Married to a Stranger Blurb
He’s desperate for help. She longs to escape. Love wasn’t an option.
After her father accuses a stranger of dishonoring her, Bethel Eicher finds herself promised in marriage to him, a man she’d never met. Not exactly what Bethel has dreamed of, but since she spent several years caring for her handicapped mother, the good guys were all taken and she’s considered an old maid at twenty-five. The alternative to marrying an unknown man is a steady barrage of older widowers and none of them appeal. Rather than fight for the truth and risk embarrassing/humiliating her father, this marriage might be the perfect escape from a life of forever loneliness and from being a permanent caregiver/ glorified housekeeper.
When newly-called Preacher Gideon Kaiser learns he’s been accused of a dishonorable act toward an Amish woman, he is horrified and the community is thrown into a tizzy. A young widower whose wife died in childbirth, Gideon is practical enough to realize the necessity of eventually having another woman in his life. While he lives with his parents, his mother suffers from multiple sclerosis, and he has an infant. With Bethel to manage the household and care for their family, Gideon and his father would be able to run the Amish grocery store and deliver messages of hope to the Amish in the small district, still reeling from a catastrophic fire. But marry a woman he’s never met? One he doesn’t love? The very thought strikes him as being unfaithful to his late wife. Still, he needs her. Plus he needs his good name cleared for the sake of his ministry, so he does the honorable thing and agrees to marry her.
After Gideon submits to the demands based on blackmail and pushes Bethel into a position as a glorified nurse-maid, how can they possibly make a marriage work? When love is as hidden as the ground buried under snow, can they ever see past their forced beginning? When the truth behind the accusations is revealed, it threatens to destroy the growing bond between these two former-strangers.