The Bishop's Son (The Amish of Bee Country Series #2)Kelly Irvin
Two men offer Leila two very different futures. Will she choose with her heart or with her faith? Leila Lantz has been in love with Jesse Glick from the day she first saw him at his father’s store, but she can’t make sense of his intentions. One day he wants to come c... Read More
Leila Lantz has been in love with Jesse Glick from the day she first saw him at his father’s store, but she can’t make sense of his intentions. One day he wants to come courting, the next he seems to be putting distance between them.
Jesse may be the bishop’s son, but his faith has been wavering of late. If he is so unsure, is it fair to give Leila false hope for a future he doubts he can provide?
Then there’s Will, Jesse’s cousin. He has been trying to keep his feelings for Leila a secret, but he also knows Jesse is wrestling with his faith. Would declaring his feelings for Leila be in her best interest or simply serving his own selfish desires?
Leila knows she can choose Will and be secure in her own future. But when her heart speaks, it’s Jesse’s name she hears. When will God make His will known to her? Could leaving everything she knows—even her own faith—be a part of God’s plan?
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Sep 29, 2015
- UPC: 9780310339540
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 368
- Publish Date: Sep 29, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 0310339545
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- Amish Novel Not Like the Others by sara on 11/18/2015
Leila Lantz is a young Amish woman who has recently moved to Texas from Tennessee after her father’s death. Her mother has just remarried, and her oldest sister has also married, and now expecting a child. Leila falls in love with Jesse Glick, the Amish Bishop’s son, but Jesse is hiding a secret that could pull Leila away from her family should she choose to let him pursue her. Jesse has claimed her heart, but is she able to give up everything for him?
Will, Jesse’s cousin, is also interested in Leila. He is a strong Amish man who desires to be baptized into the faith, and live the rest of his life simply with a wife and children. Will can give Leila the life she is used to and a secure future. But, Leila is unsure which man God has planned for her. Comfort and security vs. risk and reward.
I enjoyed this book for the most part. It was refreshing to see the other side of the coin…that sometimes the Englisch aren’t all bad, and that Amish life isn’t always the utopia that some novels make it out to be. I also really liked the writing…it was very descriptive. When I entered a scene, I knew what it looked like, smelled like, and what the characters were thinking about it. The only thing that wasn’t overly satisfying was the ending. On one hand, the ending was good, and it’s what had to happen. But on the other hand, you knew at least one person was going to end up with a broken heart. I will be reading more novels by this author; her descriptive language really pulled me in.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan Publishers and BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
- Book 2, The Amish of Bee County series by author Kelly Irvin by Kathleen E. on 10/12/2015
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The Bishop's Son by Kelly Irvin, © 2015
Book 2 in the Amish of Bee County series
This story is going to give you a lot of food for thought, whether Amish or Englischer, you will not passively read Leila Lantz's story. Would you choose differently for her? Would you wonder if she chose from her heart, from a need to choose a decision, or from knowing God's exact plan for her?
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. ~ Colossians 3:1, 2 (The Message)
I got tugged at, even near the end, wondering if Leila was going to change direction after she had professed her intention. A peace that passes all understanding, a surety that we belong to the One who has claimed us as His own.
How do we leave home to go home?
Leaving childhood behind, entering adulthood, making future plans that encompass more than herself, Leila Lantz has new beginnings. Helping her family, making a way for future links with other young women, Leila is given permission to take a job in town. She is an inspiration to one young father as he asks how to care for his daughter. With wise counsel and even a hand in a new perspective for him, Leila sets his life on a new course. A young couple, torn between honoring their family in finishing high school and caring for their young son, Leila is a true friend and a strong foundation in hope. Cousins Jesse and Will bid for her hand and her heart. Decisions they make wrap around her heart as she finds what is her true course.
Kelly Irvin is a strong writer. Both of these first two stories could be read as stand-alones but you will enjoy getting to meet the surrounding families as they meld their lives together. Mordecai King, his sister, Susan, and his son Phineas, are favorites in my view, and I hope to find them interspersed in book 3, The Saddle Maker's Son, releasing in June of 2016.
***Thank you to author Kelly Irvin and to Zondervan/HarperCollins for sending me a copy of The Bishop's Son to review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***