust, forgiveness, honesty and friendship are all important to the central plot. I have never read anything by Carrie Lighte, but I will watch for her books in the future and definitely go back and read the first two in this series. I recommend this book to those who enjoy Amish Fiction, especially those with some mystery and suspense along with the inevitable romance. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: Like the Amish characters she writes about, Carrie Lighte is very camera shy. She also enjoys making bread (by hand) and is blessed with a “wunderbaar” family and a strong faith in God. Carrie Lighte enjoys traveling to Amish communities across the United States and she hopes to visit a few in Canada soon, too. When she isn’t writing, reading or researching, she likes to hike, kayak and spend time at the beach.