Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Saving Gideon

Gideon Fisher wants one thing out of life -- to be left alone. This is not the Amish way, but he’s devastated after the death of his wife and son to the point of losing his faith. He buys a farm on the outskirts of the district and pulls away from his community. But when a freak spring snowstorm brings a beautiful Englisher to his farm, what choice does Gideon have but to let her in?

Dallas socialite Avery Ann Hamilton is intrigued by the Amish farmer who pulls her out of the snow and into his austere lifestyle. Poor little rich girl, Avery has just gone through (yet another) bad breakup. Every man she meets only wants her for her father’s money. All she has ever wanted is to be loved for herself. Avery soon discovers the Oklahoma Amish country is the perfect place to hide out and heal her broken heart.

But she finds a peace in those back roads that she’s never felt before. Now her life has purpose and meaning as she connects with God and those around her. And there’s something more as she begins to care for this man who needs both love and forgiveness.

Gideon never wanted to live again much less fall in love, but Avery finds her way into his heart, showing him the beauty of life and God’s greatness. Yet as the feelings between Avery and Gideon grow, can they overcome their dissimilar lifestyles, or will their sheer differences pull them apart?

My thoughts...

Avery surprises her fiance by flying out to tell him she will marry him....tonight! She gets surprised when she opens the door to his hotel room and finds him with another woman.

Driving back to the airport during a snowstorm she slides off the road and the car tumbles down the embankment.

Gideon is still grieving the loss of his wife and son, and is blaming himself for their deaths. Hearing a horn blaring at night he goes out into the storm to find out what's going on and finds Avery unconscious with her head resting on the steering wheel dressed in a skimpy cocktail dress. With her is a tiny pampered Yorkie named Louis V after the famous designer.

Wealthy Englisher Avery and Amish Gideon get to know each other and begin to fall in love. Both know it would be impossible for them to have a relationship and after a while the elders approach Gideon about confessing his sins and coming back to the church. Avery does wonders for Gideon, helping him to get his faith back and see that he isn't the reason his family is dead.

I enjoyed the story very much until it came to the ending. Throughout the entire book they fight their attraction to each other knowing it would never work, then suddenly it will work. I think it ended too abruptly, there could've been more leading up to the reason why a relationship will work. 4 out 5 stars.

I received an ecopy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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