Wednesday, June 9, 2021

An Unlikely Match by Beth Wiseman

 An Unlikely Match

Book Summary

When sparks fly between a good Amish girl and a hunky member of the Hollywood elite, even matchmaking innkeepers Esther and Lizzie know better than to fan the flames. 

Evelyn Schrock has dismissed the attempts of every young man in her small Amish community to court her. She’s willing to wait for a suitor who shares her curiosities about life and faith. 

The only reason Jayce Clarkson is in Amish country hefting equipment for his famous father’s movie production company is for the paycheck. The homestyle cooking at the Peony Inn is a perk though, as is his friendship with Evelyn Schrock. If Jayce can endure his dad’s put-downs for a month, he’ll finally be in a position to make a fresh start—somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and the shadow of his checkered past. 

To matchmakers Esther and Lizzie, the widowed sisters who operate the inn, Jayce seems like a good man stuck in a life he doesn’t want. But the boy isn’t Amish, and that leaves far too much room for broken hearts. Despite that, Jayce and Evelyn start to realize that they can’t deny their growing attraction. Any path forward seems impossible, and they will have to learn what the future will look like when they leave their fate in Gott’s hands. 

My Thoughts

An Unlikely Match by Beth Wiseman is the 2nd book in The Amish Inn Novels.  Esther and Lizzie have twelve guests descending on The Peony Inn from Los Angeles.  Lizzie told Esther that the guests are from a produce company with meetings in the area.  It turns out that it is a production company.  They will be staying a month while they shoot a movie nearby.  The ladies are unprepared for the two limousines as well as two large RVs with their loud generators.  It seems that some of the guests are not willing to live without modern conveniences.  Jayce Clarkson meets Evelyn Schrock and is smitten with her.  Evelyn knows that they cannot be, but she is attracted to Jayce.  He is the first man with whom she could envision having a future.  What does God have in store for these star-crossed lovers?  An Unlikely Match can be read as a standalone, but you will be missing out on a cute Amish novel if you do not read A Picture of Love.  I thought An Unlikely Match was well-written with great characters.  I love Esther and Lizzie.  In addition, there is grumpy Gus who surprises you at times.  We get to meet Rose who is Esther and Lizzie’s new helper.  They need to keep Rose away from sugar and caffeine.  There is one scene with Rose that had me laughing so hard.   An Unlikely Match is a character driven book.  I enjoyed the witty banter.  We get to see the differences between the Englisch and Amish worlds in this story.  Jayce is curious about the Amish.  He asks Evelyn many questions about the Amish and their beliefs.  There are some touching moments in this tale.  I like how faith was incorporated into the story.  It is present and the point is made without it being preachy.  Prayer and the importance of listening for God’s voice are items I gleamed from the story.  An Unlikely Match is one of those stories that you do not want to end.  I am eager for the next book in The Amish Inn NovelsAn Unlikely Match is a delightful Amish tale with septuagenarian matchmakers, a grumpy Gus, an energetic Rose, rain galore, clamorous generators, and mouthwatering meals.

An Unlikely Match can be purchased from Amazon*.  The first book in The Amish Inn Novels is A Picture of LoveA Season of Change is the 3rd book in the series and it publishes October 5.  You can find Beth Wiseman's other novels here.  I appreciate you joining me today.  Tomorrow I am a stop on the Celebrate Lit Tour for Every Window Filled with Light by Sheila Stovall.  It is the first book in The Wendell Novels.  I hope that you have 


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