About the Book
Book: The Amish Marriage Bargain
Author: Marie E. Bast
Release Date: December 17, 2019
Will a baby girl bring them together at last?
She’ll do anything for her niece…Even marry the man who broke her heart.
Nothing can keep May Bender in her Amish hometown—except caring for her baby niece. But the bishop insists that May also marry her widowed brother-in-law, Thad Hochstedler—the beau who jilted her to wed her sister. Can May risk her heart long enough to learn the real reason for Thad’s first marriage…and possibly rediscover their love?
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About the Author
Marie E. Bast is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author. Her stories whisper words of hope and healing through complex characters and twisting plots. She enjoys writing Amish, contemporary and historical stories. Married for twenty-eight years, Marie and her husband have two grown sons and one daughter. When she’s not writing, she’s walking, golfing, gardening or spending time with her family. Visit her website at MarieBastAuthor.com or follower her on social media.
More from Marie
Did you know that until as late as the twentieth century, marriage was never based on love?
In fact, the institution of marriage predates recorded history. But in ancient biblical times, the reasons for marriage are numerous. The kings, nobility, wealthy, and aristocratic families used arranged marriages to ensure loyalty between kingdoms, which forced a united bound and ensured the integrity of their inheritance and the family wealth.
Arranged marriages, marriages of convenience, and marriage bargains were practical to keep property and kingdoms intact and in the family line. But these marriage contracts also spilled over into the commoners’ lives. In times of poverty, a daughter was only another mouth to feed and therefore a burden on the family. That fueled the arranged marriages where the groom gave the family money, animals, or some other commodity in exchange for the marriage.
Also, arranged marriages were instrumental for women over the age of 30 who were unwed. Even in the nineteenth century, many women would find that a marriage of convenience was the way to go. Often, a widower needed a mother and housekeeper for his family, and sometimes a woman without means to support herself would readily accept a marriage of convenience. Even today, some cultures still use arranged marriages.
But one of the most unique marriage of convenience is the marriage bargain, and that is the central theme to my newest book, The Amish Marriage Bargain, which releases in book form December 17, 2019, and eBook January 1, 2020. The marriage bargain is the specific negotiation of the terms of the agreement regarding a particular situation and often included land.
After her sister dies, May Bender will do anything for her niece…Even marry the man who broke her heart. But like the days of old, the bargain goes deeper than that.
I really enjoy reading Amish Fiction books. I was excited to have the opportunity to read The Amish Marriage Bargain by Marie E. Bast. This is a new to me author, and I had seen very positive reviews about this book.
I enjoyed this book very much. Ms. Bast has created beautiful, memorable characters. May and Thad have a history. They had previously courted. Thad jilted May and married May’s sister. May’s sister has now passed and May finds herself caring for her niece after promising her dying sister that she would. May does not seem to have ever stopped loving Thad, but is and was hurt bad by him. May and Thad are arranged to marry. I can’t even imagine being put in this position. I love that May leaned on God and her faith during this time. This story is a story full of forgiveness and redemption. I love how the author created this storyline and it reminded me that even when I think forgiveness is not possible – that Jesus forgave us when he died on the cross. This book is very well written. It pulled at my heart strings. I look forward to reading more from this author.
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program. All thoughts are my own.
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