Friday’s Fiction

The Gift

The Gift (The Prairie State Friends Book 2) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

About the Book

Leah Mast and her family have always considered her to have a healing touch and a special gift for reflexology-treating people’s ailments by massaging certain places on their feet. But others scoff at the notion, saying the very idea of curing people of illness through their feet is absurd.

Adam Beachy is one of those scoffers, even though his own mother used to practice reflexology. And then she left the Amish faith and walked out on her family, leaving his father to raise Adam and his sister alone. Now Adam mocks reflexology and balks at the idea of ever marrying and starting a family of his own.

When tragedy strikes, Adam is suddenly a father figure to his nieces.  He finds himself needing a wife-immediately. Despite their differences, Leah seems the best option to fill that role. Can they hope to find peace and love in a modern-day marriage of convenience?

My Thoughts

Leah Mast has been practicing reflexology, a massage method for the feet, she learned from her Grandmother Yoder years ago. She is a little older than most young Amish unmarried women are, but for the most part, this doesn’t bother Leah.

Adam Beachy is also a little older than the average unmarried men are, but he’s in no hurry to marry, either. He’s even thought about not marrying because he doesn’t want to have a repeat of his father’s tragic marriage.

Things change dramatically for Adam one day. His sister and brother-in-law die in an accident on their way to visit him. Left to raise his nieces, Adam knows he just cannot handle the burden alone. He approaches Leah with a solution-a marriage in name only.

I enjoyed the story overall. However, some storylines felt disjointed or contrived in order to make the story more cohesive. I realize this is the second in a series, but one character’s story isn’t in the first book (at least not to my knowledge).

The Gift explores many areas of human life: abandonment, tragedy, death, loss of dreams-to name just a few, and looks at how different people with different faiths and beliefs try to deal with out of the ordinary, adverse situations.

Wanda E. Brunstetter has done a nice job of concluding The Gift, even though there were potentially disastrous consequences caused by fallout from a catastrophic event.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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