Friday, December 31, 2021

Magdalena's Choice

Title: Magdalena's Choice

Series: The Amish Charm Bakery #5

Author: Molly Jebber

Publisher: Kensington Books, Zebra

Genre: Amish, Christian Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

Molly Jebber is another new-to-me author. While this is the fifth book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I have not read any other books in the series, and I do not feel like I missed anything.

Magdalena (title says Magdalena/story says Magdalena so I am going with the cover just for consistency's sake) is a strong female protagonist, especially given the time period. I like that she stood for her convictions even when it caused division. She knew what God wanted from her and refused to stray from that path.

Toby was also a sweet character who loved and respected Magdalena. He wanted her input and didn't believe that men had the final say, he wanted to discuss things with her, which was also unusual for the time period.

While this is a sweet story it was very slow. There really was not much to keep the story moving at a steady pace. I struggled to complete it simply because it was predictable and I knew what was eventually going to happen.

Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book. I was not required to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Synopsis (from NetGalley):

Fresh-baked muffins fragrant with ripe blueberries …cinnamon-scented turnovers that transform any meal into a feast. … In 1914 Ohio, the Amish Charm Bakery holds a special place within its close-knit, faith-filled community, where love finds a way through God’s grace …even for a widow faced with an impossible choice between her head and her heart. So when a meet-cute at a wedding leads Magdelena and Toby into a cross-class romance against the wishes of her father, can they draw on their faith to follow their hearts?

As the daughter of a wealthy rancher, Magdelena Beachy may not truly need her job at the Amish Charm Bakery, but she enjoys tending to customers, be they neighbors or curious Englischers. Only one thing would make life sweeter, and that’s if Toby Schlabach would court her. It’s not just his dimples and smile that warm Magdelena’s heart—she admires his kindness and values. Yet she worries their chance may slip away . . .
With his daed ill and his mother and sister depending on him, Toby can’t yet offer Magdelena the future she deserves. But even as he nears his goal, he learns her father has arranged a match with another suitor. Magdelena risks shunning if she goes against her family. Choosing a path will take courage as well as faith—in God’s plan, and in this steadfast, tender love . . . 

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