“Amanda Weds a Good Man” by Naomi King Book Review

By Ruth on December 31, 2013 in Amish fiction, book, Christian fiction, review, romance

Amanda Weds a Good Man (One Big Happy Family #1)Amanda Weds a Good Man by Naomi King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so thrilled to be reviewing yet another amazing Amish book by such a prolific author. I have said it before, and I will continue to say it. Naomi King/Charlotte Hubbard is the preeminent Amish author on the market today. And I honestly don’t say that because I have come to know her through our working relationship–that certainly helps. But her books are so different from the typical Amish fare. Her female protagonists are not shrinking violets who do exactly what their men tell them to, and they are not afraid to revel in all aspects of marriage. Her male characters are constantly struggling with being the head of their household and loving the sweet women in their lives who keep the family going no matter what. It is the perpetual friction between the old ways and the new ways that keep the story lines exhilarating and not always traditional.

Whenever I start one of her books, I am always certain that the current one cannot possibly top her other triumphs. And guess what–she always proves me wrong! I find genuine humor, raw and unabashed emotion, and a true reliance on Christ. Another thing I can always count on is the twists and turns that will occur within the book. So often, I can guess the formula of the book, but not so with this author! The one thing that consoled me in the middle of the book is that I knew she would not let the bishop get away with what he did. (I’m not saying what he did. No spoilers–you have to read the book!)

What I appreciate most of all about Naomi/Charlotte is that she always emphasizes the gospel. Sometimes when I read other Amish books, I find myself questioning the salvation of the Amish characters. I know it depends on the district and the bishop, but so many Amish rely on following all the rules to get to heaven. And readers of her books will see those characters. But invariably, the main characters come to realize that being a true believer is not about following all the rules. It is about a relationship with the Creator of the Universe. And as long as that comes first, they can decide to follow the rules if that is what God has called them to do.

If you love Amish, Christian, clean romances, and really good stories, this is the book for you. It is full of wisdom, depth, warmth, and real life. If you have not read other books in her Cedar Creek series, you can jump into this book with no problem. However, you will savor it more if you read the other books.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  1. Maria Iemma October 9, 2014 Reply

    This sounds like the kind of book I would like. Romance but not sexually explicit. I am so tired of books that rely on explicit sex in order to sell!

  2. Heather Johnson December 1, 2014 Reply

    I love reading!! I really enjoy reading Amish books as well, I enjoy reading about their lives, etc. Thanks so much for this review!!

  3. Dorothy Boucher April 12, 2015 Reply

    This books sounds very interesting and definitely something I could get into reading, WOW! you did a nice job on the review here, I definitely will take a look into this book.
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  4. denise low August 30, 2015 Reply

    I would love a good book like this one. Thank you for the review

  5. Jodi Hunter March 6, 2016 Reply

    This sounds like a great book, I am looking for a new one to read now.

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      Ruth March 7, 2016 Reply

      She is one of the best Amish authors out there! Absolutely love her work!

  6. DENISE LOW April 21, 2016 Reply

    This sounds like a great book. I would love to read this one. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Lissa Crane September 9, 2016 Reply

    This sounds like a great story! I am fascinated with the Amish culture, so this looks like something I would really enjoy! I will definitely be picking up a copy of this for my next read!

  8. DENISE LOW April 15, 2017 Reply

    I would love to read this book. Sounds exciting. Thank you for sharing.

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      Ruth April 16, 2017 Reply

      Oh yeah that really is a good one. I even remember that one after all these years–great author and she writes fantastic fiction! Wonderful Christian lady

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