The Rescued by Marta Perry #YoursAffectionately #Review

Posted June 14, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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The Rescued by Marta Perry #YoursAffectionately #Review
The Rescued

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Series: #2 Keepers of the Promise
Genres: Inspirational Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on June 2, 2015
Pages: 252
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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A Contemporary Amish woman struggles with the distance in her marriage and the trouble between her husband and his brother while in the past another Amish woman must stand up for her beliefs and maybe take another chance on love.

This is thee second book of stories about three cousins who were told by their grandmother to choose a family heirloom and find that their piece of the past and their grandmother’s wisdom has bearing on their present circumstance. The first book was heartwarming, emotion-laden and a strong bit of writing entwining two Amish tales of romance and I found that this second book brings more of the same even while introducing new people with new circumstances. Again, it was a treat for the heart.

Judith Wegler, the oldest of the three cousins, is a married woman raising her husband’s youngest sibling and her own three boys. She married the man she loved, has a lovely home, and all that she could have dreamed of as a young girl. Appearances can be deceiving. Judith goes through her life trying to stand buffer between her husband and his brother as they pull further and further apart and she tries to not let on that she suspects that she was married for practical reasons and that her husband is a withdrawn man who can’t let go of his past pain.

The project of joining her cousins to sort through her grandmother’s things netted her a round study table that she is cleaning up for her own brood to sit at and do their homework. Within one of the drawers, she discovers Mattie Lapps’ letters and what it was like for an Amish woman in 1953. Mattie Lapp is a widow and must face the decision of sending her daughter to the huge Englischer High School or go to jail. Mattie must find her own strength and decide what she should do about the feelings between her and her late husband’s cousin, Adam, who is her closest friend and always there for her.

The two stories were equally engaging for me and I enjoyed following along this gently-paced story set amongst the Amish community crossing two times. The details of their lives, the rich attention to dialogue and character development and the relationships of family, friends and romance were all so well-written. The characters are flawed, but they grow and I loved that this was narrated not just by the two women, but also the two men.

Judith and Isaac are the contemporary couple. Judith is a peacemaker and she hates conflict. She struggles with her role in what is happening between her husband and his coming of age younger brother who has his own dreams and they don’t involve the family farm. Isaac was the oldest child and along with his younger brother survived a fire that took his parents and three sisters. He has suppressed his memories and emotions for so long and let survivor’s guilt put him on the path to alienating his wife and driving his brother away.

Mattie and Adam were the couple from the past. They are both surviving members of their marriages and are friends who slowly realize that they are attracted. She thinks he is too young and wants her for all the wrong reasons and he has held back because he respected his cousin so much and still thinks of Mattie as Ben’s wife. Then the trouble with the Board of Education starts and Adam stands quietly at Mattie’s side as she makes her decision about who will control the education of her children.

All in all, this was a beautiful story that made me smile and cry as well as sigh. I would recommend it for those who enjoy Inspirational Romance or Sweet Contemporary Romance set in the Amish world.

Romance Roundabout #191 CR

Cliché Klatch #109 ‘He was stalling’

Yours Affectionately

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Red Iza
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It’s an original setting and I think I’d like to read it, but later, after or during possible peaceful vacations ! That cover is lovely. Thanks for sharing, Sophia, it’s a book I would have not cared about if it weren’t for your review 🙂

Sophia Rose
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I love that peaceful cover art, too, Iza. I enjoy Amish romances for their distinct world and setting. I’ve always been fascinated how they live right in the middle of the modern world just quietly doing their thing.

Lover Of Romance
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Enjoyed your thoughts on this one. I see that we have a friends to lovers trope and I do enjoy inspirational romances, and I haven’t read any in quite some time. So I definitely will add this, I love the unique set up.

Sophia Rose
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The first book I got on a whim b/c I hadn’t read Amish romance in a long time. I loved the two stories in one with one from the past and one from the present. They are Inspirational, but also nicely developed so the characters and their stories are strong, too.

Lola
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I often have some trouble with stories set in two different times as it can feel a bit jarring, but it can also be done well. Sounds like it works for this series. Do the past and future storyline have a connection? I don’t think I ever read an Amish romance and not really sure what to expect from one. It sounds like a beautifull story. Great review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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The connections are two-fold. The Amish from the 50s are related to the ones in the present though not direct line (great-aunts and uncles). Also, the stories are connected through diaries, letters, etc that the present-day Amish ladies find in the old furniture that tell the story of the Amish gals from the past.

Amish stories are like reading about a whole different people and I find their ways fascinating. I guess it would be like reading about very religious folks from a couple hundred years ago if that makes sense.

Lola
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Oh that sounds really well done with the conenctions. With how they are related and the present day characters find things and letter from the past.
I once long ago read a book where there was a connection like that with the present person finding out about the past storyline, but sadly can’t remember the title. It was a dutch book I think.

I might have to check out some amish books once, it would be interesting to learn more about their culture.

Sophia Rose
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I’m not sure what to recommend since I’ve only read a few. This series is good. There is also a series that blends Jane Austen stories with the Amish culture by Sarah Price. I’ve got my eye on those.

Lanies Book Thoughts
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I live in PA, so we have plenty of Amish here, it’d be interesting to read a story like this. Like Lola said, I think the whole differences in times and intertwining them would be hard for me to follow. It sounds like too much work. However, it looks good, I’m glad you liked it:D Great review missy!

Sophia Rose
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It’s not too tough since the stories are very different and distinguished by separations, but I’ll admit that it can feel a bit like you’re reading two stories at once. That’s neat that you live near the setting.

Braine TS
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You really do read EVERYTHING! The only Amish book I’ve read was Bickle’s YA vampire series. I haven’t tried the romance stuff. I must try it one of thse days just to say I’ve read the sub-genre at least once.

Sophia Rose
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LOL! I do try to stretch my romance legs a bit. I’m not familiar with that vampire series. I’ll have to check it out.

Lindy Gomez
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Lindy Gomez

I find the Amish sub culture very interesting. The Temptation Series by Karen Ann Hopkins is an amazing Amish romance! The Rescued sounds delightful! I love that you get two romantic stories in one! I think it’s great that the author narrated the story by using both women and both men as well. This sounds like such a rich character driven story! Lovely Review Sophia 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

Sophia Rose
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I loved getting all their perspectives, too. I think it is the first time that I’ve read from an Amish male POV. And I added The Temptation series to my wish list after reading the reviews on your blog. 😉 You sold me, Lindy!