Moving to a new Amish settlement in small-town Colorado was a brave new start for independent-minded quiltmaker Esther Kiem. But helping her reckless relative will really put her special matchmaking skills to the test . . .
Mischievous and rebellious, young Ben Kiem is making the wrong kind of name for himself throughout the town of Byler. And even though his sister-in-law, Esther, somehow coaxes him into keeping company with sensible Linda Eicher, Ben can’t see anything they have in common. Or that he could ever be good enough for someone like her. But Linda’s down-to-earth nature and unexpected understanding have Ben trying his best to be better, no matter how challenging . . .
Linda couldn’t be more surprised when Ben turns out to be caring and helpful, despite his rowdy pranks and bad-news friends. And falling in love with him suddenly seems just right. But when a heartbreaking misunderstanding comes between them, both she and Ben must risk enough to trust, stitch the pieces back together—and dare a forever precious happiness.
Praise for Jennifer Beckstrand and Abraham
“This is an endearing romance that fans of Wanda Brunstetter will love.”
Beckstrand continues her Colorado Amish series (after The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby) with this enjoyable rumspringa romance. Twenty-two year-old Ben Kiem, known in his Amish community for mischief and chain smoking, is far from an obvious match for sensible if judgmental 19 year-old Linda Eicher, who spends her time hiking and skiing with her Englisch friends. When Ben injures himself hitching water skis to the back of a buggy, his sister-in-law, Esther, sends Ben to spend time with Linda as payment for stitching him up in hopes that being around a responsible person will shape him up. Linda sees past Ben's self-hating sabotage to his caring, nature-loving heart—even if Ben is unwilling to see his own virtues or to believe that he is worthy of love. Humor infuses the story, especially in interactions with elderly hypochondriac Cathy, who sets herself up as both matchmaker and chaperone, and in small touches like Ben's repeated destruction of his hats while acting out. A gentle sense of belief in God's plan is inherent in the goings-on, but religious themes remain subtle. Beckstrand's fans will enjoy this playful story.