Title: The Bishop’s Son
Author: Kelly Irwin
My rating is 3 stars.
The Amish of Bee County series began with the novel, The Beekeeper’s Son; here is the sequel to that story, The Bishop’s Son. Readers can look forward to the next novel in the series in 2016 titled, The Saddlemaker’s Son.
There are two young men interested in the main female character named Leila. Jesse, though a bishop’s son, hasn’t yet committed himself to the Amish life or church as he continues to enjoy his freedom. Will is committed to the Amish way wholeheartedly and is interested in Leila as well. Jesse wants to show Leila a different world than her Amish community, and Will wants her to remain close to the community even though she is interested in working outside the Amish village.
Kelly Irwin writes interesting novels though sometimes the ending is quite predictable. What brings tension into the story isn’t just two young men interested in one girl, but the fact that they are also cousins. The beliefs of the Amish and Christianity are brought to the story in an interesting way.
I think the relationship tension along with wrestling with one’s personal beliefs though interesting just didn’t capture my attention as much as I had hoped. The author writes a good novel; it just didn’t click with me. You might consider reading the first book, The Beekeeper’s Son, in order to understand the background of the lead characters. Kelly Irwin has written other novels as well so if these stories don’t draw you in like me consider looking into her other books.
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