Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Bishop's Son by Kelly Irvin

Two men offer Leila two very different futures. Will she choose with her heart or with her faith?
Leila Lantz has been in love with Jesse Glick from the day she first saw him at his father’s store, but she can’t make sense of his intentions. One day he wants to come courting, the next he seems to be putting distance between them.
Jesse may be the bishop’s son, but his faith has been wavering of late. If he is so unsure, is it fair to give Leila false hope for a future he doubts he can provide?
Then there’s Will, Jesse’s cousin. He has been trying to keep his feelings for Leila a secret, but he also knows Jesse is wrestling with his faith. Would declaring his feelings for Leila be in her best interest or simply serving his own selfish desires?
Leila knows she can choose Will and be secure in her own future. But when her heart speaks, it’s Jesse’s name she hears. When will God make His will known to her? Could leaving everything she knows—even her own faith—be a part of God’s plan?

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About the Author

Kelly Irvin is the author of The Beekeeper’s Son, the critically acclaimed first novel of the Amish of Bee County series. Kelly is also the author of several Amish series including the Bliss Creek Amish series, the New Hope Amish series, and the Amish of Bee County series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in Texas-Mexico border towns. She has worked in public relations for the City of San Antonio for twenty years. Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-seven years. They have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors. Website:, Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin, Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author.

My Thoughts

This was such an interesting Amish fiction. I have always enjoyed Amish fiction, but this one was very different from anything I have read. I had never read a book where the plot of the story focused on the choices Amish young people must make while choosing to follow (or not follow) their faith.
This book is also a story of salvation and God's grace. The Bishop's Son is book two in the Amish of Bee County series. I have not read the first book and had no trouble following this book. It reads just fine as a stand alone.
I was very impressed by this book. I have always loved Amish fiction and this one didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed the plot of the story. It was different from any other Amish book I have read and I really liked the change. Leila and Jesse and Will all had different struggles they had to deal with and they each had their own way of dealing with them. I enjoyed how much Kelly used this book to speak of God's grace and the importance of sharing our faith with others. It's not something you would find in your normal Amish fiction but, it was one of the things I enjoyed most about the book. The writing is great and I was never bored while reading. I was interested all the way to the end. This book was such a great read. I can't wait to read the next in the series.
I was blessed with this book from the Fiction Guild in exchange for my review. A positive review was not required.

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