The Amish Teacher’s Gift by Rachel Good

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About the Book

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Title: The Amish Teacher’s Gift, Book 1 of the Love & Promises Series

Author: Rachel J Good

Genre: Amish Romance

Release Date: April 24, 2018

Widower Josiah Yoder wants to be a good father. But it’s not easy with a deaf young son who doesn’t understand why his mamm isn’t coming home. At a loss, Josiah enrolls Nathan in a special-needs school and is relieved to see his son immediately comforted by his new teacher, a woman whose sweet charm and gentle smile just might be the balm they both need.

With seven siblings to care for, Ada Rupp wasn’t sure she wanted to take on teaching too. But the moment she holds Nathan in her arms, she realizes she’ll do all she can to help this lost little boy. Plus, it gives her a chance to spend more time with Josiah. Falling for a man in mourning may be against the rules, but his quiet strength is the support Ada never knew she needed. Yet with no time to court and a family secret holding her back, how can she allow herself to fall in love?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

What an special sweet story. We don’t read a lot of fiction about children with special needs, especially in the Amish communities, which makes this story, well, just special. Author Rachel J Good does an amazing job writing this story, as well as the research about special needs children and the schools and environment they need to be in.
Ada Rupp already had her hands full raising her seven siblings, and wasn’t sure she would be able to teach at the special needs school, but she soon found herself falling in love with one of her students. Nathan was a disturbed little boy but he seemed to trust his teacher, which was much more than how he was with his dad Josiah. All Josiah heard from Nathan was the screaming and screeching that came each time Josiah tried to do anything for his son. Can Nathan one day give Josiah the love and trust he gives his teacher?
I felt so very bad for Josiah because everything he tried to do for his son just made Nathan worse. And to make matters worse, the more time Ada and Josiah spent together to more chemistry there was between them. And that couldn’t happen because Josiah was still in mourning for his deceased wife and no one wanted Ada because she had her family to take care of. But they still enjoyed each other’s company, despite the warning from the Bishops wife. That is until a newspaper reporter took pictures of the two coming out of the school alone, pictures that were printed on the front page of the English newspaper. Boy does this author have her work cut out for her! But Rachel Good does a fantastic job of weaving all of these difficult problems and situations together to make a really sweet story. I loved the main characters, Josiah and Ada and the attraction they had for each other from the first time they met. But as for much to nosey Bishop’s wife, I wanted to tell her a few things!
All of the characters for the special children were heartwarming, but David and Nathan’s relationship was what touched me more than any of them. I loved the way these two learned to communicate with each other as if they were normal kids. And again Ms. Good does an amazing job with these and the rest of her characters. I felt connected to them all, and it felt like I was reading about real people with real life issues. I highly recommend this special book to everyone who enjoys a clean, entertaining read. And if you love Amish stories, this is one you don’t want to miss!
A  copy of this book was provided by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.
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About the Author

rachel goodRachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events. Rachel loves to travel and visit many different Amish communities.

Rachel is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – Sisters & Friendsseries, Love & Promises series, and two books in the Hearts of Amish Country series – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Booksand the contemporary novella, Angels Unaware, part of the Hope Chapel series. In addition, she has stories in the anthologies Springs of Love and Love’s Thankful Heart.

She’d love to have you visit her website, or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Bookbub. Rachel also enjoys meeting readers and will be doing talks and booksignings around the country this year. To find out more about Rachel and her books, you can sign up for her newsletter: http://bit.ly/1qwci4Q

Guest Post from Rachel J. Good

Heart-Tugging Research

Sometimes as an author, stories call to you and beg you to write them. This story first tugged at my heart after I spent time with an Amish friend’s special needs child. I thought about writing a book to show how the Amish treat each child as a gift from God. After meeting a hearing-impaired teen girl with Down’s syndrome and seeing how she was encouraged to live up to her potential, the idea grew stronger. This girl later became Martha in the book.

Then at an auction, I watched a young Down’s syndrome boy help the auctioneer by delivering the goods to the bidders. His straw hat tilted a little crookedly, but with a broad smile on his face, he carefully matched items with the correct bidder. He looked so proud of himself and proud to be able to do such an important job. I sat there at the auction and jotted notes for the novel.

Once I knew the topic of the novel, I began my research by visiting Amish schools for special needs, attending auctions to support them, and touring the Community Care Center, where Amish and Mennonite children and adults with special needs get amazing help. The young man in the wheelchair who showed us around was an awesome guide. We peeked into an exercise room, a therapy room, a craft room, several classrooms, a cafeteria, and my favorite—a multi-sensory environment. This room with dark walls lit only by a small row of twinkling Christmas lights had a ball pit (with the plastic balls like some fast food restaurants have in their play areas), a plush recliner, blankets, headphones, and a hammock. Autistic children at the center found this room a great calming atmosphere. I knew this room had to have a place in the book.

I visited a teacher who taught autistic children and learned a lot about programs, therapies, and teaching techniques. After learning the cutting edge techniques she used, I was surprised to realize that the Amish had adopted quite a few of them for their classrooms. I chose a hearing-impaired boy for the hero’s son because I had a nephew with hearing problems, so I could incorporate some of the struggles he had into the story.

I wanted this series to be about the healing power of love, so each book will deal with a different type of healing. When something touches my heart like this, I always pray it will touch the readers’ hearts too.

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GIVEAWAY

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To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize package of a tote, an autographed copy of The Amish Teacher’s Gift, and an autographed copy of Hearts Reunited!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cee3/the-amish-teacher-s-gift-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

 

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kay Garrett
    May 12, 2018 @ 09:15:39

    Thank you for your wonderful review and being part of the book tour for “The Amish Teacher’s Gift” by Rachel J Good.

    Loved reading how Rachel got the idea for the book and her path of research. It goes to show how accurate her books are even in the littlest of details.

    Awesome giveaway that I’d love to be the very fortunate recipient of.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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