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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!

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Under the Blue Skies (Big Sky Amish #3) by Tricia Goyer

Under the Blue Skies (Big Sky Amish #3)

Thomas Smucker moved to West Kootenai for a fresh start—one where he could make his own decisions and build a life away from his deceased father’s harsh reputation. But when a tragedy occurs, he finds his five-year-old niece in his care. Now, he has to build a life he didn’t want and face a past that he longed to escape.

Lovina Graber dreams of a husband and family of her own, but a lifelong limp and disfigured face have her doubting it will ever happen. Instead, she’s content working as a scribe for The Budget and spending her days helping her parents and the less fortunate in her community. Well, mostly content. And then there’s that secret anonymous column she’s been writing too …

When a newly arrived bachelor becomes an instant father, Lovina feels compelled to come to the rescue, helping Thomas care for his Englisch niece as he works toward gaining custody. Although Thomas and his niece clash at every turn, Lovina finds herself building a bond with the girl. Could this be the family she’s longed for?

Afraid he’s too much like his anger-driven father, Thomas has no plans to ever marry or have children, despite the sparks between him and Lovina, and his growing fondness for his niece. When he finds out Lovina’s secret—and believes she’s perhaps not the person he thought—he strikes out in caring for Emily on his own.

But when his custody is threatened, he must do what’s best for his niece. The only problem is he’s not sure what that is. Can he and Lovina work together to fight the lies they’ve believed all their lives—and fight the system to get back their girl?

Find out in this third installment of the Big Sky Amish Collection.


I enjoyed the first two books in the Big Sky Amish series, so I was thrilled to learn that there was a third book and that the author is from Kentucky. Let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed! Under the Blue Skies has everything that I enjoy: realistic characters, a beautiful setting, and a story that kept me turning the pages. Thomas Smucker wants a new lease on life, his orphaned niece Emily grieves for her mother, and Lovina Graber yearns for a family that she'll never have. These people with different crosses to bear find each other in West Kootenai but can they overcome their doubts and misconceptions?

It was a joy to watch this mismatched trio attempt to create a family unit. Author Elly Gilbert tugged at my emotions and made me believe that God always had this in His plan. If you enjoy Amish fiction that's laced with faith and hope, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of Under the Blue Skies. It's a wonderful debut novel for Gilbert and another success for her mentor, Tricia Goyer!

I voluntarily accepted a digital copy from the publisher but there was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Elly Gilbert lives in central Kentucky with her husband, daughter, and twin sons. A lifelong bookworm, she finds joy in reading and writing inspirational fiction and devotions for adults and teens. When she’s away from her desk, you can find her scoping out the nearest nacho joint with her family or snuggled up with her rescue dogs, Gus and Charli. She adores her pearls, never turns down dessert, and believes that when it comes to earrings, bigger is always better. Visit her at ellygilbert.com

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