Book description:He doesn't plan to stay Amish. She doesn't have a plan. Then an angel draws their hearts toward God . . . and each other. A buggy-racing champion, a hardworking field-hand, and a terrible cook, Rachel Hartzler does not fit her Amish community's standards for an eligible bride. Hurt by their rejection and still grieving the loss of her brother, Rachel is ready for change. She's not, however, ready for Jordan Engles. Rachel's father hired him to help tend the fields so Rachel can learn to cook and sew, thus increasing her chances of finding a husband. She can't understand why her father doesn't want her help and blames Jordan for trying to replace her beloved brother. Jordan plans for his time on the Michigan farm to be short. Before his mother passed away, he promised her he'd give her Amish roots a chance. Upon her death, uncertain about what else to do, he came to stay with his Uncle Isaac in Hope Falls. He's curious why his mother left the community she obviously loved. But it doesn't take Jordan long to conclude that the strict lifestyle and the three hour church services are not for him. But there isn't just human interaction at play. Nathaniel, an angel of God, sees the potential in Jordan and Rachel's hearts from heaven's perspective. His goal is to shepherd them toward the path of healing and love. When tragedy strikes, then strikes again, this angelic being is sent to guide them toward the healing and abundant life promised in God's Word - if only they will listen. (taken from Goodreads)
~ ~ ~ ~ ~Romance:A bad pregnancy, a couple kisses, some flirting and jealousy because of it. Language:0 Violence: A buggy accident, death, injuries. Other:Drinking, lying, demons. Time period: Modern.
Thoughts:Although I haven't read all too many Amish books this one is definitely on my favorites list! It was a truly inspiring story with little sections of an angel's POV watching over Jorden and Rachel. I really liked that. It did seem as though the angel didn't have much power over the demon. I'm not sure where they stand or what is says in the Bible about how much power they have so I may be incorrect about being a little upset about that. (In the second book it seems as if the angel has more power and always it is shown that God has power over the demons) The plot kept me guessing just as the book kept me reading! I really enjoyed it and got the "calm" feeling I do when I read Amish books. It may sound silly but it's true! I didn't have (really) any problems with this book other than that little demon part and that it might have been a little slow here and there. I would recommend to girls 13+
Characters:Rachel was my favorite as she was small but feisty. Like me, I hope. I thought the characters were well done and I felt like I got familiar with them really quickly :)
Cover:I like the whole bokeh-ish thing they have going. But it kinda comes out as blurry :/ I liked An Angel By Her Side's cover better.