Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The English Son

It is International Women's Day!  This day is sponsored by the United Nations and goes back to the late 1800s (and early 1900s).  A day to honor working women and women's rights.  On March 8, 1911 the first woman received her pilot's license (a plumber's daughter in France).  In 1702 Anne Stuart becomes the Queen regnant of England, Scotland, and Ireland (ruling on her own unlike Queen consort who is a King's wife). Other events on March 8 are the New York Stock Exchange was founded in 1817, Daytona Beach and Road Course holds its first oval stock car race in 1936, and Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion in 1618.

The English Son by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter is the first book in The Amish Millionaire series.   Joel Byler has just put himself in a financial bind by buying the car of his dreams. It is a 1967 Corvette Stingray (he paid $250,000). Now, though, Joel (a contractor) needs to come up with the money needed to pay his subcontractors for their latest work.  Joel has a joint account with his fiancé, Kristi Palmer.  They are saving up money for their wedding and a home (he lives in a trailer).  They agreed never to take money out of the account without discussing it with the other person.  Joel does not want to tell Kristi about the car (and is hiding it at his workshop).  Joel decides to take the money from the account, but it will not pay all of his subcontractors.  Joel decides to go home and ask his father for the additional money.  Joel left his family seven years ago.  Joel was raised in Berlin, Ohio in an Amish family.  He was never satisfied with that life (always wanted what he did not have).  Joel’s father, Eustace is still grieving the death of his wife.  He misses his son and wants to help him, but he does not think that money is the answer.  Kristi is worried about Joel.  She can tell that something is wrong, but he refuses to talk to her.  What is going to happen to Joel?

The English Son is well-written and enjoyable to read (I read it straight through).  I did not want the book to end (I wanted more).  The English Son ends with a cliffhanger and we have to wait for The Stubborn Father to find out what happens next.  The Amish Millionaire series has six book in it.  A new book coming out each month (see below).  I give The English Son 5 out of 5 stars.  I have only given you a brief overview of the book (there are other family members who have their own lives and issues).  I am impatient for the next book in The Amish Millionaire series.

The other books in The Amish Millionaire series are The Stubborn Father (04/2016), The Betrayed Fiance (05/2016), The Missing Will (06/2016), The Divided Family (07/2016), and The Selfless Act (08/2016).  I received a complimentary copy of The English Son from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am currently reading An Unbroken Heart by Kathleen Fuller.  I am off to bake a cake for my daughter's birthday tomorrow (she will be 27).  Have a terrific Tuesday and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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