Review: Someone to Trust by Patricia Davids

Posted February 4, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Review: Someone to Trust by Patricia Davids
Someone to Trust

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Series: North Country Amish #5
Genres: Amish Romance, Inspirational Romance
Published by Love Inspired
Released on February 1, 2021
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

A matchmaking scheme appears doomed from the start for a man who has been burned in the past and wants to focus on his work and a woman from the Deaf community who thinks only a Deaf man can love her.  But, love does have a way of things and I was eager to see them win each other over.

Review

Someone to Trust is the fifth in the North Country Amish series, but it is a loose connection and worked fine standalone for me.

Gabe Fischer receives the news that their family is about to welcome his mother’s cousin and her stepchildren with reservations.  He knows full well that his mother would love to see him and his three brothers married and giving her grandchildren.  His brothers might welcome this with his blessing, but Gabe just wants to be left alone to build up his leather business that he hopes will bolster the family buggy and cart making business and keep his brothers from having to take factory jobs.  He tried love once and the woman used him to make her real love jealous.  But, his resolve doesn’t last much further than a life-saving rescue of a pretty, talented woman who happens to be deaf.

Esther Burkholder is on this trip to Maine under silent protest.  Wanetta has never liked her and always thought Esther was faking her hardships to hear and lip-read and it is just stubbornness.  Wanetta is set on seeing Esther and her three sisters wed, but Esther wants nothing to do with the scheme.  She cared deeply for a hearing man once before and he only wanted her when he thought she could be fixed.  No, it is best she remain single and work at the Deaf School or find a Deaf man who values a Deaf wife.  She is relieved when Gabe is willing to be friends and no more and he wants and prizes her help.  He champions her to Wanetta and her own family to value her differences and not shut her out.  She is made welcome in the Amish community there and thrills at the wild beauty around the farm and Gabe’s shared interest in that.  Slowly she opens up to new possibilities, but, in the end, can she trust a man who is not Deaf to love her as she is?

This was a tender, heartwarming story and I thought the detailing of Amish lifestyle and the Deaf community was done amazingly well.  The characters of Gabe and Esther were engaging from the start.  They had issues of their own to work through and had to cross a divide to understand each other.  This was developed nicely in their slowburn romance.  I fell in love with the woodsy beauty of the setting and wished I could sketch wildflowers and birds like Esther.

The romance was at the center, but family as well as the need to get Gabe’s business up and running were also big elements in the plot.  I liked how it was portrayed that Esther and her family had to grow together after letting her Deafness separate them on both sides.  Gabe and his family were fun and sweet together including his huge and lovable draft horses that wore his dazzling parade harnesses when they went to town.

All in all, it was tender and gentle with a lovely heartwarming romance at the core.  I liked the author’s writing style and story/character development so I definitely want to get more and hope to read the earlier stories in this series.  Those who enjoy Amish romance or like the idea of a Deaf heroine represented should definitely give this a go.

My thanks to Harlequin for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book
Someone to Trust by Patricia DavidsSomeone to Trust by Patricia Davids

On an Amish matchmaking trip,

can she avoid falling in love?

Esther Burkholder has no interest in her stepmother’s matchmaking when her family visits an Amish community in Maine. Deaf from a young age, she’s positive a hearing man couldn’t understand the joys and trials of living in a silent world. But Gabe Fischer is certainly handsome, hardworking and brave. More importantly, he sees the real Esther. Might this Amish bachelor be her unexpected perfect match?

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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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Maureen @ Maureen's Books

I’m glad you enjoyed this book. I haven’t heard about the Amish Romance genre to be honest. I’ll have to read more about it 😉

Sophia Rose
2 months ago

Oh fun! Glad to introduce you to a new to you romance genre, Maureen.

Nadene
2 months ago

This sounds delightful. Honestly, I have never been inclined to read an Amish romance.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Nadene

I enjoy reading them after my grandmother told me stories about visiting her sister who lived near an Amish community in Pennsylvania. This book tugged at me because I loved that there is a Deaf heroine.

Mary Kirkland
2 months ago

I’ve never read an Amish romance but I can see the appeal.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

They’re like reading a historical or an inspirational historical. 🙂

Ethan
2 months ago

As someone who has family members who are hearing impaired (legally deaf), I love that this book features a glimpse into that community!

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

Neat that you have that family connection. My brother’s best friend signs for the Deaf or interprets sign for the hearing. I always wanted to learn their language. I was very excited to see this title on offer because she is a Deaf heroine.

Carole Rae
2 months ago

I do not think I have ever read an Amish romance or a story where the hero/heroine is deaf.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I read a historical where the heroine was partially deaf, but this was my first for a fully deaf person and part of the Deaf community. I was glad to see it as I am with all books with a main character with special abilities. 🙂

Iza
Iza
2 months ago

It’s not exactly my style of reading, but I do appreciate the deaf component. When my library was turned into a worksite and closed for some time, I went to work for a library with deaf coworkers and public and I loved it, I even started to learn the language and wish I could have lessons (of course, I have bought a manual !).

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Iza

Yeah, it’s a niche type of romance sub-genre, but I like Amish romance now and then. This one I grabbed because there was a Deaf heroine. That is so cool about you getting to work at a library with Deaf staff and patrons. LOL, but of course. I want to learn the language, too.

Rachel
2 months ago

I love the sound of this one. I haven’t read many books featuring Amish characters, but I like the idea of a simpler lifestyle. Wonderful review, Sophia Rose!

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

I read them now and then and generally love them, but I admit I picked this one for the Deaf heroine. 🙂 Thanks, Rachel!

Lola
2 months ago

Sounds like an interesting read with how it deals with the Amish and deaf communities. The woodsy setting sounds appealing too. Sounds like it has a solid romance. Great review!

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Lola

All that captivated my attention and I had to read it. Loved the story. Thanks, Lola!