This is such a sweet romance, about a couple who must make compromises on their ways of life in order to be together. Leah is an Amish midwife who strongly believes in the power of traditional remedies and prayer, and Kyle is a doctor who believes in the latest medical technologies. I love the way their friendship and respect for each other’s abilities as a healer developed slowly over time. Even though they each ultimately have very different approaches to healing, I like that both care about their patients enough to be flexible. Leah is willing to take a patient to a clinic when the situation becomes too serious for traditional cures, and Kyle does his research and learns that there are actually a lot of similarities between Leah’s mixtures and pharmaceutical medicines. I also like that their physical attraction is very much also rooted in mutual respect.
I also love that both have to decide whether their love for each other is worth compromising what they believe they’ve always wanted. Leah is very devoted to her Amish faith, and so marrying an Englischer like Kyle may estrange her from the community she loves. And Kyle has always dreamed of working in a big city hospital, so settling down in a small Amish town may mean having to give up that dream. Leah’s also hiding a secret related to a painful incident in Kyle’s past, though I’m glad that revelation didn’t play out as dramatically as I’d feared.
Overall, The Amish Midwife’s Secret is a sweet, heartwarming romance. Leah and Kyle are, quite simply, good for each other, and you can’t help but wish them on towards a happily ever after.
Thank you to Forever Romance for an egalley of this book in exchange for an honest review.