Monday, June 29, 2020

His Pretend Amish Bride by Rachel J. Good: Review & Giveaway!

About the Book

Author: Rachel J. Good

Genre:  Amish Romance

Release Date: June 30, 2020

In a small Amish town like Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, one solution to an indiscretion is to get married. Or perhaps, fake a respectable engagement . . .

Priscilla Ebersol has a fulfilling life teaching special needs children—until her boyfriend’s humiliating betrayal ruins her reputation and threatens her job. Shunned for something she didn’t do, Priscilla throws herself into a project on the benefits of camel’s milk for autism. Her research leads her to a newly opened Amish camel farm, where she discovers far more than she bargained for. . .

When a pushy Englisch company shows interest in shy, handsome Gabriel Kauffman’s camel farm, he struggles to get out of a sticky negotiation. Lovely, well-spoken Priscilla appears at the perfect moment and defends Gabe’s business so well that she is mistaken for his wife, a pretense they both secretly wish could be true. But though their bond deepens, Priscilla’s heart is still wounded, and Gabe battles with a troubling secret. And when a misunderstanding comes between them, it will take faith, honesty, and trust in God to overcome the past—and to allow their partnership to blossom into something more.

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Why are the PA Amish raising camel farms for camel milk?

About the Author
USA Today bestselling author RACHEL J. GOOD writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. She grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.

Rachel is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – the bestselling Love & PromisesSisters & FriendsUnexpected Amish BlessingsSurprised by Love (2021), and two books in Hearts of Amish Country – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books. In addition, she has stories in many anthologies, including Love’s Thankful Heart, Love’s Christmas Blessings, Plain Everyday HeroesLove’s Truest Hope, and the forthcoming Amish Christmas Twins (September 29, 2020) with Shelley Shepard Gray and Loree Lough. She is also the coauthor of the Prayerful Author Journey: Inspirational Yearly Planner.
Amish camel farmer in PA photographed by Gary Clark

More from Rachel

A few years ago, I passed Amish camel farm in Bird-in-Hand, PA. As an author, seeing anything new or different always piques my interest, so I went for a visit. Not only did I explore the farm and store, I bought camel’s milk to drink. I think it’s important to do in-depth research for the settings and information I include in my Amish novels.

I was fascinated to discover camels usually bond to one milker, only give a little milk each day, and are extremely expensive to buy. All of those are reasons why camel’s milk is so expensive. It costs $15 for a pint. Much pricier than cow’s milk.

And if you’re wondering how camel’s milk tastes, the best way I can think of to describe it is a slightly salty version of powdered milk. It’s more watery than cow’s milk.
The global camel milk market is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 4.01% enlarge during the forecast period, 2020−2026. Rising popularity of camel milk and dairy products is likely to attain a high market growth throughout the forecast period.
Because I grew up drinking powdered milk during my early childhood years when we lived in Africa, I’d always vowed never again to drink it once we moved back to the United States. A vow I’ve kept. That was never a problem living in Pennsylvania, where there’s plenty of farmland, cow, and Amish, of course.

The camel’s milk was enough like powdered milk to make me gag. But because I want to be sure my books are authentic, I drank it. So, readers, now you know how much a I care about you.

My concern for you also extends to more than just getting factual information correct. I pray for each and every one of you as I write my stories. I hope that they will touch your heart and bring you closer to God.
My Thoughts

His Pretend Amish Bride by Rachel J. Good has Priscilla Ebersol preparing a picnic lunch to enjoy with her beau, Matthew King.  She is surprised to find Bishop Troyer at the door, and he delivers some upsetting news that could cause Priscilla to lose a job she loves.  Needing to get out of the house, Priscilla heads to the new camel farm.  Gabe Kauffman has just moved to Bird-in-Hand with his camels.  Priscilla has done research on the benefits of camel milk for autistic children, and she wants to purchase some her for brother, Asher.  Priscilla finds that she can share with Gabe what has happened without worry that he will share with others.  When a pushy Englischer tries to bully Gabe into selling his farm, Priscilla is there to assist Gabe.  He finds it difficult to talk in front of large crowds and when faced by an angry, bullying individual.  The man assumes Priscilla is Gabe’s wife with the way she defends Gabe and his business.  This sets the tone for the rest of the story.  I enjoyed reading His Pretend Amish Bride.  It is a cute story with romance, secrets, betrayal, theft, bullying, and gossip. I liked the characters in this story.  I thought they were developed and realistic.  The book is well-written with a good flow and pacing.  I was unaware of the benefits of camel milk until I read this story.  It was interesting learning about camel farming.  I enjoyed the side stories in His Pretend Amish Bride because they added depth and interest.  There is also humor sprinkled throughout.  The Amish characters had deep faith and were wonderful examples to others.  Priscilla helps a woman find Jesus which I thought was inspiring.  I appreciated the epilogue which nicely wrapped up the book.   His Pretend Amish Bride was a delightful story, and I am eager to read the next Unexpected Amish Blessings novel (His Accidental Amish Family will be out on December 1).  My favorite line from His Pretend Amish Bride is, “Mamm says worrying isn’t trusting God.”  His Pretend Amish Bride is a charming Amish tale with an unethical Englischer, missing milk, rampant rumors, galling glossophobia, a major misunderstanding, and camel curiosity.
Feed Camels at The Farm at Walnut Creek

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed copy of the book and $25 Amazon gift card.  Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here to enter.  Good Luck!  His Pretend Amish Bride comes out June 30 and is available from Amazon*.  The first novel in the Unexpected Amish Blessings series is His Unexpected Amish Twins which is currently $1.99 on Amazon (please verify  price before purchase because they change suddenly on Amazon).  His Accidental Amish Family is the 3rd book in the Unexpected Amish Blessings series and it will publish on December 1.  Amish Christmas Miracles:  14 stories to touch your heart and warm your Christmas soul comes out November 10. Rachel has a novella in this collection.  Thank you for joining me today.  Tomorrow I am reviewing Nothing Bundt Trouble by Ellie Alexander.  It is the 11th A Bakeshop Mystery.  May you have a heartwarming day.  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!


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Bigreadersite, July 9
I spotted this amazing caravan of camel milk chocolate camels at Doha International Airport. They are manufactured by Al Nassma, a joint venture between an Austrian company and the ruler of Dubai, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, who owns one of the world's largest camel farms, 2,300 head and counting.
Pause for Tales, July 11
Lighthouse Academy Blog, July 11 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
Artistic Nobody, July 12 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Vicky Sluiter, July 12
WE ALL HAVE A PURPOSE IN GOD'S GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS: "Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel." ~ G.K. Chesterton
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  1. I've never tried camel's milk, but I could taste it as you described it. Since my family was so large and we only had milk delivery twice a week in my rural NC town, Mom made our milk last longer by mixing powered milk. The smell and taste of it was horrible. I LOVE milk, but detest powered milk. I'm surprised I even like milk today after having to drink powered milk as a child. Thanks for your description.

  2. I really enjoyed the description of the book. Sounds like a book I would like to read.

  3. Thanks much for sharing your book and a giveaway. Sounds great!

  4. I rode my first camel in Israel in May 2018. It's quite the experience! Thank you for sharing Rachel's novel.

  5. This book sounds like a terrific read.