• The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby

  • Amish Quiltmaker Series, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Beckstrand
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (157 ratings)

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The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby

By: Jennifer Beckstrand
Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
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Publisher's Summary

In the first in an engaging new series, an Amish quiltmaker moves from Pennsylvania to a new settlement in Colorado, where adventure, challenges, and love are waiting....

Esther Zook is starting over after her father's death, piecing together a new life with as much care as she puts into her intricate quilts. When her wayward sister abandons her baby, it throws all those plans for a fresh start asunder. Esther had accepted her status as an old maid - but a mother? And a single one, at that? Not that she hasn't noticed Levi Kiem, the eligible young man who's making repairs in her house. Yet he surely has no interest in Esther as anything other than a friend....

It's true that Levi has plenty of marriage prospects. His dat has even offered to send him to Ohio to find a wife. Yet the more time he spends with Esther, the more intrigued he becomes. Feisty and independent, she's nothing like the wife he once imagined for himself. Yet just as a quilt is crafted from contrasting cloth, they might find that together, they can create a family to cherish....

©2021 Jennifer Beckstrand (P)2021 Tantor

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The narrator is awful. Her voice is annoying- she over emphasizes at the end of each sentence. The story seems to be great , but the narrator makes it impossible to continue.
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Annoying voice

Sorry, but the narrator’s voice was too “sing-songy” - her pitch was high and low - as if she were trying too hard. I ended up ignoring it during long stretches, but whenever I came back ti the book, it was a disappointing fact distraction all over again. In addition, she gave the main character’s speech an Irish accent (but she’s Amish, not Irish) in her dialogue.

The story was great fun, and I don’t mean to be critical., but you guys ask for feedback, so there you have it.

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the accent is way off it sounds Irish

the narrator did an ok job but she gave them an Irish accent, so that is distracting. the ending is a little slow to get to the point. but over all not a bad book.

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Bad narration, decent story

This was a nice story albeit a little drawn out, but the narrator was awful! She gave Colorado Amish an Irish accent, and there was very little differentiation between characters. I often lost track of which character was speaking.

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everything

it was everything a book needs...real story, laughter, sadness and interest. ending predictable but still a good story

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Finding God’s path for you even if it’s uncomfortable and scary

I loved Ester and Levi’s sweet Amish romance. The story is filled with all the emotions, the connections and the love plus, real relatable issues are addressed and resolved. Ester has recently moved to a new Amish community. Her non-Amish sister unexpectedly abandons her baby at Ester’s house. Just as she discovers the abandoned baby, Levi shows up to work on Ester’s bathroom. It’s a fun and emotional meet cute. On the way to their HEA, Ester and Levi have to deal with miscommunication, manipulative family members, painful pasts in order to learn to trust their own hearts and beliefs to find their way to a loving, respectful, and faith based relationship. This book has a little bit of everything - sweet moments, strong friendships and family, real life issues, imperfect characters, misunderstandings, laughs, and so much love. Jennifer Beckstrand did a phenomenal job of drawing me into the tale which allowed me to feel a part of the story and the characters’ lives rather than a simple observer. The emotions, issues, and challenges the characters face are universal and could easily be experienced in any segment of society. Expect to feel all the feels when you read this book - joy, sorrow, anxiety, love, and relief. You’ll definitely laugh, cry, gasp, and grit your teeth.

Rebecca Mitchell did a phenomenal job narrating the story and breathing life into the characters and the story with enough change of inflection, tone and cadence to voice multiple characters quite convincingly.

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Good story; younger sister abandons her daughter to het Amish sister. After several months comes back to claim her. The story is filled with raw emotions such as blame, guilt and sibling love.