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I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Amish Marriage Bargain by Marie E. Bast


About the Book

Book: The Amish Marriage Bargain
Author: Marie E. Bast
Genre: Amish
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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Fans of Amish fiction and those of us who have Amish neighbors know that the Amish people are very forgiving people; in fact, they often easily forgive what we Englishers struggle with. In this new book by Marie E. Bast, the Amish heroine May Bender is finding it hard to forgive the hurt handed her by her Amish beau Thad Hochstedler and her sister April. The marriage vows that she and Thad were supposed to exchange had actually been said by Thad and April and now, May finds herself caring for her baby niece Leah. Why had she agreed to April's dying request? As much as she has grown to love this sweet baby in the last year, how can May possibly be expected to stay in the home of the man who hurt who so deeply?

Bast has created some memorable characters for The Amish Marriage Bargain. A very wise Bishop, a mother-in-law who exemplifies all of the nasty associated with those awful mother-in-law jokes, and an Amish hero who has chosen to put others ahead of his own wants and wishes. She also shares some very realistic moments as May and Thad struggle to save May's family farm and I could totally relate to their issues. My husband and I ran a dairy for over thirty years and we also experienced the effects of big dairy operations versus small family farms. May's confusion and her deep hurt are very understandable and just when it appears that there can't be a happy resolution, an unknown secret offers her hope.

The Amish Marriage Bargain is an enjoyable story that reminds us that circumstances are not always as they appear and forgiveness is truly the key to peace and acceptance. I recommend it to all who enjoy Amish fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

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EmpowerMoms, January 14
Splashes of Joy , January 15


To celebrate her tour, Marie is giving away to four winners each a $25 Amazon card will also receive a copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Looking forward to reading this one!

  2. It has been great hearing about your book and although I am not the reader myself, my 2 sisters and 2 daughters are. They love hearing about the genre's they like and me helping them get to find books they will enjoy. Thanks for sharing!