Like Amish fiction, but looking for a new angle? Check out “Child Of Mine,” the latest release from husband and wife writing team David and Beverly Lewis. I was granted free early privileges to this novel through Bethany House publishers’ partnership with netgalley.com. In exchange, you get to read my candid opinion.
Since the death of her adoptive parents, nine year old Nattie has been raised by her Uncle Jack, with generous assistance provided by her Amish nanny, Laura. The arrangement works out fine until the little girl starts making noises about needing a mother. Determined to give his niece the best life possible, he sets out looking for a woman to marry, but where does that leave Laura? Enter Kelly. She seems like the perfect candidate, but will skeletons from her past threaten the passion developing between the two?
Follow the flight instructor turned father as he navigates this difficult situation, deciding which person to give his heart to. Will he make the right choice?
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who do not typically go for this genre, as the Plain lifestyle is an aspect of the plot, but does not overwhelm the story. However there is plenty of content for fans of Mrs. Lewis’ traditional fare to appreciate, including solid Christian principles. This title is an excellent option for family time, but will be best comprehended by individuals twelve and over. My rating is five out of five stars, especially because of the unexpected elements of mystery and the profound commentary on parenting. I offer one caution, however. If you are self conscious about shedding tears, you should afford yourself some privacy for the second half. Until we meet again…