AMISH BOOKS

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Classic authors of the genre: Wanda Brunstetter, Beverly Lewis, Beth Wiseman

 

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Lizzie Searches for Love by Linda Byler

Running Around (and Such) It isn't that Lizzie doesn't want to stay Amish. It's just that there is so much for her to figure out. She has a hot temper. She hates housework and dislikes babies. She loves driving fast horses. Now that Lizzie is running around, will she scare off the Amish boys with her hi-jinks manners? What will become of Lizzie? When Strawberries Bloom A new love and even more questions enter Lizzie Glick's life as she becomes a schoolteacher. She loves the independence of running her own schoolroom. But at home things are in turmoil again. Her sisters have found their perfect matches, but Lizzie doesn't know what to think about Stephen and how he might fit into her life. Big Decisions Everything seems to have led up to this moment in Lizzie's life. Her curiosity, concern, and dreams have brought her to the verge of some very big decisions. Will she join the church? Will she continue teaching? Will she marry Stephen? Does she really want to get married anyway?

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Her Restless Heart by Barbara Cameron

Mary Katherine is caught between the traditions of her faith and the pull of a different life when Daniel, an Amish man from Florida arrives and she must choose between her longtime friend Jacob who has fallen in love with her and the English world of Florida with Daniel.

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Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

Kate Burkholder, offered the job of chief of police in Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish community where she grew up, believes she has securely put her past behind her, but the discovery of a body in a snowy field makes her realize she must confront what happened to her as a child and expose a dark secret that could destroy her and those she loves.

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The Amish Midwife by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould

A dusty carved box containing two locks of hair and a century-old letter regarding property in Switzerland, and a burning desire to learn about her biological family lead nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger from her home in Oregon to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. There she meets Marta Bayer, a mysterious lay-midwife who desperately needs help after an Amish client and her baby die. Lexie steps in to assume Marta's patient load even as she continues the search for her birth family, and from her patients she learns the true meaning of the Pennsylvania Dutch word demut, which means 'to let be' as she changes from a woman who wants to control everything to a woman who depends on God. A compelling story about a search for identity and the ability to trust that God securely holds our whole life - past, present, and future.

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Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer

An Amish settlement in Ohio has run afoul of a law requiring their children to attend public school. Caleb Bender and his neighbors are arrested for neglect, with the state ordering the children be placed in an institution. Among them are Caleb's teenage daughter, Rachel, and the boy she has her eye on, Jake Weaver. Romance blooms between the two when Rachel helps Jake escape the children's home. Searching for a place to relocate his family where no such laws apply, Caleb learns there's inexpensive land for sale in Mexico, a place called Paradise Valley. Despite rumors of instability in the wake of the Mexican revolution, the Amish community decides this is their answer. And since it was Caleb's idea, he and his family will be the pioneers. They will send for the others once he's established a foothold and assessed the situation. Caleb's daughters are thrown into turmoil. Rachel doesn't want to leave Jake. Her sister, Emma, who has been courting Levi Mullet, fears her dreams of marriage will be dashed. Miriam has never had a beau and is acutely aware there will be no prospects in Mexico. Once there, they meet Domingo, a young man and guide who takes a liking to Miriam, something her father would never approve. While Paradise Valley is everything they'd hoped it would be, it isn't long before the bandits start giving them trouble, threatening to upset the fledgling Amish settlement, even putting their lives in danger. Thankfully no one has been harmed so far, anyway.

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Holding a Tender Heart by Jerry S. Eicher

Debbie Watson is a young Englisha girl who has grown up admiring her Amish friends, the Beiler sisters. As she prepares to graduate from college, Debbie considers making the life-changing decision to convert to the Amish faith and lifestyle. Soon Debbie's presence in the community attracts the attention of two suitors: Alvin Knepp, the youngest son of a poor Amish farmer, to whom Debbie is very much attracted; and Paul Wagler, the more successful and sought-after man, whose constant attention to Debbie reminds her of her old Englisha boyfriend--whom she'd rather forget.

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Abigail's New Hope by Mary Ellis

Abigail Graber, an Amish midwife, is confined to the county jail after a devastating delivery ends with a young mother dying and while she searches for forgiveness her sister, Catherine, comes to the Graber farm to help care for Abigail's young children and endeavors to teach Abigail's husband's cousin Isaiah, who is deaf, to communicate.

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Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller

Adam was her first love and best friend. But then he went away. Determined to experience the freedom of living in the Englisch world, he left Emma heart-broken. How could he have chosen the world over her?

Now Adam is back in Middlefield and Emma can't seem to keep him away from her family's farm. But this time she's determined to guard her heart. It might be love that keeps him there . . . or perhaps just guilt.

When a newcomer arrives in town and shows an interest in Emma, she dismisses Adam's insistence that she be cautious. All this attention is new to her and she doesn't know quite how to accept it. Emma knows her Heavenly Father treasures her. But will her new beau?

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