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Leah's Choice by Marta Perry

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Leah's Choice by Marta Perry

Reviewed by Vickie McDonough

"Ms. Perry does a fabulous job of taking the reader on an intriguing journey into the private world of the Amish."

A young woman must choose between the love of her life or her way of life

When the man Leah Beiler loved left their Amish society to live among the English, her heart was broken. She immersed herself in her faith, family, and community and soon became the local schoolteacher. She knows she’ll never marry and is satisfied with her life—until Daniel Glick, a troubled widower and his three children, move into their community.

Leah longs to help the two older Glick children, who are troubled by the loss of their mother, but their enigmatic father resists her offers. Though circumstances throw Leah and Daniel together until his defenses begin to lower, Leah becomes frustrated with the fervent matchmaking efforts of her community.

When Johnny Kile, the man Leah once thought she’d marry, covertly returns and asks her to help him help the children of the community who suffer from genetic illnesses, she balks. Johnny has been shunned by her community because of his decision to leave the Amish. Leah struggles with her feelings and her desire to help the children. And does she still care about Johnny—enough to maybe leave her community? Will she cling to the life she holds dear and remain a spinster for the rest of her days? Or is it possible that God has something more wonderful for her than she could have imagined?

I’ve read a number of Marta Perry’s books, but I believe this is my favorite. Ms. Perry does a fabulous job of taking the reader on an intriguing journey into the private world of the Amish. Leah is a strong heroine, kind-hearted and always helping others. Daniel is a hurting hero, determined to protect his children above all else. Through gatherings, such as barn raisings and helping others in need, Ms. Perry illustrates the strength and tight bond of the Amish community. I’ve not read many Amish books, but this one pulled me in from the start. I ached for Leah in the tough choices she had to make and longed to see her happy and content. With its long-lost-love returned, the possibility of a new love, sibling struggles, and loads of heart-tugging emotion, readers are sure to enjoy Leah's Choice.

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Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.