Friday, April 5, 2019

The Bishop's Daughter by Patricia Johns



As a bishop's daughter and good Amish mother, widowed Sadie Hochstetler teaches her young son that God blesses those who try their best to please Him. But her brief marriage taught her that life is infinitely more complicated than that. Older, and serious, her late husband seemed a sensible choice--especially compared to Elijah Fisher, the spirited boy with whom she butted heads and hearts. Then Elijah abruptly left for the Englisher world, taking Sadie's beloved brother along with him--a double betrayal she still strives to forgive. Especially now that Elijah has returned . . .

Elijah plans to stay in the Amish community only as long as he's needed, helping his family and working for Sadie's ailing father. The outside world has changed him, leading him to question rules and restrictions that others take on faith. Once, he'd been head over heels in love with the bishop's daughter--a girl he was judged unworthy of courting. Nine years have changed so much between them. Yet something remains--a spark that, for all their differences, might light the way home again .


Love is the main theme here. A wonderful theme I might add. 
Love is patient, Love is Kind. But it's easier said than done. For some parents it is hard to show love where their kids are concerned. Others want only the best for their kids. 
While other still yet don't want the responsibility to take care of their kids. 
This story kind of hit home with me because it sort of reminds of the life I had with my parents. They provided for me ok but they never really cared for me because my dad said quote I wasn't his by blood. Mom later in life it was like she gave up on herself. She stayed sick a lot
But I learned a hard lesson just like Elijah. Home is where the heart is and where your family is no matter the situation you ran away from. I wanted to reach through the story and give Elijah the hug and love he so desperately needed. But I also wanted to choke him because I got so tired of him and Sadie telling each other they weren't meant for each other. I felt like Groundhog day the movie in this book!! 
I can't imagine a man not loving me but I guess it can happen. I kept wanting to kick Sadie in the butt to see what was right in front if her before it was too late. Thank the Lord God He works in mysterious ways!!
You can't shove away what's meant to be. It's all part of God's bigger plan for all of us. Even if we can't see it at the time.
Some us are just so set in our ways that we are comfortable. We're too afraid to take that big step outside our comfort zone like some of the Amish were. 
Traditions can be good but they can also be harmful. There wouldn't be any room to grow as needed.
For the most part, I really enjoyed the book except for the repetitive parts. I'm still giving this book 5 stars because I do love a good Amish novel. They are an interesting people and some of us can learn from them
An oh my!! I just love the name Absolom!! Oh sooooooo gorgeous of a name! It's an usual name and I thought he lived up to his name in this story!
I hope there's a sequel to this book because Elijah and Sadie have more to tell!!
I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley. No compensations were received and all opinions are my own.


Patricia JohnsPatricia Johns has her Honors BA in English Literature from University of Toronto. She writes from Alberta, Canada, where she lives with her husband and son. 

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