His Amish Teacher: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

His Amish Teacher

His Amish Teacher – Sensational, but not Salacious

Patricia Davids has been writing in the Amish genre for a while now, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to read one of her novels. When I first saw the title, I had my doubts, but His Amish Teacher (third in her Amish Bachelor series) was absolutely fantastic! What took me so long to discover this author?

His Amish Teacher tells the story of lifelong friends, Lillian Keim and Timothy Bowman. Lillian is the community’s school teacher and Timothy is her faithful-‘til-the-end friend. But when their feelings start to grow to more than a casual friendship, Lillian turns away – she harbors a secret that only a few know of.

Timothy has his hands full helping with the family business and being a volunteer firefighter. When arson is suspected in their community, people are on alert – and trust no one.

I was given His Amish Teacher in exchange for my honest review. I found it to be a fantastic read. I love the fact that Davids has done her homework regarding the Amish and their way of life. If you are not familiar with the ins and outs of the Amish, this novel is spot-on. I also sincerely appreciated the way she approached the topic of little people – very well done! Be sure to grab your copy of His Amish Teacher; you won’t be disappointed. And now that I’m sold on Patricia Davids, I’ve got to catch up on some reading!


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


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An Interview and Giveaway with Patricia Davids

An Amish Harvest is the story of Samuel Bowman, a young man who is injured when a gas generator explodes and suffers burns on his hands and face. He fears he may never see again. Harvest is the busiest time of the year for his family so his father hires an Amish widow, Rebecca Miller, to be a temporary nurse. Samuel finds his unwanted caretaker to be bossy and outspoken. Rebecca sees her patient is wallowing in self-pity and will have none of it. A battle of wills ensues that will bring both lonely people a chance at love and a new life if they are willing to put the pain of their pasts behind them.Hi, Patricia. I am excited to interview you today! Tell readers all about your new book, An Amish Harvest (The Amish Bachelors).

Thank you for inviting me to your blog.

An Amish Harvest is the story of Samuel Bowman, a young man who is injured when a gas generator explodes and suffers burns on his hands and face. He fears he may never see again. Harvest is the busiest time of the year for his family so his father hires an Amish widow, Rebecca Miller, to be a temporary nurse. Samuel finds his unwanted caretaker to be bossy and outspoken. Rebecca sees her patient is wallowing in self-pity and will have none of it. A battle of wills ensues that will bring both lonely people a chance at love and a new life if they are willing to put the pain of their pasts behind them.

Is this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I feel as if I have known the five Bowman brothers for a long time. This is the second book with these characters. Readers met the family in the last book of my Brides of Amish Country series, Amish Redemption, in which Joshua Bowman was the hero. As I was writing that book, I knew I wanted to tell all the brothers stories and the idea for my new series was born. I grew up with four brothers of my own, each one as different as could be from the next. That may have given me some good insight into the dynamics of these young men, but the characters aren’t based on people I know. Just people I’d like to know.

Which character can you identify with most?

That would have to be the heroine, Rebecca Miller. I spend 40 years as a nurse. Two of those years, I worked as a home health nurse. That made it easy to envision Rebecca as a strong-willed woman who always had her patient’s best interest at heart even when the patient couldn’t see that. Nurses are people I respect and admire. It’s a tough job and one I loved, but I’m happy being a writer. The hours are better, too.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was in high school when I first thought about being a writer. I took creative writing there and in college, but I was called to be a nurse, a wife and then a mother. I never gave up the dream of being a writer, but I chose to put it on hold until I retired. I thought that would be a good time to write a book. Happily, I found the time to give it a try after my daughter left home. It took me eight years to sell my first story so I’m glad I didn’t wait any longer. My husband was very supportive and encouraging and I was blessed when I found a local writers group that enabled me to learn about the business side of this creative job.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I like to read, but I do that mostly for research these days. I love to go fishing and I love to travel. I’ve been to Europe, Central America, Alaska, all far-flung places for this Kansas girl and there are still places I’d like to visit.

Do you have a favorite scene or quote from your book?

Oh, yes! The first meeting of Samuel and Rebecca. He’s upset that she is there and stubbornly refuses to get out of bed. Rebecca knows he should be up so she pours water on his feet to make him get out of bed. Just a little, but it proves she means business. I love their interactions.

What’s next for you?

Writing, writing, more writing, plus a little fishing and traveling, that’s what is next for me. I recently finished a series with Emma Miller and Rebecca Kertz called Lancaster Courtships. My book, An Amish Midwife, is the third and final book in the series. It will be in stores in October. After that, I have another book in the Amish Bachelors series. I’m telling Luke’s story. He is the most troubled of the Bowman brothers with a dark history. Finding the right woman for him and helping him overcome his past has been a challenge but I think I got it right. The story is called An Amish Noel. Readers can look for it in stores in December.

Thanks again for inviting me.

Patricia Davids

Thank you so much for the interview! Patricia is giving away a copy of An Amish Harvest to one lucky reader. How great is that?!

An Amish Harvest is the story of Samuel Bowman, a young man who is injured when a gas generator explodes and suffers burns on his hands and face. He fears he may never see again. Harvest is the busiest time of the year for his family so his father hires an Amish widow, Rebecca Miller, to be a temporary nurse. Samuel finds his unwanted caretaker to be bossy and outspoken. Rebecca sees her patient is wallowing in self-pity and will have none of it. A battle of wills ensues that will bring both lonely people a chance at love and a new life if they are willing to put the pain of their pasts behind them.

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The Story Behind the Story of Amish Redemption by Patricia Davids

Hello everyone. My latest book, Amish Redemption, is showing up in stores from coast to coast this week. I thought you might enjoy a glimpse at the story behind the story.

The Story Behind the Story of Amish Redemption
I knew my book was going to be as spring release when the book was contracted. Here in Kansas, spring normally means the end of a hard winter, but it also means the beginning of severe weather season. I’m talking tornadoes. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz type tornadoes.

March is traditionally the beginning of tornado outbreaks in the Great Plains. This year has been the exception with 0 so far, but the Tri-State Tornado of March 18, 1925 was the deadliest tornado in history, killing 695 people. It is also the longest tornado track ever known – 219 miles – across parts of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. When I started thinking about having Mary and Joshua meet under trying circumstances in the spring, the first thing that popped into my head was, “tornado!” The deadly storms of my state have brought literally thousands upon thousands of volunteers and victims together in amazing stories of overcoming odds and rebuilding communities from nothing. I knew I wanted to showcase human kindness in that fashion.

The idea of trapping Mary and Joshua together in a basement under a house leveled by a tornado came from some of my own experience. I was a sophomore in high school when my family raced to the basement of our rural farmhouse with that horrible sound bearing down on us. It doesn’t just sound like a locomotive. It sounds like a gigantic, ferocious, enormous howling beast. The sound is unbelievable and unforgettable. I distinctly remember watching the outside cellar door lift open and a lawn chair came floating down into the center of the basement and landed softly. It was a surreal moment. The cellar door banged shut a second later. A loud crash followed, and rain began pouring down the inside stairwell. My dad said, “Well, the house is gone.”

I remember thinking how calm and brave he was as he huddled over me.

Our house was spared a direct hit and everyone emerge safely. The water running down the steps had been sucked in by the wind when the back door flew open. Water had been sucked throughout the house and there was even some in the teacups in the china cupboard. Tornadoes are freaky things.

I already knew Mary’s story. I revealed some of it in A Home For Hannah, back in 2012. Joshua’s story was a little more difficult to formulate, but once I realized what a big family he came from and how diverse his brothers were, I knew I had the start of a new series at my fingertips. I enjoyed weaving their stories together and showing the way people, even total strangers, can come together in a moment of crisis.

I hope you will pick up a copy of Amish Redemption and let me know what you think of the story.

The Story Behind the Story of Amish Redemption

P.S. March is also the Parade of Quilts in the nearby Amish community of Yoder KS.

Blessings all,

Patricia Davids