Gabriel's BrideAmy Lillard
Rachel Yoder has two choices: marry Gabriel Fisher or move to Ohio.As an orphan, Rachel doesn t have much to offer; any match she can make will be a good one. She just didn t plan on Gabriel with his big hands and permanent frown.As a widower Gabriel needs help caring for th... Read More
As a widower Gabriel needs help caring for the farm and his six children.But he never thought he d marry a slip of a girl who barely reaches his chin.
Yet as time passes, Gabriel finds himself thinking about a real marriage.They have spoken vows to God and each other, but can he risk his heart with Rachel?
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Feb 1, 2014
- UPC: 9781433677540
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 311
- Publish Date: Feb 1, 2014
- Language: English
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 1433677547
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- Gabriel's Bride by Amy Lillard by Tina on 6/5/2015
Gabriel's Bride by Amy Lillard
Rachel Yoder's aunt has died and her home has been sold. Now orphaned and alone she has two choices: move to Ohio with a distant cousin who has eleven children—which also means she has to sell her goats and loose her organic goat cheese business; or a marriage of convenience to unfriendly and stern Gabriel Fisher, a widower with six children. If she marries Gabriel, she can keep her goats and her cheese business as well as having a home and family.
Everything does not go as smoothly as Rachel and Gabriel had hoped. For one thing his two middle sons are not happy with their dad's new wife. Those two mischievous sons hatch a plan to sabotage everything Rachel does in hopes to drive her away. However, Rachel takes in stride—as she does everything—and continues to make Gabriel's home and family her own. The youngest son, six year old Samuel, captures Rachel's heart and he loves her.
Gabriel is hopeful that his life will be much easier and uneventful with Rachel here to do the indoor chores, cook and mind his sons. But it appears that she can't keep the house clean for long and burns almost everything she cooks. However, her goat cheese is delicious!
Samuel captured my heart as he did Rachel's. I like the way Rachel kept going even with all that she had endured in her young life. Loved the antics the two middle boys pulled on Rachel and had to chuckle when she pulled one on them. Gabriel seemed blind to what they were up to and I wanted to go out to the barn and tell him. I enjoyed watching Gabriel and Rachel as they adjusted to their new lives together and the way love sneaks up on them. Faith and family are a very important part of their lives; add to that romance, some danger, joy as well as sadness, drama, heartbreak and humor. I could picture their farm, surrounding farms and community from the clear descriptions Amy Lillard painted.
~~I won a copy of this book from the author on Goodreads Bingo, this is my honest review~~
- An Awesome read by Elizabeth on 8/12/2014
by Amy Lillard
Gabriel's Bride is the third novel in The Clover Ridge Series and it is awesome. I am a big fan of Amy Lillard and I love her books. They are good clean books and when you start reading one you do not want to put it down. Rachel Yoder is an orphan and a young Amish woman who lives in Clover Ridge, Oklahoma. She is being forced to move and she has an offer to move to Ohio. Now if she does move to Ohio she can't carry her goats ,which she really loves. There would be a lot of changes for her. She meets Gabriel Fisher and thinks that he is so big and he has this awful frown all the time. Gabriel Fisher is a widow and is having a hard time taking care of his five boys at home. His oldest daughter, Mary Elizabeth left home to further her schooling. These five boys is a hand full. He can't take care of all their needs and work his farm. He needs help. Gabriel comes up with the idea of hiring a housekeeper to help out. Who could he get, he don't know of anyone that has the time to help him. One day he runs into Rachel Yoder. He decides to ask her if she would want the job since she is going to have to move anyway. Now Rachel has two choices , she can move to Ohio or move in and be housekeep for Gabriel and his five boys. Now The Bishop does not like this arrangement and he has other ideas . He tells them Rachel has to move or they have to get married. Get married ,neither one of them wants to do that. Gabriel and Rachel agrees this would be a marriage of convenience since both were having their problems. Rachel would still be a housekeeper. Would this work out? I will stop before I give to much away.
I was given a copy of this book from B
- GREAT Amish fiction! by J. Augustine on 5/15/2014
As a reader that only enjoys SOME Amish fiction I usually try a new author with some trepidation. I quickly lost that with Gabriel's Bride. The book was new, different, and not the usual hackneyed storyline. I was pulled in with chapter one and it kept me hooked all the way through to the last page.
I really liked both Rachel and Gabriel. Rachel is sweet and genuinely tries to fit in and help her new family. Gabriel is a bit gruff and doesn't always know what to say but he loves his family very much. It was neat watching the two grow, change, and get used to each other. I really enjoyed how Amy Lillard made her characters flawed and make mistakes but still doing their best and trying to do what is right for their family.
As with most Amish stories faith and family are foremost. I love the wholesome but also realistic life stages and predicaments that the characters find themselves in. There is romance, danger, drama, and humor all rolled into 300 pages of good book. Some of the best humor comes when Gabriel's boys decide they don't want a new mother and the tricks they pull on her, and how she good-naturedly gets back at them.
Gabriel's Bride was an enjoyable story that I would recommend to any lover of Amish fiction!
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
- For Convenience Sake! by Nancee on 3/23/2014
Gabriel Fisher has been widowed for six years, and has his hands full with five sons and a large farm to manage. His daughter recently left home during her rumspringa in order to continue her education, and his sister is planning for her upcoming wedding. With no alternative, his only option was to hire someone to manage his household and monitor the children.
Sadly, Rachel Yoder's aunt passed away leaving her homeless and alone, aside from distant cousins in Ohio. In order to remain in her Amish community in Oklahoma she takes the job as housekeeper for Gabriel in lieu of moving to Ohio to live with relative strangers. Gabriel agreed to allow her to bring her goats to his farm, an option that she was not allowed if she were to move to Ohio. Not considering the repercussions involved in the Amish community, Gabriel agreed for Rachel to live in his daughter's vacant room at the farm. The bishop of their district has other ideas when he discovers that Gabriel has an unmarried housekeeper living in his home.
A quick marriage arrangement takes place out of convenience for both Gabriel and Rachel. Gabriel's children don't take kindly to the idea as they still hold their mother close in their hearts, and the new housekeeper turned wife becomes easily distracted from her chores and has a penchant for burning nearly everything she cooks! Six-year-old Samuel is the exception to the rule. A Down syndrome child with learning disabilities, Samuel loves everything about Rachel, and becomes very attached to her. Rachel loves his sweet and affectionate nature and can't imagine her life without him. So begins a journey of joy and sadness, fun and games, mishaps and adventures, disappointment and desolation.
Returning to Clover Ridge, Oklahoma in the third installment of this series is pure delight, with moments of hilarity and occasions of emotional upheaval and heartbreak. Amy Lillard has written another wonderful Amish novel of love, tenderness, humor and despair, all rolled into a wonderful and emotional read. Amy is very talented in painting a pictorial representation of the locale, the Amish farms and surrounding area. I was impressed by that quality from "Saving Gideon" as well, the first book in this series. The characters throughout this book are very personalized and colorful, with traits that make you love them, and in some cases, dislike them, but in getting to know them personally this is a very enjoyable part of the story. I highly recommend Gabriel's Bride. This is a far different viewpoint from many Amish fiction stories, one that I particularly enjoyed. The books in this series can also be read as stand alone stories, but I recommend the entire series for your reading pleasure!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from B&H Publishing Groups in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
- Welcome Back to Oklahoma by Maureen on 2/1/2014
What a wonderful story, and a refreshing visit with some old friends. I loved being back in the Oklahoma community.
This is the third book in this series, and although you don't have to read the first to to read this one, I would recommend you do.
Come along with people who really live their faith. Rather than go against their beliefs, they form a marriage of convenience. I cannot really imagine myself doing this, but it was at the time the only option available. Or was it? Was this the will of God?
I loved the interaction between Rachael and Samuel, you could see their bond and love grow. The other boys were little devils, messing with the house and her cooking! Then their are the jumping amphibians and grasshoppers, can you imagine the mess in the house. We also the joy that is brought forth by being a family.
Come a long for a sweet visit, once you start you won't want to leave.
I received this book Net Galley, and the Publisher B & H Books, and was not required to give a positive review.