Series: (Honey Brook #1)
Author: Ophelia London
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Welcome to charming Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, where bestselling author Ophelia London will bring you on a moving and unforgettable journey through faith, forgiveness, and ultimately love.
Everything changed for Esther Miller with the death of her beloved fiancé, Jacob. Even years later, she still struggles with her faith and purpose in the small, tight-knit Amish village of Honey Brook—especially now that her younger sister is getting married. All she wants is to trust in the Lord to help her find peace...but peace is the last thing she gets when Lucas, Jacob’s wayward older brother, returns to town.
Lucas Brenneman has been harboring a secret for years—the real reason he never returned from Rumspringa and the truth behind his brother Jacob’s death. Honey Brook still calls to him, but he knows his occupation as a physician’s assistant must take precedence. With sweet and beautiful Esther he finds a comfort he’s never known, and he feels like anything is possible...even forgiveness. But she was Jacob’s bride-to-be first. And if she knew the truth, would she ever truly open her heart to him?
USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London brings a sweet, heartfelt, and surprisingly funny take to the popular Amish romance cannon.
Never An Amish Bride is a beautiful tale of second chance love, forgiveness, and family.
Ester Miller is a woman doing her best to move on from what can never be.
As symbolized by the unworn wedding dress that still hangs in her closet.
A dress that she is determined to let languish in darkness. Along with her memories of her late fiance, Jacob. And all thoughts of the life that they could have had.
But as the wedding date for her sister approaches. Ester's feelings of loss and longing return. And she is forced to face them head on.
Compounding matters is the fact that Jacob's brother, Lucas has also returned after ten years. And is now working as a physician's assistant in the nearby town.
Stirring feelings and longings for both of them that their religion and their logic tell them can never be.
As he lives life as an Englisher and she as a Amish.
But as fate and faith work to bring these two wounded hearts together and long buried secrets are revealed. Lucas, Ester, and the community at large all come to see Lucas's return as a blessing in disguise. And the healing can truly begin.
Though this romance is sweet and clean. There is a quiet complexity in its plot that speaks to the hearts, minds, and souls of readers in personally profound ways.
This is a truly captivating and well written start to a very promising series.
Standing as a reminder to us all that...
Sometimes all one needs to find the way home again, is the light of love to show the way.
This story is one that will tug at your heartstrings from page one. As you witness Ester do everything that she can to be a supportive sister. Even as her heart breaks in the process.
Meanwhile leading man Lucas tortures himself daily with the guilt of not being able to save his brother Jacob from cancer.
These two are linked by the fact that they share in a combined grief for the same loss. And the fact that they each are attempting to bury their pain in work.
Ester as a soap maker.
Lucas as a PA.
But little do they know that these to things will serve to link them in more than just their loss.
They will link them in love, forgiveness, and a forever return to home and faith.
*Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Amara for providing the review copy on which this unbiased critique is based.
USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas, and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. She enjoys cupcakes, treadmills, reruns of Dawson’s Creek and obsessing over her Italian Greyhound, Peanut. Ophelia is the author of NEVER AN AMISH BRIDE (Honey Brook series), her very first Amish romance! As wells as the Sugar City series, the Perfect Kisses series, the Abby Road series, and other adult, NA and YA sweet romances. Visit her at ophelialondon.com, but don’t call when she’s streaming The Walking Dead.
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