Author: Marta Perry
Reviewer: Sophia Rose
What I’m Talking About:
The Thanksgiving holiday, a romance between a pair who’ve been through grief and parenting alone, and a mystery in their Amish community had me eager to pick up this latest from already familiar author, Marta Perry.
The book is a standalone from two different series as sixth in the Promise Glen series and third in Amish Holiday series. I have not read any previous books from either series though I do plan to rectify that, but I had no trouble slipping into Rebecca and Nathan’s story.
Thanksgiving Blessing actually starts during the harvest season well before Thanksgiving. Poor Rebecca is determined to keep the family farm afloat as well as run the vegetable stand, but the mysterious wanton destruction within the Amish community hits her, too. I enjoyed seeing reluctant Rebecca accept Nathan as a partner at the stand, see the way he handled children, and thaw toward the poor man who thinks she’s something special even with her rambunctious twins.
I read a trilogy by the author a while back and loved that series. I always wanted to read more of her books because of the thoughtful way she writes her characters, their growth, the various types of relationships developed, delicious meals and Amish crafts, and that smidge of suspense to pique my interest further. All that was not a fluke. Thanksgiving Blessing has the beautiful and warm inspirational Amish landscape and lifestyle woven through, the engaging characters, their need to grow and how they grow together, family, and the solid mystery of who and why for the vandalism. The culmination with the Thanksgiving holiday at the end of the story and all being right for Rebecca and Nathan fulfilled the promise of the holiday element of the romance, too. I recommend this one for those who love sweet slow-burn romance, Amish romance, and light romantic suspense.
My Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
About the Book:
When Promise Glen is struck by a vandalism spree around the Thanksgiving holiday, a community’s values—and two weathered hearts—are put to the test.
As a widow with two-year-old twins and a struggling orchard, Rebecca King’s dreams of expanding her business seem near impossible. To make matters worse, a troublesome string of destructive acts around Promise Glen threatens her roadside fruit and vegetable stand, forcing Rebecca to accept the help of her condescending new neighbor, Nathan Mueller.
Nathan didn’t intend to offend Rebecca with his offer to share the stand, especially since he’s a widower and single parent himself. He admires Rebecca’s strength and kindness in the face of adversity. If only they hadn’t started off on the wrong foot…
Despite their best efforts to shield their hearts, working side by side through the busy harvest plants the seeds of a budding friendship. But when the vandalism spreading through Promise Glen escalates to arson and rumors blaze through the town, they’ll have to learn to rely on each other more than ever. As Thanksgiving approaches, Rebecca and Nathan are forced to reconcile with their own grief, forgive what can’t be changed, and come to truly understand the core values of the holiday: love and gratitude.
Release Date: October 23, 2023
Series: The Amish Holiday series #3; Promise Glen #6
Genre: Amish Romance
Format(s): e-book, audiobook
Book Source: NetGalley
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