A Man of His Word by Kathleen Turner

a man of his word

A Man of His Word, by Kathleen Fuller, is set in Middlefield, Ohio.  Fuller gives her readers a glimpse into the world of the Amish as she tells the story of Moriah Byler and the Miller twins, Gabriel and Levi. Gabriel, Levi’s twin, has been in love with Moriah since they were children, but he never tells her.   Moriah marries Levi, but four months into their marriage, Levi sends her a note that says he is leaving both  her and the Amish way of life. She is expecting Levi’s baby.  What is she to do?  The Amish believe that marriage is for life.  Even though Levi is free in the world of the Yankees (those who are not Amish), Moriah will remain his wife in the eyes of the Amish community as long as he lives.

I have read other Amish fiction, and it’s always interesting to get a peek into such a different world.  Fuller’s telling of Moriah’s story kept me engaged throughout the book, and I even shed a few tears.   People tend to think that the Amish lead such peaceful lives, but we forget that they are human and have problems just like the rest of us.  I think Kathleen Fuller did a good job of showing how Levi Miller’s head was turned by the outside world.  Despite his betrayal, Moriah always hoped that he would come back to her.  She was faithful to her wedding vows.  The reaction of the Amish community to Levi’s desertion was always one of love, and in the end, it was love that triumphed– for Moriah, for her baby, and for Gabriel Miller.


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3 Responses to “A Man of His Word by Kathleen Turner”


  1. 1 writeathome August 14, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I’ve read a lot of Beverly Lewis’ books about the Amish, but I haven’t read any by this author yet. I know there are Amish communities in Indiana and Ohio. Do you live near any of them?

    • 2 Becky August 14, 2009 at 5:08 pm

      The closest big settlement of Amish is at Elkhart, which is about 75 miles from us. While the hubby worked in that area, he took out a crossing by an Amish house. The wife came out with coffee and home-baked sweet rolls for his men. She brought out a pitcher of cold water for them in the afternoon, and the hubby even came home with some home-canned peaches! That did not fit the stereotype the hubby had of the Amish, but it certainly was hospitable!

  2. 3 Kathleen Fuller August 19, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for the review Becky. I appreciate it and I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. I bet those home canned peaches your hubby brought home were delicious. 🙂


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