The Saddle Maker's Son (Amish of Bee County Series #3)

The Saddle Maker's Son (Amish of Bee County Series #3)

by Kelly Irvin


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Rebekah Lantz feels imprisoned by circumstances she didn’t create. Tobias Byler is haunted by regret. Can two young runaways from half a world away teach them the healing power of true family?

Rebekah isn’t like her sister who left the Amish faith, but the watchful gaze of her family and small, close-knit Amish community makes her feel as if she’s been judged and found lacking. The men avoid her and the women whisper behind her back. She simply longs for the same chance to be a wife and mother that her friends have.

Tobias Byler only wants to escape feelings for a woman he knows he should never have allowed to get close to him. Moving with his family to isolated Bee County, Texas, seemed the best way to leave his mistakes behind. But even a move across the country can’t erase the past that accompanies his every thought.

A surprise encounter with two half-starved runaway children forces Rebekah and Tobias to turn to each other to help a sister and brother who have traveled thousands of miles in search of lives of unfettered peace and joy.

In doing so, Rebekah and Tobias discover the key to forgetting the past is the one that will open the door to love and the future they both seek.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310339861
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Series: Amish of Bee County Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 460,124
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeeper’s Son received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it a “beautifully woven masterpiece.” The two-time Carol Award finalist is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. Visit her online at Kelly; Instagram: kelly_irvin; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.

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The Saddle Maker's Son 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading the third book in this series. Must read series in order. Really enjoyed getting to know the people of Bee County :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was so predictable. None of the characters kept me interested. I did not enjoy the story
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Great book, Great series This story is quite different, I think anyway, than most Amish books as it involves lost illegal immigrant children who were sent by their grandmother to find their father. It was a moving book and shows how far the Amish will go to be helpful for 'anyone'. This has been a good series, it is better to read the three books in order, so enjoy!
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EpicFehlReader More than 1 year ago
I do like the themes Irvin works with here. Not only does she illustrate the pain of being shunned (either literally or figuratively) by the people you most love for things you cannot control, but also uses her characters to show that one can work through the forgetting or forgiving of mistakes through the process of helping others worse off. Perfect reminder any time of year but especially nice to read during this holiday season. :-) Rebekah herself is an admirable character, strong in her sense of self, comfortable with sharing her thoughts and opinions... a trait that gets her the label of "firecracker". Been there, girl. I can relate! {You say firecracker like it's a bad thing, ammirite ;-)} I also enjoyed experiencing the warm and caring sisterhood between Rebekah and Leila. I only have a brother myself, but this is what I imagine having a sister must feel like -- when you're on good terms with them that is! As far as the slow burning romance between Rebekah and Tobias, it was molasses slow for me! I can appreciate a decent slow burn but with these two I just kept wanting to hit the FF button already. Nope, just too lukewarm and dragged out IMO. I even laughed when at around 200 pages, after pages of started-cute-now-tedious bickering, Rebekah says "maybe we should start over..." What? aww no girl, there's only like 155 pages til final curtain so let's just wrap this forced mess up already, 'kay? Susan and Levi had a better story on that front (at least for me).... and the closing of David and Bobbie's story was pretty touching. My interest was primarily held simply on the story of the bundle package of cuteness known as Lupe and Diego. I found their journey to the States very much relevant to the times now, given the uncertainty many US citizens have over our newly elected president's statements / stand on immigration issues. This is just one story that illustrates that yes, borders have to be protected, but at the same time there are lives of children, CHILDREN, at stake... a reality that should not be taken lightly or approached with an all or nothing point of view. It's not and won't be a clear cut, black and white issue... there will be plenty of layers of gray for some time to come and at the very least we have to acknowledge that with an empathetic heart.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the entire Amish of Bee County series. The Saddle Maker’s Son is book three, plus there are also a couple of related novellas. Each one has been SO good! If you have not read the other books, I definitely recommend them. But, if you pick up The Saddle Maker’s Son without reading the other books, I think you will still be able to enjoy it as a stand alone. For me, each book has been a wonderful experience of returning to this unique community and seeing what is going on with each family. This novel covers so many different topics, such as immigration, grief, the woman’s place in the Amish community, forgiveness, and so much more. Sometimes it was hard to see Rebekah struggle with following the leading of the men in the community. However, the author handled it well, as she did with the other topics in the book, too. I loved the romances that filled this story. Both of the couples were equally enjoyable to read about and it was so good to see love flourish between these characters. I really enjoy stories with epilogues and The Saddle Maker’s Son had a great one that really made me smile. I loved this book from start to finish. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely story that I greatly enjoyed reading. The characters have become friends and I'm sorry to have to move on. The story is fully developed and well thought out. I enjoyed every moment that I was emersed in this sweet and lovely story. esk 11/2016
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
Amish stories are some of my favorite. And each different author I read gives a different perspective into their lives. Interesting how they hold fast to their faith in light of the world's circumstances that always seem to come into their communities in one way or the other. Rebekah has a sister that left her Amish home to marry Jesse, also Amish but they choose to live in the English world. For this Rebekah has been punished by her family and the boys in her community. They are all watching her afraid she'll leave just like her sister. Tobias has been moved with his family from a cooler environment to the hotter regions of Texas. Quite an adjustment. His dad wanted to get him away from an English girl he had grown to love. Tobias and his Dad make saddles and train horses. Rebekah is the local teacher's assistant. She comes across two dirty, hungry children hiding in the shed out back of the schoolhouse. A dilemma for all. These children have come illegally across the border from El Salvador by themselves. Do they follow the law or try to take care of them in their community? During the process of deciding what to do the children in the school learn some Spanish from Lupe and Diego and they learn English from the school children. The household tries some dishes from the children's country and the recipes are even included in the back of the book. In light of the world's standards and today's morals I find the innocence of the Amish and their courting so refreshing. All the blushing at the slightest interest by the opposite sex is so fun. So you will find romance in this story too. The characters were very lovable, even the deacons and bishops that are sometimes portrayed as harsh in their disciplines. All the minor characters added so much interest to the whole story as well. It just all came together beautifully. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and wasn't required to give a review, positive or otherwise.
Davisc More than 1 year ago
The Saddle Maker’s Son by Kelly Irvin Kelly Irvin writes more than just a romantic boy meets girl story in The Saddle Maker’s Son. Irvin creates real, flawed characters, each with their own troubles and brings them together in rather unusual circumstances. Rebekah Lantz, young Amish woman would love nothing better than to become a wife and mother, but feels there is a black mark upon her because her sister and brother in law left the Amish community to serve God elsewhere. Tobias Byler moves to town with his Daed and family trying to get away from his own past. These two meet under unusual circumstances—two young lost children from El Salvador. The two little ones steal Rebekah’s heart and she is determined to do whatever she can to help them. Tobias seems to run into Rebekah at every turn. She is pretty, but she seems bent on breaking the rules. But who is he to get on someone for breaking the rules after what he did? There is also the story of Susan, Rebekah’s step Aunt and Tobias’ father Levi. The many stories weaved into one is what makes Kelly Irvin’s The Saddle Maker’s Son such an enjoyable book. Travel to Bee County, Texas and get to know the Lantz and Byler families. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Saddle Maker's Son is the third installment from The Amish of Bee County series. I enjoyed this series and this book is no exception. The story is unique and I liked it. 4 stars.
Debi_2014andBeyond More than 1 year ago
The Saddle Maker’s Son is the third book in The Amish of Bee County series. I did not read the first two, but enjoyed this one as a stand alone. (I will admit, though, I think I would love to read books #1 and #2 just to see what I missed.) This is a romantic story of Rebekah Lantz, who lives in a small Amish community in Bee County Texas. She feels like her family does not trust her since her sister Leila left the Amish faith to marry Jesse Glick. Tobias Byler is an Amish man who has recently moved to Bee County along with his father, Levi and his nine siblings. As Levi is opening his new shop of making saddles and training horses he has an accident and the children are left to take care of themselves while he is in the hospital. Rebekah works as an assistant school teacher and has discovered two dirty and hungry runaway children The children hiding in the shed outside of the schoolhouse traveled across the border from El Salvador. It is discovered that the children traveled alone and were sent by their grandmother from El Salvador to Texas to hunt out their father, who is living in San Antonio. Rebekah also meets Tobias Byler and his father, Levi who brings the younger children to school. Will Rebekah turn Guadulupe ("Lupe") and Diego over to the proper authorities? Will this small Amish community open their hearts and arms to these runaway children? It was interesting to read how illegal children immigrants are handled. There is attraction and friction between Rebekah and Tobias as they worked to help the children find their father. Does Tobias have feelings for Rebekah and cannot show it? There is also another romance going on with Rebekah’s aunt and Tobias’s father. This story has all the things that makes a wonderful love story and reminds us that God wants us to help each other. The Saddle Maker's Son is very well written story and I could not put it down until the last page. It was a beautiful story and one that I will remember. I received a paperback copy of this book without cost from the publisher through The Fiction Guild, a Thomas Nelson/Zondervan book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
The Saddle Maker's Son by Kelly Irvin is book three in The Amish of Bee County series. This is book takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride. This is a book that is full of love, faith, devotion, heartache and pain. Be sure to order your copy of The Saddle Maker's Son today. 5 stars. I received a copy of this book for my honest review.
jewelrydiva More than 1 year ago
The Saddle Maker's Son by Kelly Irvin is a romantic story of Rebekah, a young Amish woman in Bee County Texas who comes across ill legal alien children who were from San Salvador. Her heart is immediately drawn to them and wants to help them find their dad. Tobias Byler an Amish man from Ohio rolls into Bee County at the same time Rebekah finds the children. There is an immediate attraction between Rebekah and Tobias, but also some friction as well. There is a lot going on with the two families and also a secondary romance between Rebekah's aunt and Tobias's father. This book is so sweet and endearing and I really enjoyed it. *I was given this book by the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rebekah Lantz feels she is being punished for things she is not responsible for. Tobias Byler is new to the community and has lots of regrets. Rebekah finds two runaways from far away and convinces them to stay in the community. Will They be able to find the kids dad? or will they be able to stay with their community? There is a lot going on in this book. A good read.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Sunday, July 24, 2016 The Saddle Maker's Son by Kelly Irvin, © 2016 The Amish of Bee County series, Book 3 Don't miss this series! I absolutely loved this story and was so involved in it that I couldn't put it down nearing the final chapters. The discussion questions included in the back are great to think on. The characters interact so well with conversation and care for each other. Learning to trust is a big issue that is surmounted, with the past benefiting the present. Kelly Irvin has written a today story so valuable to receive. A new family arrives at Beeville; widower Levi Byler and his six sons and three daughters. Levi and his two older sons are skilled in saddle making and training horses. I enjoyed learning about saddle making; the different layers and measuring. The story opens as the Bylers arrive at school with the younger children. There are two other children who have also arrived. Alone. A lesson learned in not being a stumbling block, able to help another. Hearts are healed as they wait upon the Lord for direction. I think this each time I finish reading a story in this series, but I really, really liked this one! An encouragement, not judging, but upholding another, benefiting from righting previous curves detoured near the path. This story could be enjoyed by any age group. The story is so well-written ~ I liked getting to know the characters more and felt a part of their day as they interacted. There is action and changes that require growth and understanding. Respect and honor become vital. A life well-spent. ***Thank you to author Kelly Irvin and to Zondervan/HarperCollins for sending me a copy of The Saddle Maker's Son to review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.*** Watch for a new series beginning in early 2017 ~ An Every Amish Season Novel: Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Ack, I cannot decide. Which one of this series I like best. Do you ever have that problem? The good thing about this series is you can read them and they will stand alone. Reading them all however, will help you see the whole picture. Kelly Irvin amazes me with her writing, I just feel like I am part of the story. This story was special, I felt like it showed a side we rarely see in Amish stories. The side that reaches past the Amish community. The side that took in two little children who were strangers among them. Also, I loved how that Rebekkah is very transparent (to the reader) about her struggle of being left in the unpleasant aftermath of her sister leaving the faith. This book really was a good read, and I related to Rebekkah and Susan both. They are strong women, and were willing to help the children, anyway they were able. I didn't mention the romantic aspects of this book, because the story was so much more than a romantic story. 4 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
I really liked this series, and was eager for the final book to be published. It did not disappoint! Once again, Kelly Irvin weaves a gentle, multi-generational love story around the Amish of Bee County, Texas. The main characters are people you quickly come to care about, I was glad to see Mordecai return in a supporting role - his wisdom and humor make him one of my favorites. And I was glad to see Jesse and Leila's story from The Bishop's Son extended. The author takes advantage of the Texas boarder country to address the issue of illegal immigrants from a compassionate viewpoint. And as always, her research makes her story ring true. For instance, I liked her description of saddle-making: Levi tells to Susan, "You start with a whole cow and a sheep. (What a great line; an interesting technical explanation follows.) Later in their conversation, Levi likens his craftsmanship in leather to God's work on us: "He keeps shaping us...smoothing away the rough edges and cutting away the excesses...eventually He'll see that honed character, that person He expects each of us to be." What could Susan say but "I reckon you're right"? I imagine Kelly Irvin had that same sense of satisfaction when she finished writing this book. Read it yourself and see if you don't agree with me!
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Amish Bee Country series. We meet Rebekah, reading a note from her sister, Lelia. Who with her boy friend Jessie went to the English world. Though they hadn't been baptized, they are shunned.This is a sorrow for the family, but also for Rebekah.wanting marriage and family. Yet men avoid her, and people whisper behind her back. Then there is Tobias, who is haunted by regret, having loved an English girl, yet he can't escape his thoughts. Finding the two children in the school shed, we meet Lupe and brother Diego.Coming from Mexico, from a grandma who wanted them to have a better life. The 4 of them are drawn together from pain and heartache. Dirty and hunger, how will there lives change having been found by Rebekah and Tobias. Can healing and being reunited with family be for Lelia and Jessie and their babies. The choices one makes, one doesn't realize how it may affect others. Given book by Net Galley for my honest opinion, of which I have given.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
Rebekah Lantz feels she’s being judged by the actions of her sister who left the Amish faith. Tobias Byler tries to leave his mistakes behind by moving to Bee County, Texas. Two sibling runaway children search for a better life. Kelly Irvin weaves the misfortunes of these four characters into a seamless and enjoyable story of forgetting the past. Beautiful characterizations and setting descriptions that bring the residents of Bee County alive for the reader.
ConR More than 1 year ago
The Saddle Maker's Son is the latest installment of Kelly Irvin's The Amish of Bee County series. This book is beautifully contemporary as well as totally Amish. Even the Amish culture is touched by issues of the day, as portrayed in this story that centers around two young children from El Salvador. Irvin must have used her time as a reporter in Texan-Mexican border towns to flesh out this story that rings with truth. Life is not easy, nor has it been easy for the families represented in this book. The hurts of the past, the promise of the future and the desire to please God all weave through the pages of the book, and the people who live within those pages. I love Bee County. I look forward to my next visit.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Another great visit in the Amish Bee County, and back with some dear friends, and family. This story brings a new family into the community, and they quickly become active members, especially when some lost little souls come through. These read brings a few new romances, some you will be surprised by, and others are just so sweet and seem so destined. Add to the mix another romance with an Englisher, the reason why the Byler’s moved her, and then some tragedy. Will these loving people be able to put away their differences and help two young Columbia alien children, they are running and so afraid, and yet hoping to find their father. We also find one of their own that has left the fold, coming to the aid of these little ones. I found my heart breaking when Rebecca’s sister stops by with her daughter, I can’t imagine not having my family in my life. This story does allow some healing, but the things that happen here, are going to make this book a page turner, and linger with you a long time after the final page is turned. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Saddle Maker’s Son by Kelly Irvin is the third book in The Amish of Bee County series. Susan King is the local schoolteacher and Rebekah Lantz is her assistant (and niece by marriage). Her mother and stepfather will not let her have a job in town since her sister, Leila left the Amish to marry Jesse Glick. Rebekah is outside the schoolhouse reading a letter Leila left for her (in a secret place they used when they were younger) when she discovers two children hiding out in the shed. The children are Lupe (short for Guadalupe) and Diego. They have traveled from El Salvador to Texas on their own (sent by their grandmother). Lupe and Diego are heading for San Antonio to find their father (can you imagine two young children coming all that way). They are hiding from the bad men who helped them get across the border. They want to catch Lupe and have her work for them (you know it is nefarious and immoral). Rebekah is trying to get them inside the schoolhouse when a wagon pulls up scaring them. Levi Byler has just moved to Bee County, Texas from Ohio and is enrolling his youngest children in school. Levi is a widower with nine children (can you imagine). His son, Tobias is with him and he helps Rebekah to locate Lupe and Diego. When Levi and Susan are introduced there are some definite sparks flying between the two of them. It is up to the leaders (the men) in the community on what happens with Lupe and Diego. Lupe and Diego need help (especially since they are in the country illegally) and they are just what is needed to help Rebekah and Tobias move forward with their lives (to let go of the past). They will need to work with Jesse Glick to help the children find their father and to keep them in the States. Read The Saddle Maker's Son to see how Rebekah, Tobias, and others work to help these two children. The Saddle Maker’s Son is a charming story. It is easy to read and enjoy. It is not a complex book and the ending is predictable, but I enjoyed this nice change of pace. The Saddle Maker's Son is part of a series, but it can be read as a standalone book. I do, however, recommend that you read the other books first. I think it would be beneficial in order to understand the Amish community (the people) and the issues they are dealing with in Bee County. I give The Saddle Maker's Son 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). It was interesting to read about how the system is handling illegal immigrants especially children. The great thing with books in a series is it gives the reader an opportunity to catch up with people you have come to know and love as well as be introduced to new characters. I will definitely be reading books by Kelly Irvin in the future. I received a complimentary copy of The Saddle Maker’s Son from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
Kelly Irvin's new novel, The Saddle Maker's Son, is one of the most moving stories I've read in a long time. Themes of love, faith, trust, and justice are interwoven throughout the stories of the Amish residents of Bee County. Although Rebekah Lantz has never had any desire to leave her faith or her community, she feels she is constantly being watched and judged because her sister left the Amish faith. All Rebekah wants is to be a wife and mother, but she fears she may never get the chance. Tobias Byler and his family have moved to Bee County from Ohio following his involvement with an Englisch woman. He hopes a change of scenery will help him move forward and leave his mistakes in the past. Two runaway refugee children unwittingly draw the Lantz and Byler families together. The families work together to protect and care for the children who have traveled many miles without food or shelter. While helping the children, Rebekah and Tobias discover their feelings for each other, but they must first learn to trust and to forget the past. As it turns out, they aren't the only two members of the families to discover love and find the courage to change their lives. Although The Saddle Maker's Son is the third novel in the Amish of Bee County series, it isn't necessary to read the first two books in order to understand the story. Each book can stand alone (but you will want to read the others!). The fast-moving action will hold your interest and keep you turning pages until the end. Kelly's characters are well developed and totally believable, and her descriptions are authentic and vivid. You will "see" the Texas landscape and "feel" the hurts and joys of the characters. This book easily earns five stars and is truly a book you won't want to miss. Thank you, Kelly, for such a touching enjoyable novel. Susan Simpson
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
The Saddle Maker’s Son by Kelly Irvin is a beautifully written novel. It is the third book in The Amish of Bee County Series. Tobias Byler and Rebekah Lantz first met outside at the local Amish School. Tobias is merely showing his brothers and sisters where they will begin school in Bee County, Texas. Rebekah is trying desperately to find the two runaway children she recently found in the school shed. Tobias’ family moved from Ohio to Texas to start anew. Will this newcomer to Bee County be able to help Rebekah and the runaway children? Will he be able to put his past behind him and look to the beautiful future God has in store for him? Kelly really brings the characters to life; while reading, you will feel like you are right there with them in Bee County, Texas, a most pleasant place to be! She does a great job relating the characters to circumstances that every one can relate to including pain, heartbrokenness, love, hope and second chances. I really enjoyed reading about the Amish of Bee County. I highly recommend getting a copy and reading this “can’t-put-it-down-until-you-finish-it” kind of book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest opinion, which I have given.