Book Review (and Movie Star Cast): Their Pretend Amish Courtship by Patricia Davids

June 24, 2017 Amish, Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, Patricia Davids, romance 3

about the book

Fannie Erb isn’t looking for a husband – especially if it means she has to leave behind her beloved horses to go find one.

What she needs is a way to assure her parents that she’s not hopeless when it comes to love.

And her family friend, Noah Bowman, might just be her solution.

A fake relationship would free them both from unwanted matchmaking plans, but how could Fannie predict that pretending to date the handsome boy next door would awaken genuine emotions?

By summer’s end, they’ll be free to go their separate ways, but Fannie’s growing feelings are transforming her neighbor into the only man who might ever reign in her adventurous heart.

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SERIES: Amish Bachelors #4
GENRE: Inspirational Amish Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2017
PAGES: 224

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“…love changes over time. Friendship, true friendship, endures.”

Not since Anne with an ‘e’ and Gilbert Blythe have I more enjoyed a carrot top’s bickering with the boy who pesters her! Still smiling at the way Noah ruffled Fannie’s temper and the way she parried with well-timed barbs in return.  They also reminded me of Willie and Missy from the Love Comes Softly series. With reminders like that, of course I was rooting for Noah and Fannie from word one.

“He’s great company when we’re not fighting.”

This story made me laugh, as well as shake my head more than once at their mutual stubbornness. Fannie has a temper and she knows how to use it. Noah hasn’t quite grown up as much as he needs to. But where it counts – in the heart – they are both on the right path.

Balancing the romance and the Anne-Gilbertesque banter is a sweet story of finding your way, your purpose, your heart. Despite their ages, neither Noah or Fannie have fully committed to their Amish faith yet. Noah is torn between his family, his faith, his friendship with Fannie (that’s a lot of F’s!) and his dream of playing professional baseball. Fannie rebels against her mother’s attempts to get her to settle down because she has a dream of training horses. Both have more than enough talent to achieve their dreams… but what does God have in mind for their lives? Could they leave the Amish if that path was made clear? Could they abandon their heart-held dreams if that’s what God required? Neither option is easy… and what about their pretend courtship that suddenly doesn’t feel so pretend anymore? What if one stays Amish and the other leaves? I loved that Patricia Davids examined these tough issues in a way that spotlighted an authentic struggle and questions without easy answers.

Bottom Line: I have been a fan of Davids’ books since I first discovered her Amish Brides series, and my favorites are her books that have me laughing even as I swoon. Their Pretend Amish Courtship is one such book. Her characters – main and secondary –  are genuine, flawed, and relatable. And I may have mentioned 😉 that the banter between Fannie and Noah is top-notch! A light read with depth and lots of heart.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

PATRICIA DAVIDS is a USA Today Bestselling author who grew up in Kansas. She began her career as a nurse, and put her dreams to write a book on hold as she raised a family and worked in the NICU. After forty years, she began writing seriously in 1996. Today, she enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith being two people together forever.

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What writer doesn’t dream of seeing their favorite actor and actress playing the hero and heroine of their novel in a movie? I like movies but I love books because a well-written book takes you inside the mind and emotions of the character. You feel what they feel. Great actors can portray those emotions but for me an important part of the story is missing when a book is turned into a movie. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have one of my books on the big screen. Yes, please! So, who do I want to see playing Fannie Erb and Noah Bowman?

I’d want Karen Gillan to play Fannie. Karen has the red hair, the spunk, and the infectious smile that comes to mind when I think of Fannie. She is a very talented actress and I think she could bring an honest depth to the role. I have no idea if she rides horses or can drive a buggy. That would be a must-have skill to play Fannie’s role.

Who should play Noah? That requires a little more thought. After careful consideration, and the joy of browsing through dozens of photos and bios of the top hot young male actors, I would pick Steven R McQueen from The Vampire Diaries and Chicago Fire. (I do love research.) Steven looks super-hot in his fireman’s gear so I think he could pull off an Amish baseball player plus he has that cute half grin that steals a girl’s heart before she knows it. And he is the grandson of my own youthful movie star crush, the unforgettable Steve McQueen.

Carrie: We so appreciate your research efforts, Patricia 😉


3 Responses to “Book Review (and Movie Star Cast): Their Pretend Amish Courtship by Patricia Davids”

  1. Paula S.

    This story sounds very cute. I really like Karen Gillian but have not heard of the male actor. Thanks for the review.

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