Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The Amish Bachelor's Bride by Pamela Desmond Wright

 The Amish Bachelor's Bride

The Amish Bachelor's Bride JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Amish Bachelor's Bride by Pamela Desmond Wright, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

The Amish Bachelor's Bride Title: The Amish Bachelor's Bride 
Author: Pamela Desmond Wright 
Publisher: Love Inspired 
Release Date: January 24, 2023 
Genre: Christian, Contemporary Romance, Amish Fiction

Marrying in name only…

Could lead to more than they expected 

Single mother Lavinia Simmons’s world is turned upside down when she discovers her late husband gambled away their home. A quick marriage of convenience to bachelor Noem Witzel in return for caring for his niece and nephew is the solution both Lavinia and Noem need. Neither of them is looking for romance. But what if these perfect strangers have other ideas?

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About the Author

Pamela Desmond Wright

Pamela Desmond Wright grew up in a small, dusty Texas town. Like the Amish, Pamela is a fan of the simple life. Her childhood includes memories of the olden days; old-fashioned oil lamps, cooking over an authentic wood-burning stove and making popcorn over a crackling fire at her grandparents' cabin. The cabin was later donated to The Muleshoe Heritage Center in Muleshoe Texas where it can be viewed by the public.

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My Thoughts

The Amish Bachelor’s Bride by Pamela Desmond Wright is a sweet story.  I was immediately drawn into the book.  I was curious to see how Noem and Lavinia’s story would play out.  Noem is going to raise his young niece and infant nephew after the death of his younger sister.  Lavinia is a widow with a young daughter to raise.  Lavinia discovered her husband had a surprising secret which has forced her to sell her home.  Bishop James Grabor suggests that Lavinia and Noem marry for convenience.  Noem and Lavinia need to find a way to work together for the sake of the children.  Matters are further complicated by Noem’s grumpy father, Gabriel.  Gabriel has not been the same since his wife died.  

I thought The Amish Bachelor’s Bride was well-written with engaging characters.  I enjoyed Lavinia’s large, friendly family.  Noem has been interested in Lavinia when they were teens on their rumspringa.  Unfortunately, by the time Noem worked up the courage to ask Lavinia out, she was stepping out with her future husband, Josiah.  The Amish Bachelor’s Bride is a story about forgiveness, family, love, and faith.  I appreciated the epilogue which nicely wrapped up the story.  I enjoyed the humor scattered throughout.  It was nice to catch up with Abram Mueller, Lavinia’s brother, and his wife, Maddie from Finding Her Amish Home.  I hope we get more stories about the Mueller clan.  The Amish Bachelor’s Bride is a touching tale with a benevolent bishop, a peevish father, an unforeseen secret, a shunned sister, and a lively family.


Lifting the blinds of the kitchen window, Lavinia Simmons gazed over the fenced-in yard. A glance told her the day was going to be dim. A brisk wind flicked at the trees. The threat of a storm hung in the air.

She searched for a bit of cheer. April showers bring May flowers.

Looking outside, she couldn’t help but think of her ehmann. The first stirrings of spring used to be Josiah’s favorite time of the year. He’d worked hard to landscape the acreage surrounding the home he’d built with his own hands. The whitewashed house nestled amid lovingly planted gardens, where a variety of plants grew in lush abundance. After a long, frosty winter, the eager buds were beginning to raise their sleepy heads. Soon, they would burst into an array of colorful blossoms.

Spring was a renewal, a resurrection. Not only of the spirit but also of hope. Just as the Heavenly Father promised.

But this year Josiah wouldn’t celebrate the coming of the new season. His eyes were forever closed, and his soul rested in the hands of the Lord. The accident that had almost taken his young nephew’s life had taken Josiah’s instead. Though the youngie was warned to stay away from the frozen pond, Eli had wandered onto the ice. Weak and not yet frozen solid, the fragile surface had given way, plunging the kinder into freezing water. Chopping wood nearby, Josiah heard Eli’s cries and rushed to help. He’d gotten the boi out safely, but not before taking on a chill. Rushed to the hospital, he’d died a few hours later of respiratory system failure brought on by hypothermia. His death was sudden and unexpected.


Vision blurring, she pressed a hand to her mouth to stifle a sob. Josiah had passed last November, just before the holidays. Healthy and in the prime of life, he should have had a bright future.

But Gott had other plans.

“Lavinia?” Her bruder’s voice interrupted her thoughts. “Did you hear a word I’ve said?”

Swiping at her eyes, Lavinia turned away from the window. “Forgive me. My mind wandered. Give me a minute and I’ll have some tea ready.”

Peering over the rim of his glasses, Abram Mueller offered a smile. “Take your time. I’m still going over the paperwork that will close the mortgage and get everything out of Josiah’s name.”

“I’m sorry you’re having to help me.” Flipping on the tap, Lavinia filled a kettle with water before setting it on the stove. After adding loose tea leaves to a metal ball, she dropped it inside to steep. Stomach going tight, her hands shook. “I’m still shocked to find out he mortgaged our home without my knowledge.”

Setting out her best china, she filled two delicate cups with the tarry brew. The scent of bergamot tickled her nostrils as steam rose. A hot cup of Earl Grey would be just the thing to set her right. Having added a pitcher of fresh cream and a bowl of sugar to a tray, she carried everything to the table.

Expression serious, Abram scribbled a few figures. “The property should have been in both of your names. Then he couldn’t have gambled away the roof over your head.”

Lavinia sat, smoothing her hands across her lap. “I wish it was all a bad dream.” After his death, she’d discovered Josiah had kept a lot of secrets. Her perfect ehmann was a deeply flawed man.

Abram shook his head. “There would have come a point when he had to tell you he couldn’t make the payments anymore.”

She blinked. Barely five months had gone by since Josiah died. In that brief time, her life had fallen completely apart.

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The Amish Bachelor's Bride is available from Amazon*.  You can find Pamela Desmond Wright's other novels here.  Do not forget to enter the giveaway.  You can click here to enter.  Good Luck!  Thank you for stopping by today.  Tomorrow I will be sharing my thoughts on Together for the Twins by Laurel Blount.  I am off to do some organizing.  I am trying to get the closets and cabinets organized (tired of hunting for things).  I hope that you have a happy day.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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  1. Great excerpt, The Amish Bachelor's Bride sounds like a great book for me! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, Avid Reader, for sharing your thoughts!

    Have a wonderful day!

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on The Amish Bachelor’s Bride, I love the cover and synopsis and I am looking forward to reading this story myself

  3. thanks so much for sharing your review! :)

  4. The cover looks great, how did you decide on what cover to use?