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THE BISHOP'S SON by Kelly Irvin
Kelly Irvin is the author of The Bishop’s Son, the
second novel in the Amish of Bee County series from Zondervan/HarperCollins. It follows The Beekeeper’s Son, which received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, calling it “a beautifully woven masterpiece.” She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both from Harvest House Publishing. Her first novella, A Christmas Visitor, debuted in the anthology, The Amish Christmas Gift.
From the book’s back cover:
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?
I love how Kelly Irvin has her characters face seemingly insurmountable challenges—and this she does in The Bishop’s Son. This story does not give the reader a predictable ending, which holds the reader’s interest until the last page is turned. Leila Lantz and Jesse Glick, the bishop’s son, are in their Amish faith’s rumspringa—“a period of running around” and exploration for young people before committing to their faith’s baptism. Leila’s heart tells her to choose Jesse, whom she loves, and his new commitment but to do so she will lose her family and faith. Leila’s head tells her to make a safer choice in Will, Jesse’s cousin, and keep her faith and family. Great story line, inner conflict, and characterization. Highly recommended.
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