08 January 2020

The Amish Marriage Bargain | Book Review, Guest Post + Giveaway


ABOUT THE BOOK


Will a baby girl bring them together at last?

She’ll do anything for her niece… Even marry the man who broke her heart.

Nothing can keep May Bender in her Amish hometown—except caring for her baby niece. But the bishop insists that May also marry her widowed brother-in-law, Thad Hochstedler—the beau who jilted her to wed her sister. Can May risk her heart long enough to learn the real reason for Thad’s first marriage…and possibly rediscover their love?

Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: December 17, 2019


MY REVIEW

For the sake of her niece, May Bender must marry Thad Hochstedler. Quite inconveniently, he left her brokenhearted when he chose to marry her sister. Now, they must sort through the challenges lingering from the past, as well as those of day-to-day living within their marriage of convenience.

The Amish Marriage Bargain contains layers as these characters deal with their reality. It’s a story of truth and hardship and second chances, and I enjoyed seeing May and Thad figure it all out. For readers of Amish fiction, this latest release from Marie E. Bast could be just the quick, heart read you need.

★.5

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marie E. Bast is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author. Her stories whisper words of hope and healing through complex characters and twisting plots. She enjoys writing Amish, contemporary and historical stories. Married for twenty-eight years, Marie and her husband have two grown sons and one daughter. When she’s not writing, she’s walking, golfing, gardening or spending time with her family.


GUEST POST FROM THE AUTHOR

Did you know that until as late as the twentieth century, marriage was never based on love?

In fact, the institution of marriage predates recorded history. But in ancient biblical times, the reasons for marriage are numerous. The kings, nobility, wealthy, and aristocratic families used arranged marriages to ensure loyalty between kingdoms, which forced a united bound and ensured the integrity of their inheritance and the family wealth.

Arranged marriages, marriages of convenience, and marriage bargains were practical to keep property and kingdoms intact and in the family line. But these marriage contracts also spilled over into the commoners’ lives. In times of poverty, a daughter was only another mouth to feed and therefore a burden on the family. That fueled the arranged marriages where the groom gave the family money, animals, or some other commodity in exchange for the marriage.

Also, arranged marriages were instrumental for women over the age of 30 who were unwed. Even in the nineteenth century, many women would find that a marriage of convenience was the way to go. Often, a widower needed a mother and housekeeper for his family, and sometimes a woman without means to support herself would readily accept a marriage of convenience. Even today, some cultures still use arranged marriages.

But one of the most unique marriage of convenience is the marriage bargain, and that is the central theme to my newest book, The Amish Marriage Bargain, which releases in book form December 17, 2019, and eBook January 1, 2020. The marriage bargain is the specific negotiation of the terms of the agreement regarding a particular situation and often included land.

After her sister dies, May Bender will do anything for her niece…Even marry the man who broke her heart. But like the days of old, the bargain goes deeper than that.


GIVEAWAY


To celebrate her tour, Marie is giving away to four winners each a $25 Amazon card will also receive a copy of the book. Enter below, and be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway.

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6 comments:

  1. Looking forward to reading this one!

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  2. Sounds like a good read.

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  3. I enjoy reading Amish fiction. Would really like to read.

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  4. This is a new author to me, sounds like a great book.

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  5. Looks like an awesome read! I think I would really like this one.

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