This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Amish Romance, Inspirational Romance
Published by Love Inspired
Released on February 1, 2021
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.
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.
Mt. TBR #13
COYER Season #13
About the Book
Someone 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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