Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review: An Unexpected Match by:Gayle Roper

 An Unexpected Match (Between Two Worlds #1)
About the Book:
Rachel Beiler loves her job as the teacher in her Amish community. She's obedient, humble, and compliant and tries to keep the ordnung to the best of her ability. But Rachel has a secret--something that could get her shunned if she's found out. She loves knowledge and yearns for a college education.

After serving a dozen years in the Army, Rob Lanier has returned from Afghanistan. But now that he's home again, he's constantly reminded of his family's fall from grace. His father--once a highly respected and wealthy community leader--has disgraced the family, and Rob can't find it in his heart to forgive him.

When Rachel and Rob meet, sparks fly. But when a series of frightening events surrounding Rachel's brother Johnny brings Rachel's world crashing down around her, this unlikely match between an Amish teacher and an Englischer ex-soldier seems to be God's perfect answer.

About the Author:
Gayle Roper is the award-winning author of more than 40 books and has been a Christy finalist three times. Gayle enjoys speaking at women's events across the nation and loves sharing the powerful truths of Scripture with humor and practicality. She lives with her husband in southeastern Pennsylvania where she enjoys reading, gardening, and her family.

My Review:
 The Amish have a certain way that they want things done. Rachel Beiler, was no different, she did all that was expected of her. She laid aside any plans she may have once had to focus on a husband and starting a family. Aaron comes along and the two of them start their beautiful life together and suddenly something tragically goes wrong and Aaron dies in an accident. This turn of events changes everything for Rachel.

 Soon the idea of her going to college is a reality and Rachel gets exposed to life in the world that goes around her Amish community. As she attends school in secret she is able to befriend a few people at college and it seems this will ease her guilt some. But soon one of those friends turns out to be something more. Will Rachel allow herself to fall in love again?

 Gayle Roper is an author that I just recently discovered. She is able to develop a good story and keep the reader engaged. With a strong plot line and a good cast of characters she pulled me in automatically. Soon you are so engaged to see how Rachel is going to handle things that you can't stop reading and the end draws near. I was really surprised by the ending, but happily surprised.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Harvest House.