Ellen Beachy takes care of her aging parents, especially her mother who is getting more and more forgetful. Ellen also works hard running her family's craft store, one day on the way to work she runs into Simeon Shetler who think that she should marry one of his sons, either Micah or Neziah. She's reluctant to say the least, but when all 5 Shetler sons arrive at dinner, she says she'll think about it.
Will Mr. Shetler's crazy marriage plan find Ellen happiness, or bungle everything up?
I really liked Ellen's dad, he is wise, and only wants to see his daughter happy and well taken care of when he is gone. He wants her to take her time, yet to be open to the possibilities.
To Ellen's surprise it's not just their dad that wants one of his sons to marry her, they aren't opposed to the idea either. Neziah and Micah are close, but they have a tendency to be very competitive, which makes things even more difficult at times--and humorous!
Neziah is a widower with two young children, and he and Ellen used to court before he met his late wife, he is mature and realizes that he wasn't always kind to her, but he never stopped loving her, and he tells her that right off the bat.
Micah is friendly and fun-loving, and he helps Ellen step out of her shell, and feel more at ease mingling with the community. He's ready to settle down, and wants Ellen to take his interest seriously.
This is a great book, I loved the tension as well as the great dialogue, I went back and forth over who she would pick, because both brothers were great and had a lot to offer. A fast read, with plenty of twists and an engaging plot.
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