I found The Gift, a second in this series, was a good read and a well written story that will keep your attention as you will keep turning the pages. We are presented with an Amish story where we find Adam Beachy needing help after a tragedy - not that he hadn't already had one with the way his mom had left his family. What happens is he becomes caretaker of his three nieces and needs a wife to help him, a marriage of convenience. This is where Leah Mast comes into the picture as she cared for Adams' nieces during the day and did her reflexology in the evening until she decided to marry Adam for the sake of the children. Now, what will come of this? Was there any love? What was up with Adam not believing in reflexology?
I liked the way this author was able to present these characters lives to the reader where we find hope, love, disappointments, tragedy, and struggles as well as longing through all the emotional parts of this storyline that flowed very well. Bringing in the hummingbirds and the other animals were a perfect fit into this story. Also the topic of reflexology was an interesting part of this wonderful story as the reader will see Adam's past as well as Leah's. Be ready for many twists that keep you alert because the author seems to do this so often in this novel. You will be definitely be kept wondering what will be coming next as the reader sees how well this author will bring out love, loss and family issues.
Will Adams find forgiveness and peace that he needs in his life? Will he ever be able to trust, obey, love and forgive? There is a lot going on in The Gift that will tie together toward the end, so you will have to keep up with this story that is presented to the reader in third person point of view. Even though this novel is a standalone read, to understand a little more about some of the characters from the past I would suggest you read the first series, The Decision, first. And as always the author gives us a recipe, this time from Leah, a chocolate chip cheeseball.
By the end of this story the reader will be left only wanting more of this inspirational read as we wait for the next book in the series as we will be left with a cliffhanger with many unanswered questions as the reader will be left wondering - will Adam be able to put aside the past? I guess we will have to wait for this answer and more when the next story, The Revelation, is ready to read.
Follow the heart-wrenching story of Adam Beachy, whose mother walked out on him and his family—and away from the Amish faith. Now he balks at the idea of ever marrying and having a family of his own. But when tragedy strikes, Adam is suddenly a father figure to his three nieces and finds himself needing a wife. Despite their differences over her practice of reflexology, Leah Mast seems the best option to fill that role. Can they make it work in a modern-day marriage of convenience?