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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Rebecca's Bouquet by Lisa Jones Baker

Three young Amish women, gifted with hand-carved hope chests to hold their treasures and their dreams for the future, find the inspiration they need to help them reconcile love and faith in the most unexpected ways... The last thing Rebecca Sommer dreamed her plan to wed would bring is a heart-wrenching choice. She thought she and her betrothed, William, would spend the rest of their lives in Illinois' heartland, raising a family in their close-knit Amish hometown. But when he must travel far out of state to save his ailing father's business, Rebecca braves her relatives' disapproval - and her own fears - to go work by his side. And though she finds herself ever more in love with the dedicated, resourceful man he proves to be, William's growing interest in English ways may be the one challenge even her steadfast faith can't meet... William knows he couldn't ask for a more loyal wife-to-be. And the bravery that helps Rebecca tackle every obstacle makes her even more admirable. He simply won't ask her to sacrifice her deepest beliefs, no matter how right they are for each other. But the patience and care that crafted Rebecca's hope chest is somehow showing them there's more than one way prayers can be answered - and hearts brought together forever...

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Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

A young Amish woman fends off the matchmaking efforts of her fellow passengers on the Charming Nancy--the ship that brought the first wave of Amish to America in 1737.

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The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Gray

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she's pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love - the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author's new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series. Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she's happy because she's away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona's real joy is in being away from her fiancé. Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her-and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona's faced with two vastly different futures. Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

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Caroline's Secret by Amy Lillard

In Amy Lillard's poignant introduction to Wells Landing, a small Amish community is home to two brave souls hoping to forget their painful pasts and rebuild their faith in the future. . .Caroline Hostetler arrived in Oklahoma determined to forge a new life for herself and her daughter, Emma. As a single mother, she values the warmth and safety she's found in close-knit Wells Landing. She's even caught the eye of a handsome newcomer--a man who just may be the partner she longs for and the father Emma deserves. But the arrival of an Englisher threatens to lay bare the secrets she's worked so hard to leave behind. . .After losing his life-long sweetheart, Andrew Fitch moved to Wells Landing to work in his uncle's furniture business and nurse his broken heart. Finding love again seems all but impossible--until he meets Caroline and Emma. But his plans to join their lives together may be shattered when the truth of Caroline's past comes to light--unless, together, they can learn the true meaning of sacrifice and forgiveness. . .

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Wonderful Lonesome by Olivia Newport

In a struggling Amish settlement on the harsh Colorado plain, Abbie Weaver refuses to concede defeat to hail, drought, and coyotes, even as families begin to give up and return east. The biggest challenge of all is the lack of a spiritual shepherd and regular worship. When Abbie discovers the root of a spiritual divide that runs through the settlement, she faces her own decisions about what she believes. She must choose between a quiet love in her cherished church, passion with a man determined to leave the church, or imagining her life with neither.

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An Amish Kitchen by Beth Wiseman

A Recipe for Hope-Eve Bender and her family are forced to move in with her parents for two months while the house is being repaired. Not an easy task-loading up husband and three teenage boys in their rumschpringe to grandma and grandpa's house. Eve and Benjamin have been raising their children according to the Ordnung, but they've also allowed some liberties that Eve is certain will create some friction. Can peace reside in this house of old and new? A Spoonful of Love-Hannah King is determined to prove that she can run the Paradise Inn Bed & Breakfast and take care of her parents without anyone else's help. But when Stephen Esh, a bachelor from Sugarcreek, Ohio, comes to stay, can Hannah see past her stubbornness to find true love brewing in her kitchen? A Taste of Grace-Amish herbalist, Deborah "Fern" Zook knows that life began in a garden; she just wishes God would plant a suitable man in her life. When the handsome and brooding Abram Fisher arrives at her door with a sick child in his arms, it seems as though Fern has gotten her wish, but how do two different personalities entwine to grow a faithful love?

 

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A Season for Tending by Cindy Woodsmall

In a community where conformity flourishes, seeds of Rhoda’s odd behavior were planted long ago. Can she cultivate her relationships with the same care and tenderness that she gives her beloved garden? Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s “gift” is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business. Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family’s apple orchard profitable. As the eldest son, Samuel farms with his brothers, the irrepressible Jacob and brash Eli, while his longtime girlfriend Catherine remains hopeful that Samuel will marry her when he feels financially stable. Meanwhile, Samuel’s younger sister Leah is testing all the boundaries during her rumschpringe, and finds herself far from home in Rhoda’s garden after a night of partying gone badly. But Leah’s poor choices serve as a bridge between Rhoda and the King family when a tragic mistake in the orchard leaves Samuel searching for solutions. Rhoda’s expertise in canning could be the answer, but she struggles with guilt over the tragic death of her sister and doesn’t trust herself outside her garden walls. As the lines between business, love, and family begin to blur, can Rhoda finally open up to a new life? And what effect will this odd, amazing woman have on the entire King family?

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A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid

How far can God's mercy reach? Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock and thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve her future. Josiah Plank is certain he'll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined. Lindie experiences a breakthrough with Hannah when she recognizes Hannah's special gifts, but a risky pregnancy and serious health issues threaten to demolish the foundation Josiah and Lindie are building. Will their growing love survive despite their struggles, or will their hearts become as cold as the northern winter?

 

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