What will it take for Mary to let go of her pride and see Marcus for who he really is? A swift and heartwarming Amish romance, full of misunderstandings, tragedy, and the sweet satisfaction of young love.
Mary Wagler arrives in Adams County, Ohio for the new school term, ready to begin her duties teaching eighteen students at the little one room schoolhouse. Marcus Yoder, who lives next door with his widowed mother and his six younger siblings, is assigned the task of meeting the new arrival at the bus station. He is to transport Mary in his buggy to where she will board at Leon and Lavina Hochstetler’s home. Mary is sure Marcus has volunteered for the task to make an early play on her affections and dreads the nuisance he will be in the coming weeks.
Mary opens her first day of school with a firm determination. She will make a solid contribution to this small Amish community nestled on the banks of the Ohio River. When Marcus stops by occasionally to greet his younger siblings after school, Mary is convinced he felt snubbed by her lack of interest in his early affection, and that he's hanging around to critique her every move and make the school term miserable for her.
When sickness sweeps through the school, Marcus comes to Mary's aid. Mary blames herself for handling the challenge poorly, and is surprised by Marcus's gentle response. Perhaps he's not quite the nuisance she thought he was. But she's been so rude to him that surely he's no longer interested in her friendship. Or could she be wrong . . . again?
Eicher (Rebecca's Choice) centers this excellent Amish romance on a rural school teacher as she settles into her new community. In Adams County, Ohio, Marcus Yoder, the eldest of seven siblings, works tirelessly on his family's farm after his father's death. When Mary Wagler arrives to begin her new position as the area's only schoolteacher, Marcus's stoicism is tested by her incessant questions and nontraditional ways whenever he sees her at the school while visiting his siblings. She becomes determined to win his approval by proving that she can take care of herself as well as the school without assistance. However, despite her efforts, Mary comes to realize that she can't do it all; she must learn to let go of her pride in order to accept help from others. In doing so, she sees Marcus in a new light and they slowly become friends. As they open up to one another, Marcus is finally able to express the grief he has long held inside. Eicher nicely develops the contrasting personalities of his characters, and readers will cheer for this sweet couple as they find their way together. Fans of Wanda Brunstetter will want to take a look.
The Amish Schoolteacher
Very good read.