GIFT FROM ABOVE
SERIES: Sisters & Friends #3
GENRE: Inspirational Amish Romance
PUBLISHER: Amish Hearth & Home
RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2018
Sarah Esh’s peaceful life turns upside down one afternoon when a parachutist crash-lands on her family’s farm. The stranger insists his life is in danger and begs her to keep his presence secret. Sarah’s promise tangles her in a web of deceit that endangers innocent people, ruins her best friend’s reputation, and tears apart the Amish community. After she discovers the man’s true purpose, Sarah must confess her mistake and repair the damage she’s done. But how can she admit the truth to Jacob Zook knowing it will end their relationship?
Although he was jilted by Sarah’s older sister, Jakob finds himself attracted to Sarah’s kindness and honesty. Her innocence and gentle spirit encourage him to open his heart. Then he discovers the deep secrets Sarah’s been hiding—secrets that destroyed his family and now threaten their love.
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I’m always up for a good friends-to-more romance, especially if one party thinks the other party could never see them as more than a friend. This generally leads to layered emotion, lingering gazes, some husky voices, and let’s-catch-up-for-all-this-lost-time kissing! I was delighted, therefore, to discover that Gift From Above is one such romance. Jakob and Sarah have a long, complicated history which adds even more layers to their story, and I enjoyed watching their feelings for each other evolve and come to light.
I wouldn’t say that the romance is really the focus of the story, however. At least not for the majority of the book. It’s always there, of course, simmering in the background and giving us a taste for what’s to come for Jakob and Sarah. But the main part of the plot revolves around the mysterious man who parachutes quite literally into Sarah’s life, and the shenanigans that ensue when she secrets him away at her grandmother’s house on the family property. Can I just say here that Sarah’s grandmother steals the show? I loved her no-nonsense, wise approach to the situation and to Sarah’s other woes.
Bottom Line: While Sarah’s initial naivete was frustrating, the way the story progresses evens it all out and gives us a deeper appreciation for her sincere heart. Jakob is a delightful hero – his steady personality and strong character make him shine, particularly in contrast to the mysterious man in the dawdi house. The romance between Sarah & Jakob is sweet and tender, and the redemption thread that ties all the subplots together is truly heartwarming.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion
Also released as part of Harlequin MMP Amish Singles
Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. The bestselling author of several Amish romance series, she grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her stories. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farms and attending family events. Rachel has more than 40 books in print or forthcoming for both children and adults under several pen names.
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