Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Review: Andrew by Jennifer Beckstrand

Title: Andrew
Author: Jennifer Beckstrand
Series: The Petersheim Brothers
Publication Date: June 2019
Length: 347 pages

From the Back of the Book

Handsome, hardworking, and godly, Andrew Petersheim has always been sure of his place in his Wisconsin Amish community. He’ll be a welcome catch for the local girl who finally captures his heart. Mary Coblenz certainly isn’t that girl. Two years after “jumping the fence” for the Englischer world, she’s returned, unmarried and pregnant. Yet instead of hiding in shame as others in the community expect, she’s working at the Honeybee Farm, ignoring the gossips—and winning over Andrew’s eight-year-old twin brothers . . .
For all Andrew’s certainty about right and wrong, it seems he has a lot to learn from Mary’s courage, grace, and resilience. She’s changing his notions about forgiveness and love, but will she in turn accept the challenge of starting over and choose to stay—with him?

My Thoughts

To say I loved this book is not a strong enough statement! I loved, loved, LOVED this book!!!

I laughed and laughed at the antics of Andrew's 8-year-old twin brothers. The story revolved around their matchmaking efforts toward Andrew and the trouble they got into. They were relegated to sleeping in the basement because their grandparents moved in and took their bedroom. They hated the basement and figured the best way to get a bedroom again was to get one of their three older brothers married so they would move out.

Mammi was a great addition to the story with how she tried to get her grandsons to smell good with rosewater and rose scented soap. I also liked Bitsy and her colored hair, beehives, and dandelions.

I so enjoyed watching Andrew grow through his relationship with Mary. I respected Mary for acknowledging her mistakes and for accepting the forgiveness that God offers us. I loved the points that were driven home about gossip and being judgmental.

If you like Amish Christian fiction, I cannot recommend this book enough!

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