Thank you Netgalley, Zebra and the author, Patricia Johns for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jeb’s Wife was such a lovely read that pulled me in right from the first page. Jeb and Leah live in an Amish community and have a marriage of convenience due to circumstances beyond their control. They are both practical people and believe they will serve each other to the best of their abilities. As time goes by, they begin to see themselves from different lights and wonder if they can stick to the rules they made before they tied the knot.
What a deep, thought provoking story about love, loss, commitment, friendship, community and second chances. I learnt from this story that although being a part of a community is a great thing for most people, sometimes it is what gives grief to others and causes self isolation because of stigmatization for being different.
I particularly liked Jeb’s character with his straight forward and realistic expectations. I saw him as a man with a good head on his shoulders and a typical example of how looks can be deceitful. I also loved Leah with her beautiful soul and kind heart who was able to see beyond what others saw in Jeb and loved him.
The parts of the story I didn’t quite like was Leah’s constant desire to be part of a community that gossiped and meddled too much in everyone’s business. I understand that her personality is one that loves to interact with people however, that can not be your ultimate goal in life. I was glad how things ended up eventually because I became so invested in the success of their marriage.
Fantastic story and well written novel. I hope to read more books by this author in the future. I highly recommend to lovers of romance, Amish related or Christian fiction.
Rating: 5 Stars
Expected Publication Date: August 20th, 2020 by Zebra
Genre: Fiction (Amish)
The Author: Patricia 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.