The Amish Teacher’s Gift by Rachel J. Good is such a beautiful and special story. I have long admired how the Amish view children and adults with special needs- they see them for who they are- individuals with special abilities, special needs, and they see what they are capable of rather than what they cannot do.
In The Amish Teacher’s Gift, much of the activity takes place within this small school for Amish children with special needs, showing the value they place on what these children need to flourish.
It touches a chord that Josiah’s son, Nathan, is deaf, as my husband is hearing impaired as am I, though not to that extent. Josiah hopes that Nathan will “bloom” in this new school under Ada’s teaching, and that it will help Nathan learn to communicate and to cope with losing his mother. Ada seems to have a way with Nathan and with each of her students, as well as balancing this with her caring for her many siblings.
I cannot recommend this story highly enough, and I look forward to the next novel in this series. Rachel J. Good is a talented and expressive author.
Publication: April 24, 2018 | Forever | Love and Promises #1
Widower Josiah Yoder wants to be a good father. But it’s not easy with a deaf young son who doesn’t understand why his mamm isn’t coming home. At a loss, Josiah enrolls Nathan in a special-needs school and is relieved to see his son immediately comforted by his new teacher, a woman whose sweet charm and gentle smile just might be the balm they both need.
With seven siblings to care for, Ada Rupp wasn’t sure she wanted to take on teaching, too. But the moment she holds Nathan in her arms, she realizes she’ll do all she can to help this lost little boy. Plus, it gives her a chance to spend more time with Josiah. Falling for a man in mourning may be against the rules, but his quiet strength is the support Ada never knew she needed. And, together, they could have the loving family she’d always hoped for.