Amish Widow’s Hope (Expectant Amish Widows #1) by Samantha Price

I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is the first in the series about Amish widows. Anita Graber has returned to Lancaster County after the death of her husband. Pregnant with her first child Anita returns home to live with her brother and his family. She is surprised to learn that everyone in the community expects her to remarry. She finds a supportive friend in her sister-in-law’s brother. Simon is several years younger than Anita. He is suportive of Anita’s choices. This seems to be the reason the community do not consider him an appropriate match.
The Amish are not a group usually found in romance stories so I couldn’t resist reading this book. I found Anita to be a strong independent woman, which I did not expect of an Amish woman but was pleased to discover. Her main motivation is to live her life how she wants. She will not be pushed to marry again purely because she is pregnant. She is financially stable and can support herself and her child.
Simon is a well-respected member of his community, he runs his own business and cares for his family. The only reason he is not a choice is his age. He truly cares for Anita and does not want to push her to move on. He respects her need to mourn her husband and learn to adjust to living as a single mother.
I found myself disgusted by the behaviour of Anita’s brother. He was what I expected of an Amish male. He sees himself as the leader of the family. He dictates how the women will live their lives regardless of their wishes. He does redeem himself somewhat by allowing his wife to work after much persuasion.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a quick read and a sweet romance.

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