The Amish Marriage Bargain by Marie E. Bast: Book Review
About the Book
Book: The Amish Marriage Bargain
Author: Marie E. Bast
Release Date: December 17, 2019
Will a baby girl bring them together at last?
She’ll do anything for her niece…Even marry the man who broke her heart.
Nothing can keep May Bender in her Amish hometown—except caring for her baby niece. But the bishop insists that May also marry her widowed brother-in-law, Thad Hochstedler—the beau who jilted her to wed her sister. Can May risk her heart long enough to learn the real reason for Thad’s first marriage…and possibly rediscover their love?
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Marriage of convenience in an Amish setting? Needless to say, this piqued my interest. In a way, it’s almost a story within a story. You have May and Thad working through their own troubles. Then you have May working through the abandonment and anger left behind by her sister and Thad’s sudden marriage, followed by April’s passing. It’s a lot to pack into a novel this size, but Marie E. Bast managed to pull it off.
Both characters had their flaws, and I applaud May for her stout determination. Thad did his best to provide for his family, but as a dairy farmer, he struggled with an uphill battle.
Everything seems to be working against this couple from the very beginning. I enjoyed the way the author slowly worked her way through the story, showing the reader bits and pieces of each character and what they were facing. She included a rather deep internal point of view for May and Thad but also managed to mix things up with some crazy mishaps an ill-tempered mother-in-law.
I often find myself not caring for the deacon in Amish books. Not really their fault, it’s more about the rules they’re enforcing than the characters themselves. The same thing happened here, which showed me I had truly invested myself in this story.
If you enjoy Amish fiction, you’ll like this story.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Marie E. Bast is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author. Her stories whisper words of hope and healing through complex characters and twisting plots. She enjoys writing Amish, contemporary and historical stories. Married for twenty-eight years, Marie and her husband have two grown sons and one daughter. When she’s not writing, she’s walking, golfing, gardening or spending time with her family. Visit her website at MarieBastAuthor.com or follower her on social media.
More from Marie
Did you know that until as late as the twentieth century, marriage was never based on love?
In fact, the institution of marriage predates recorded history. But in ancient biblical times, the reasons for marriage are numerous. The kings, nobility, wealthy, and aristocratic families used arranged marriages to ensure loyalty between kingdoms, which forced a united bound and ensured the integrity of their inheritance and the family wealth.
Arranged marriages, marriages of convenience, and marriage bargains were practical to keep property and kingdoms intact and in the family line. But these marriage contracts also spilled over into the commoners’ lives. In times of poverty, a daughter was only another mouth to feed and therefore a burden on the family. That fueled the arranged marriages where the groom gave the family money, animals, or some other commodity in exchange for the marriage.
Also, arranged marriages were instrumental for women over the age of 30 who were unwed. Even in the nineteenth century, many women would find that a marriage of convenience was the way to go. Often, a widower needed a mother and housekeeper for his family, and sometimes a woman without means to support herself would readily accept a marriage of convenience. Even today, some cultures still use arranged marriages.
But one of the most unique marriage of convenience is the marriage bargain, and that is the central theme to my newest book, The Amish Marriage Bargain, which releases in book form December 17, 2019, and eBook January 1, 2020. The marriage bargain is the specific negotiation of the terms of the agreement regarding a particular situation and often included land.
After her sister dies, May Bender will do anything for her niece…Even marry the man who broke her heart. But like the days of old, the bargain goes deeper than that.