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I loved this book! It’s emotional, with delightful bursts of humor, and a slow building romance. Joseph is a gruff dairy farmer, more content dealing with his goats than talking to the humans in his Amish community. Anne is a mid-wife, irritated with the grumpy farmer next door and his mischievous goats, which keep sneaking into her garden and eating her produce. Both of them are suffering from tragedies in their past, and neither is will to risk heartache again.
When Joseph’s younger sister, Fannie, unexpectedly leaves her infant daughter in his care, Joseph’s life is turned on end. Not one to ask for help from anyone, he’s suddenly in a position where he has no choice but to ask his neighbor Anne for much needed assistance. Even though he raised Fannie after the death of their parents, he knows nothing about raising a baby. Desperate, he asks Anne to be baby Leah’s nanny, just until Fannie returns.
Anne is reluctant to care for Leah for fear of having her heart broken when the babe’s mother returns for her. Seeing how badly Joseph needs help, though, Anne reluctantly agrees. As Anne and Joseph adjust their lives to fit a baby, and each other, they slowly nurture a friendship, and then, something more. Can they put their pasts behind them, and take a chance on new love?
The Amish Midwife is a sweet romance with a crabby man who would rather talk to goats than his neighbors, playful goats with healthy appetites, and a cranky baby with food allergies. I liked Anne, Joseph, and even the goats. Both single adults, Anne and Joseph’s sudden close association gives rise to gossip about their reputations, and Joseph’s inability to communicate gives rise to most of the conflict in the story. It’s a quick read, with a feel good ending, and it made me happy to see that Patricia Davids has an extensive backlist.
Grade: B / B+
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book:
An Unexpected Family
Amish midwife Anne Stoltzfus is used to late-night visitors—but she’s shocked to find reclusive bachelor Joseph Lapp on her doorstep with a baby in his arms. Their neighborly quarrels are pushed aside when Joseph explains that his sister has left her daughter in his care—and Joseph needs Anne to be her nanny. Soon they’re bonding over baby Leah, and the love they feel for her is healing them both. When Joseph makes an offer of marriage, Anne’s painful past resurfaces and she’s unsure of what to do. But taking a chance could mean love—and family—are waiting just across the fence.