The Saddle Maker’s Son by: Kelly Irvin

The Saddle Maker's SonThe Saddle Maker’s Son by Kelly Irvin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Children gives us a hope for the future. They give us responsibility and a stake in what happens in this world. We can never stop fighting for them.

I love when an author of the Amish prose puts English and the Amish together. It brings a tension that is believable and also one a reader can reflect on.

Two Amish families come together in the great state of Texas. Tobias Byler’s family has moved from Ohio along with his father and brothers and sisters. A family that has suffered great loss of a mother six years ago. The two eldest, Tobias and his sister Margaret, have taken the responsibility of helping their father raise the other children. The move from Ohio to Texas however, was not because of his mother’s death but for a new start for Tobias. Tobias had fallen for an English woman and instead of choosing her, he chose his faith. The Byler’s with their skills of horses and saddle making, make the trip for a new start in their business and to heal.

Tobias taking his brothers and sisters to their new community’s school meets Rebekah Lantz, a teachers aide who is healing from the hurt of her sister who has gone English to start a church with her husband. A chemistry between Tobias and Rebekah occur but it takes two small children running away from Mexico to find their father to bring healing for all.

I loved how the story of two Amish families come together because of two small children who are illegal immigrants. Running from violence, their grandmother sends them to Texas on their own to find their father. Tobias and Rebekah dealing with other circumstances put their faith in God and his sovereign care when they put down their own walls to help the most vulnerable. It brings to light the plight of the border and the victims of families that we do not hear. It puts a face to a very real crisis and why as Christians we need to be advocates for these children.

A Special Thank You to Zondervan and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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