Rebekah Lantz feels imprisoned by circumstances she didn’t create. Tobias Byler is haunted by regret. Can two young runaways from half a world away teach them the healing power of true family?
Rebekah isn’t like her sister, but the watchful gaze of her family and small, close knit Amish community makes her feel as if she’s been judged and found lacking. The men avoid her and the women whisper behind her back. She simply longs for the same chance to be a wife and mother that her friends have.
Tobias Byler only wants to escape feelings for a woman he knows he should never have allowed to get close to him. Moving with his family to isolated Bee County, Texas, seemed the best way to leave his mistakes behind. But even a move across the country can’t erase the past that accompanies his every thought.
A surprise encounter with two half-starved runaway children forces both Rebekah and Tobias to turn to each other to help a sister and brother who have traveled thousands of miles in search of lives of unfettered peace and joy.
In doing so, Rebekah and Tobias discover the key to forgetting the past is the one that will open the door to love and the future they both seek.
“A warm-hearted novel that is more than a romance, with lovable characters, including two innocent children caught in the…”
“Kelly Irvin’s Amish tales can’t be categorized as romance, contemporary, mystery, or Christian; BUT “The Amish of Bee County” series involves all of that and more. Readers do not need to be Amish, or Amish genre story lovers, to relate to a second chance plot of a man who has lost his first marriage partner via death. Those of us who have been in that grief-loneliness-renewal road will relive the heart warmed fullness of walking the path holding a new mate’s hand. Bee County is a Texas-authentic location, Beeville the county seat. Readers will come to believe they are reading nonfiction.
But Kelly Irvin also paralleled a first kindling of romance in “The Saddle Maker’s Son.” There’s more to “hide” in the saddle shop than pommels and stirrups. Instead of an Amish haystack, there’s the leather scrap pile for potential courting frolic, jah?
This multi-plot story, like a sampler quilt of varied block patterns, includes children of illegal USA entry—a current hot political topic. WWJD? WWAD: What would Amish do?
And more, like . . . well, more tangents than spokes in an Amish buggy wheel. A warm feel-good ending as sweet as fresh pecan pie on the fourth of July.
I found one glaring error (personal opinion error) on page 232. A kiss being, quote, “Better than homemade ice cream and strawberry-rhubarb pie.” Kelly Irvin has not eaten my ice cream on my fraa’s pie. Her kisses are sweetest in a different way.
I strongly recommend “The Amish of Bee County” series; sweet as south Texas honey.”